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Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps | HUNGARY

Connect with Jews from around the world at JDC's international summer camp, Szarvas.

About JDC in Hungary

Hungary is home to some 120,000 Jews making it the fourth largest Jewish population in Europe and JDC has a long history working inside its borders. In the aftermath of World War I, JDC responded to the dire needs of Jews ravaged by hunger, disease, and war. Since World War I, JDC has offered assistance to Hungarian Jews during the darkest days of World War II, in the communist era, and now in the aftermath of communism's fall. The country held its first multiparty elections in 1990, and in the last 20 years, has developed a market economy and joined the European Union in 2004. The transition to a market economy was welcomed on the world stage but its effects were not all positive. Elderly Jews, many of them Holocaust survivors, were particularly hit hard in this new economy and found themselves unable to meet their basic needs on a fixed income. JDC works in Hungary to provide social services to the neediest, expand Jewish renewal and outreach activities, and promote community development.

Volunteer Placement

Camp Szarvas

The International Jewish Youth Summer Camp in Szarvas, Hungary, was established in 1990 by JDC and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation with the aim to create an international Jewish experience for Jewish youth in Eastern and Central Europe. After the Holocaust and 50 years of repression of Jewish life under communism, Szarvas enables young Jews of Eastern Europe to find and build their Jewish identity. Since its founding, the camp has grown tremendously, today hosting 2,000 youngsters each summer from more than 20 different countries around the world including Romania, Russia, Former Yugoslavia, Turkey, India, Israel and more. Szarvas serves as a catalyst to build Jewish life and meet friends from around the world. Exposing its participants to an unparalleled Jewish experience through its cultural, linguistic, and Jewish diversity, Szarvas is a unique informal education arena. The camp's program blends a challenging Jewish educational program with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, Israeli dancing, swimming, sports, canoeing and more. The camp is led by an international educational staff and as such it serves as a platform for the development of Jewish communal leadership for the participating communities. A second home for participants, Szarvas is a dynamic and vital part of the global Jewish revival.

Fellows will be serving in a number of madrichim (counselors) roles at Szarvas for two camp sessions.

Desired Roles:

• Sports Madrich: The Sport Madrichim will lead 6 activities a day for campers ages 6-18. Sports Madrichim should have creative leadership and sport skills in order to create various sport activities. Sport Madrichim also lead different sport competitions such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, running, swimming, etc...

• Wall Climbing Madrich: The Wall Climbing Madrichim are responsible for running wall climbing sessions for all ages. In this role, the Madrich will lead this activity for kids, teaching them how to wall climb, how to support each other and generally encourage kids though the activity. (Note: you do not need prior experience in climbing, but an interest in learning as you will receive training at camp).

• Madrich Leader of Challenge Park: The Challenge Park is an important part of the camp where groups of campers come for a variety of team building games. During these team building sessions, through various obstacle courses and dynamic activities, the groups learn about each other and how they can better work together. In this role, the Madrich will give time for reflection and feedback in order to further help the group develop. The Madrich Leader of the Challenge Park is ideal for someone with experience in team building.

• Arts Madrich: Art Madrichim lead up to several activities a day for ages 6-18. In this creative role, the Art Madrich should have the ability to connect kids to Judaism through arts and crafts. During the second session, the Art Madrich will also be responsible for the general camp decorations as well as decorations for special events. This role is ideal for someone who enjoys various creative art projects!

• Media Fellow: The Media Fellow will document the amazing atmosphere at Camp Szarvas through several media modalities. This Fellow will be responsible for taking photos and videos throughout the camp days and organizing the pictures. The Media Fellow will also assist with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This Fellow will also prepare written reports on the activities of the summer, including collecting interviews, quotes and highlights from madrichim and kids. This role is ideal for someone with skills in writing, interviewing, photography and social media.

*JDC Global Leadership Grants JDC does not want the cost of the program to prevent your participation. If you are unable to contribute the full participation fee, we encourage you to apply for a JDC Global Leadership Grant (see JDC Global Leadership Grant section of online application). JDC willaward JDC Global Leadership Grants to a select number of participants on an as-need basis. Your decision to apply for a JDC Global Leadership Grant will not impact selection decisions. Beyond applying for a JDC Global Leadership Grant, we also encourage you to fundraise to cover the cost of your participation. We are happy to provide guidance as you reach out to friends and family to seek donations for this worthwhile experience.

Program Dates:
June 16 –July 22, 2016

for session 1

July 17 – August 19, 2016

for session 2

Application Deadline:
April 18, 2016

Desired Qualifications:
Desired Skills for Sports, Wall Climbing and Challenge Park Madrichim:
• Interest and background in adventure sports/general sport activities
• Experience coaching/working with kids
• Able to organize and excite sports related activities
• Wall climbing experience would be a plus or willingness to be trained in climbing
• Interest or background in leadership building and group cohesion
Desired Skills for Arts Madrich:
• Interest or background in arts
• Experience working with youth and facilitating arts activities
• Able to design and organize exciting arts activities
Desired Skills for Media Fellow:
• Experience in photography, PR, interviewing/documentation
• Skills in video making/editing skills could be a plus
• Friendly personality, able to talk with and interview campers & counselors
• Experience in writing
• Experience with social media, including Instagram, twitter, Facebook
• Jewish knowledge is very important in order to accurately articulate Jewish associated camp activities and events
Desired Skills for All Roles:
• Experience working with kids of various ages
• Experience at Jewish camp or programing
• Background in Jewish informal or formal education would be a plus
• Interest in learning about our Global Jewish Community

Participation Fee: $700 (Global Leadership Grants available)*
This includes:

• Comprehensive health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Housing
• Airport pickup
• Transportation to camp
• Meals while in camp

This does not include:
• Roundtrip airfare to Hungary
• Local Transportation
• Any personal expenses
• Food when not at camp

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Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief. Learn more:

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