PLANNING AHEAD

 

Q: Who can apply?

A: If you are a believer and sense the call of God to be an ambassador for Israel in your church community, city or nation, then Shagririm is potentially for you! We welcome applicants of all ages, from the young to the young at heart. Singles and couples are both welcome. 

 

Q: Is this like a tour to Israel?

A: The purpose of this trip to Israel is different than joining a tour. On a tour, you see the popular sites and enjoy the wonderful experience of seeing where the majority of the Bible took place. Shagrirm takes things a couple steps further by taking you to many places that regular tours don't go, meeting and learning from leaders and teachers that you wouldn't usually meet, and the purpose is unique - to equip you to be a biblically based ambassador for Israel. Especially since the media is so biased towards Israel, it is important for believers to come and discover for themselves what the truth about Israel is. And the best way to learn is to see first-hand what is taking place and to dig through the scriptures with qualified and experienced teachers. 

 

Q. Why do applicants need to be ‘sent out’ by their local body?

A. Please understand that this academy is desiring to work with relational people who have made themselves accountable to others and have a circle of support, accountability, and influence in which they can truly be ambassadors for Israel. 

 

Q. How do I apply?

A. Our application process is as follows:

1. Hit the Apply button and fill in the application.

2. Ask your Pastor or spiritual leader send a reference letter to: deanna@aliyahreturncenter.com 

3. Review the FAQs to assist you in preparing for your time in Israel.

4. Await confirmation from us before paying the program fees or booking your flight.

5. When you have received confirmation of acceptance into the Shagririm  Ambassadors Academy, please pay a $500 USD deposit, with the rest payable 30 days prior to the start date of the program.

6. Arrange your flight and email us your itinerary at deanna@aliyahreturncenter.com.  Please see FAQs for arrival options.

 

 

Q. What if I want to arrive earlier? 

A. Extra costs will be on your own account.
 

Q: What is the currency in Israel? Can I use my credit card?

A: The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) Check this website for current conversion rates. http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. The cost of living is high in Israel and you might be surprised by the cost of some things. Money can be easily withdrawn from most ATM's, banks, or money changers. The exchange rate is often better in the Land than abroad. Your credit or debit card will access your bank account but make sure you have a four-digit access code.

 

Q. What travel documents do I need?

A. You need a passport valid for 6 months after you arrive back home. Travelers from countries in North America and Europe will be granted a 90-day tourist visa on arrival.  Travelers from other countries may need a VISA.  For more information about requirements for your country, go to www.mfa.gov.il.  Before traveling, you should make copies of your travel documents including the first two pages of your passport, airplane tickets, any travel insurance, credit cards, visas, etc. Keep one copy with you separate from your documents, and leave another with a trusted person at home or with whom you are traveling.

 

Q: Do I need any vaccinations?

A: Special vaccinations are not required in Israel.

 

Q: Do I need a visa?

A: This depends on where you are coming from. Interns from North America or Europe are granted a 3-month tourist visa upon arrival. Please check with the Israeli Embassy in your country if you are unsure.

 

Q: Should I get travel insurance?

A: Yes, please arrange medical travel insurance. 

 

Q. What is the weather like?

A. Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem area. Daytime highs will be between 15-27°C (60-81°F) in Jerusalem and 17-35°C (62-95°F) in Tiberias and the Dead Sea area.  November to February can have rain, with a possible snowfall in the Jerusalem area. Summers are hot and the Galilee is humid. For more details click here.

 

Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?

A. In the winter bring layers as the heating is not like in North America. A warm coat, an umbrella, and shoes that can tolerate puddles should suffice outdoors. Some days could be sunny and warm, so a T-shirt is still a good idea.

Summers are hot, nonetheless, modesty is important.  Loose fitting clothing is cooler, and both men and women should bring something to cover shoulders, upper arms, and knees, especially when visiting religious sites. Also, bring sunscreen and a water bottle. You may also want sunglasses and a good pair of walking shoes. Sandals are common in warmer weather. Flipflops or Crocs tolerate the salt at the Dead Sea well. Bring mostly casual clothing, and include some you don’t mind getting dirty. 

 

Q. What if I have to cancel?

 

Deposit is nonrefundable. The rest of the balance is refundable up to 30 days prior to the start date of your program.  Should you cancel 15 to 29 days prior, we will refund 50%  We are unable to refund the fees two weeks prior to the start of the program.   

 

WHILE I AM IN ISRAEL

 

Q: What are the accommodations like?

A: Don't expect the regular hotel accommodations provided to pilgrims in the land. There will be a variety of accommodations through the travels, including some three-star hotels. But anticipate adventure such a Bedouin tent in the desert and army barracks with the soldiers. This adventure is not intended for the faint of heart. 

 

Q. Will my appliances, eg blow-dryer, work?  

A. Israel uses 220V AC 50 Hz, whereas North America uses 120V AC 60 Hz.  If your appliance has a dual voltage switch, it should work. (Be sure to flip the switch before plugging it in.)  Dual voltage appliances will just need an adapter to plug into the wall outlet. 

 

Q. Will my cell-phone work in Israel?

A. Most cell-phones and computers work on either voltage.  Check the specs on the device's charging cable or the owner's manual.

On airplane mode, your cell phone will be able to access the internet on WiFi. If you want to be able to make calls, or use data, you can purchase a prepaid phone card or an Israeli SIM card and a monthly cell package on arrival. This is much more affordable than roaming fees.

 

Q: Is there internet?

A: Yes, WiFi is easily accessible in Israel. 

 

Q: In what language is the program conducted?

A: The program will be in English. In Israel, the official languages are Hebrew and Arabic, though many people speak some English. Street signs are in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

 

 

Q: What kind of activities will be involved in the internship and volunteering?

A: There will be regular duties each day. Serving and ministering to the people of Israel in their Return and Restoration is a significant part of what we do. Tasks will include offering hospitality services at the guest house to new Jewish immigrants or Christian tourists - cleaning rooms, making beds, and preparing breakfasts, and engaging with the guests.  We also welcome help with repairs, renovations, and landscaping, as well as creative expressions of comfort as led by the LORD. So bring your work clothes.

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