Category Archives: Volunteer

‘The Projects’ at Kavanah Garden

October 31, 2010
‘The Projects’ went to close the Kavanah Garden.
Projects for the day included covering beds to keep them insulated for the winter, cleaning all tools, building beds for next year and harvesting sunflower seeds and peppers.

Students and young professionals closing the garden for the winter.

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Volunteering week 4- Kadima

Last week we moved from our first camp to the Kadima Youth Club, where kids
meet every day after school throughout the year as well as during the summer
vacation. The atmosphere at Kadima is much different. There are fewer kids and
they have more free time so we have more of an opportunity to spend individual
time with them and make a connection.
Our first experience when we arrived to Kadima was playing a card game with
two of the kids. It is called Kareh Kupeh (Signal or Kent in English). We had a
lot of fun, especially because the kids cheated in increasingly obvious ways.
By the end, they were attempting to rip the cards out of our hands to see what
we had. However, we got the last laugh as I discovered that their signal was
kicking each other under the table. I simply placed my legs between them and
whenever I felt a kick, I announced “Kareh Kupeh!” and won the round, much to
their amazement.
On Monday we went with the kids to the swimming pool and on Tuesday we
went on a trip to Jerusalem. We started with a tour at the newly renovated Israel
Museum, followed by lunch and then some arts and crafts. Then, after getting
slightly lost on the bus ride with the bus driver who had no idea how to get to the
Old City, we made our way to the Kotel where we had just a few minutes before it
was time to return to Bat Yam.
Back at Kadima, we helped the kids and counsellors paint the set for the
upcoming closing performance with the theme of Hisardut (Survivor). Also, we
spent lots of time with the kids preparing and rehearsing lines, dances, and
videos for the performance.
We also prepared a Canada Day for the kids. I played a trivia game with them
and helped them find Canada on the map. Nechama helped them decorate
Canadian flags and make paper snowflakes. David organized a relay race that
highlighted various aspects of Canadian culture. The kids had a lot of fun and
learned a lot of new things about Canada.
Overall, we have had a lot of fun at Kadima and even after just one week we
have made a great connection with the kids.
-Brian Shaposhnik

the last few days in mclaod-ganj

Visiting India again…

It’s so interesting to experience it all once again: the cows on the streets, the funny interaction with the rickshaw drivers, the intense markets that never stops moving, the way you can see progress in the same street lying next to tradition, and the beautiful landscape that shares the same space with the dirt and garbage on the streets. I have the opportunity to see all of these things while working as a volunteer for the community library. While working there I get to meet new people from Tibet, some of them just arrived and were able to escape from there, some arrived few years earlier and some were born here and never got to see Tibet, their home land. What we were asked to do is to try and extend the amount of people who come to the library in order to have more Tibetans that will read books, in English or Tibetan. It’s a pretty challenging task, because we can try to do it in so many different ways, but we have such a short time and we want to try and do it all…. in the mean time we are trying to see if we can even just give good ideas for the people who work in the library, so maybe in the future they will be able to put them into action. We are staying in a guesthouse in the TCV village, and it’s really quite and nice there so we have time to know the members of our own group, and it’s great. Either way, I’m glad I got this opportunity to come back to India, to work with the Tibetans and local community, to give something from myself to others, and I’m very excited to see what will happen next.
efrat, from israel.