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What does it mean to build real, authentic, and lasting change in a community – all while engaging short-term volunteers in the process? Since 2007, the folks at Tevel b’Tzedek, an NGO that sends Israeli and Jewish volunteers from all over the world to serve in Nepal, have been answering this exact question.
Tevel offers three different volunteer opportunities set in their network of Nepali villages: 1 month cultural exchanges and service trips, 4 month in-depth study and volunteer experiences, and 1-year fellowships focused on agriculture, education, health and media. In their unique approach, they work with an extensive Nepali-based staff and local leaders within the communities to make sure the volunteers tap into part of a larger, slowly-building movement, and can make meaningful change during their time in Nepal.
Repair the World spoke with recent volunteer, Matthew Kessler (MK), and Tevel Nepali staff member, Aatamram Neupane (AN), to find out how Tevel’s unique approach to service work plays out in the real world. Like what you read and ready for an adventure? Apply to volunteer with Tevel b’Tzedek today!