Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about life in our village

Here, some of the most common ones are answered

Before arrival

Usually the minimum period is one year. This helps create stability, security, and peace of mind for the residents. Additionally, the volunteers need time to get to know the work in the village and its way of life.
The human resources team in the village will contact you to coordinate when you arrive. Usually the volunteer year starts during the summer months (July and August).
In general, you need only personal items such as clothes and shoes (preferably shoes suitable for working outside). The village provides everything else. Of course, you should feel free to bring musical instruments, art materials, and anything that will help you feel more at home!
You can turn to your designated home parents at any time, or any of the other people who were involved in integrating you into village life.
Placement of volunteers in the houses is done according to the specific needs of the houses and the dates of arrival. Before you arrive, the parents of your designated house will contact you.
Based on the interview and introductory meeting with you, we ascertain which of the workshops is most suitable. We consider your preferences, but what ultimately determines your placement is suitability to the needs of the village.

People

Yes. The house parents guide the volunteers and support them at work, in the house, and in caring for the residents. Each workshop also has a responsible permanent staff member who directs the volunteers and supports them in the professional and practical aspects of the tasks and in working with the residents. In the weekly seminar, lessons are provided that provide you with tools and resources for working with the residents.
In addition to the house parents, each house has 4-5 volunteers completing their year of service or national service, post-army work, and/or volunteers from abroad. In the workshops and the evening activities, you will work with various staff members.
The main work and the closest relationship will be with the residents in your assigned house, but you will have the opportunity to work with other residents in the workshops and during the evening activities.

Terms of Volunteer Service

There is a laundry serve at the village, which anyone can use. There is also a washing machine and drier for use by volunteers who wish to take care of their own laundry. and drier for use by volunteers who wish to take care of their own laundry.
There is a staff room with internet service and an open wi-fi connection.
The village covers all of the volunteers’ room and board, daily financial needs, insurance and medical care. Bed sheets, towels, simple cosmetics like toothpaste, soap, shampoo etc. are provided as well. In addition the volunteers get about $180.-/month and in the end of a year, a bonus of about $380.- as a support for the home travelling.
Most of the volunteers live in rooms within the house where they work. Most have a private room with its own shower and toilet. Some volunteers live in separate apartments, with bathrooms that are shared by several people.
Usually volunteers do not share bedrooms, except of times when there is a need to share with another co-worker (like for renovations etc.)
In Kfar Rafael, we eat a healthy and balanced vegetarian diet. Most of the food is organic, and some of it is grown in our orchards and vegetable gardens. We can provide for the needs of vegans as well.

Time

This is a general time table. It may change according to house, activity and need.
7:00-8:00 Waking the villagers up and helping them      according to their needs, preparing breakfast.
8:00-9:00 Breakfast, and dishwashing.
9:00 “Morning song” – a gathering of the whole village for a song, a morning verse and announcements.
9:15 -12:15 Work in one of the workshops with the villagers.
12:30 -13:30 Lunch, cleaning and preparing for rest hour.
13:30 – 16:00 Noon break, Siesta, Schlafstunde 🙂
16:00 Afternoon snack.
16:30 – 18:00 Work in the workshops.
18:00- 18:45 Showers, supper preparation.
18:45 – 19:45 Supper, dish washing and time in the house.
19:45 Evening activities according to volunteer’s initiative, usually in pairs and guided by a house parent.
20:30 “Club” time in the house and settling.
Every volunteer has one day off a week. Every five or six  weeks they have a free weekend, from Thursday noon   till Sunday morning.There are 28 days of vacation: 4 days during the Sukkot holiday (in the fall), 4 days for Chanukah (in the winter), 6 days for Passover (in the spring) and 14 days during the summer. Volunteers may leave the village during their free days.

The volunteer team enjoys a variety of recreational facilities:

a sports field, a staff clubroom, wireless internet, a membership at the local swimming pool, a library, well-tended outdoor areas for sitting together, and more.

Contact us

Phone No.: +972 8-6462300

Fax: +972 8-6418102

Email: volunteer@krafael.org.il

Address: Kfar Rafael, P.O.B. 425, Be’er Sheva, 8410301

You are welcome to contact us…