Join Tevel b’Tzedek’s Sustainable Development service program in Zambia!
This September, join a group of like minded adventurers and activists in a life changing service learning experience in Rural Zambia. Work alongside local and international activists to create sustainable change for rural communities, while participating in Tevel’s training experience, introducing you to one of the most important movements on the current Global Agenda – ensuring all mankind have a chance for a full and dignified life, no matter who they are and where they live.
Tevel’s local partners are doing innovative work intended to improve the livelihoods and capacity of rural communities across Zambia. Tevel’s volunteers will be integrated into specific roles within these programs, based on individual skill sets and interests. Volunteer roles will vary and are designed to provide maximum impact for the NPOs and their beneficiaries by leveraging the skill sets of short-term volunteers, for example:
Youth agriculture outreach intern – volunteers will work alongside local youth in developing an income generating farm to support local schools.
SME business administration coach – supporting community based enterprises in best practices of administration and business management.
Social Media Advocacy Intern – Supporting a local organization by improving their online presence and developing a communications strategy for advocacy purposes.
Women’s health awareness outreach intern – Engaging teenage women in raising awareness to women’s health issues and enhancing pertinent activities.
Volunteers will participate in a unique academic and professional curriculum, contextualizing the service across several disciplines, in addition to providing practical tools and experience. Starting from pre-flight zoom sessions and recommended readings, through in-country orientation and onboarding, followed by weekly sessions and monthly weekend seminars and concluding in an end seminar, participants will engage in an array of activities and training across the following themes:
International Development – Ethics, History and Politics
Tikkun Olam – Social Justice in the Jewish Tradition
Local Challenges, Global Context
Storytelling and Advocacy training
Research project – assessing impact and best practices in the field
The program is facilitated by our own Israeli facilitators and Program managers, and supported by local staff members, and professional academic resources.
The program’s duration will be divided between service and learning – with service posts dispersed across Zambia, and most learning sessions done in the capital in the larger group setting.
The program is cohort based, with 15-25 participants per program, divided into smaller groups according to volunteer posts. Volunteers will be housed together in dormitory settings.
The program is designed to be Jewish pluralistic, meaning scheduling, food and logistics is designed to cater for all denominations as best as possible.
The program is 80% subsidized through our partnership with the Israeli Shalom-Corps, in addition to special philanthropic support from The Pears Foundation and The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, covering all costs of accommodation, ground transportation, food and educational programming. Participants are expected to cover their own International travel, visa and traveler’s insurance, in addition to a participation fee of $1440 ($16 a day, for 90 days). Scholarships will be available through the generous support of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Family Foundation and so participation costs should not be a barrier for anyone interested in the program
The upcoming program will run from the 29th of September to the 27th of December.
The program entails living in rural settings and outdoor activity – walking distances, working outdoors and living with little to no indoor plumbing, electricity and mobile network for extended periods.
The Program entails living and working in group settings, and requires cooperation, mutual respect and sociability.