[Freemanlist2] “The Jewish Peace Corps”: Jewish Agency Sending Young People to Volunteer in Distressed Communities Around the World

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Distressed Communities Around the World
1,000 Young People to Serve Communities in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, 
Mexico, Peru, and Israel

The Jewish Agency for Israel  JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The Jewish Agency for 
Israel has started recruiting young people from Israel and around the world 
to volunteer in distressed communities in Africa, South America, and Israel, 
as part of the organization’s Project TEN program. A launch event was hosted 
by Israeli Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni and was attended by dozens 
of Jewish community leaders, diplomats, philanthropists, Jewish Agency 
representatives, and former participants in the program.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky 
said: “Through Project TEN, The Jewish Agency is creating a real opportunity 
for young Jewish people who want to be part of something bigger than 
themselves – to better their world through common work with young people 
like themselves from Israel and around the world. In so doing, Project TEN 
connects these young people’s vision of a better future with their Jewish 
roots. Making this wonderful initiative happen is yet another way for us  to 
concretize Jewish and Zionist values.”

In recent weeks, hundreds of students at top American universities have 
participated in on-campus information sessions hosted by Project TEN in 
order to familiarize them with volunteer opportunities at the three 
international centers currently operating in Winneba, Ghana; Gondar, 
Ethiopia; and Oaxaca, Mexico. The volunteers may also choose to serve at the 
two Israeli centers in the southern city of Arad and Kibbutz Harduf in 
northern Israel, where they will run programs to empower Bedouin youth, new 
immigrants, at-risk teens, and individuals with special needs.

Billed as “the Jewish Peace Corps, “ Project TEN was created by The Jewish 
Agency three years ago and offers young people from Israel and around the 
world the opportunity to live together in distressed communities and realize 
the Jewish values of tzedakah (social justice) and tikkun olam (repairing 
the world) by helping empower local residents. Each participant receives a 
tailor-made volunteer program of several weeks or months in length, 
depending on their availability and preferences. Together, participants 
volunteer in educational, agricultural, and health-related initiatives, 
working together with local organizations and Jewish groups active in the 
area. The ultimate goal is to develop local residents’ leadership skills and 
empower them to create models for sustainable development well after the 
volunteers return to their home countries. The volunteers themselves return 
to their communities with a greater drive to engage in local activism and 
become involved in Jewish life.

In Ghana, Project TEN volunteers serve in the fishing town of Winneba, where 
they work with local residents and the fishermen’s children. They run an 
educational center in which local children receive enrichment classes in a 
range of subjects and a mobile computer lab that provides digital knowledge 
to students whose prior exposure to computers was limited to sketches of 
keyboards on paper. The volunteers also work in the fishing village of 
Akosua, which maintains some of the world’s most ancient fishing practices, 
teaching local children in a coconut hut.

In Mexico, volunteers serve in Oaxaca, where a series of natural disasters 
have prompted the creation of a Project TEN center to help local residents 
improve their preparedness and raise their standard of living. The center is 
run in partnership with the Mexican Jewish organization CADENA, which 
specializes in serving communities struck by national disasters. The 
volunteers work in dozens of far-flung, isolated communities spread across 
the vast, mountainous region.

Project TEN Director Yarden Zornberg notes that two additional volunteer 
centers are set to open in the coming year. One will be hosted by the Jewish 
community of Durban, South Africa, where volunteers will work with local 
tribespeople, and the other will be located in Cusco, Peru, offering 
backpackers the opportunity to combine their treks with volunteerism. 
According to Zornberg, more than one thousand volunteers are expected to 
serve in all seven Project TEN centers, engaging in activism over extended 
periods and realizing core Jewish values in the process.

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