The first thing that came into my mind while arriving in Israel was something like “Oh damn, what did I get myself into.” Yes, the border control scared the shit out of me. If you think that the first impression is the most important one… you never have been that wrong.
Arriving in Nazareth with the help of a handful of locals to guide me the way (they almost take you by your hand and guide you to your destination themselves if you would let them), my first impression seemed very unreasonable. Only the border control is a pain in the ass, the rest of the country tries its best to make you feel at home as much as possible. From the Bedouins in the Judean Desert to the locals in the most crowded cities, you will feel at home.
And should you have troubles fitting in, Sami and Silke will make sure you do. With years and years of traveling around in the area themselves, they know the ins and outs of Israel. They are happy to show you around town, take you to special events and give you tailored advice to travel around in the area, or just chill at the roof terrace while drinking a beer. A must: Go see the Golan Heights!
You will be sleeping in a separate room, either alone or with the other volunteer(s) should they be present. The breakfast provided consists of typical Arabic food, such as manakish with zaatar and lebanee, and will most certainly make you water out of your mouth.
Prepare to meet a lot of interesting people while working here as a volunteer. Not only locals, but also other backpackers travelling through Israel from all around the world. At the beginning it will be a bit of a struggle to get into the routine, but don’t worry! Sami and Silke will provide you with help and tips all the way and errors are there to be learned from!
Your tasks range from check in- and out of guests, giving them advice for places to visit in Nazareth, help them with public transportation and show them the premises including their rooms. But be aware! You will have loads of spare them during your shift where you can read a book, inform yourself about the region, its diversity and its conflicts, or just lay back and enjoy the sun while listening to the buzzing sounds coming from the street.
Having a good time and having an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your live is guaranteed! Thank you Sami and Silke for being there for me, I wish you all the best in the future!