I stayed in simsim for almost three months and could not have hoped for a better place to volunteer in Israel. Instantly the city memorized me. The people, small shops and narrow streets will probably stick with me all my life. But most of all – Sami and Silke, the hosts of simsim, made me feel at home and at peace – working together towards a common goal, making simsim a better place both for the people staying there and us, the workers. I always felt needed and never ever used. I felt as if they truly appreciated what I could help and contribute with.
Tasks involved mainly taking care of guests. We did our best to offer the guest all the help we could, things like planning their trips and recommending things in the area. Other small tasks were asked of the volunteers like cleaning and running errands. Otherwise a general flexibility is needed to be useful as a worker. Some days we do almost nothing, others we work all day.
One of the things I most appreciated about Nazareth was the fact that I really enjoyed small talking with various shop owners and discussing everything from god to the weather.. The Arabic community grabs you and holds you with such soft arms that it feels like home almost instantly.
During my stay I got to know not only Sami and Silke but also all the other volunteers staying with me. I am very glad to have met these people.
Because of the very private and non-corporate feel of the hostel, speaking with guests intimately was also very natural.
The political insight and knowledge Sami and Silke (+ their friends) have to offer is almost enough of a reason for anyone to work at Simsim. Even if you are not pro Palestine, you will surely enjoy the vivid discussions.
I really want to thank Sami and Silke for inviting me into their workspace and making my stay in Israel so much better.
I am sure to return very shortly to visit and enjoy Nazareth even more!