The International School encourages all of its students to participate in a variety of volunteer options. While volunteering is not a requirement of students who study in the International School, we strongly encourage all students to participate. It allows the student to meet and develop close connections with Israelis and to understand more about many of the social problems affecting Israel. This endeavor also provides the student with an opportunity to leave their mark in Israel before returning to their home country. Transportation to volunteer placements within Haifa is the responsibility of the student.
Einstein Elementary School
Elementary School: Our students teach English inside the classroom as helpers to the English teacher. For the younger grades, they teach English through childhood games and songs.
Bnei Zion and Ahuza Elderly Communities
Visiting Elderly Communities: Each student volunteers with an elderly person in their residence, speaks English with him or her, listening to life stories and spending some quality time with him or her. “We talk about the life at the home she lives in or news that changes every week.” (Stephanie R, Brandeis)
Food Packaging: Every Thursday afternoon students prepare food packages to be delivered to needy families in time for Shabbat.
Leo Baeck Educational Center
Kindergarten: Our students teach English to Ethiopian kindergarten children and their parents. “We taught Ethiopian women basic English words including colors, My name is:, and daughters and sons…” (Jamie K, University of Florida)
Elementary School: Our students teach English inside the classroom as helpers to the English teacher. They provide extra help for students who struggle or need more time.
Clubhouse: Our students organize extra-curricular activities for school children after their school day. This creates a space for children to be together instead of going home to an empty house.
Middle School: Our students teach English and give private tutoring for the children. They spend three hours a week with each child teaching him or her the basics of the language.“Today I showed the students a video of Steve Jobs commencement speech in Stanford University. I used this video to practice their comprehension and critical thinking (Kyle C, Knox College)
Community Center: Our students go once a week for either one-on-one tutoring/homework help or creating extra-curricular activities for groups of children together. “On Tuesday I started coaching soccer at one of the Leo Beck institutes after school community center. The kids I met were extremely nice and I think that working with 10 or so kids is a good number for soccer (Daniel K, American University).