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Q: Who can apply?
A: If you are a believer and want to grow in the Lord and learn about what God is doing in Israel today, then DJI is for you! We welcome ages 18 and up. The young and the young at heart. Singles and couples welcome.
Q: What is the cost?
A: There is a $50 application fee payable when submitting your application. $4,000 USD (Early bird price of $3500 if you apply before Nov 15, 2019) for the 8-week program is payable after you receive confirmation of your acceptance and prior to the commencement of the program. Program fee includes accommodations, three meals a day on location, volunteer opportunities, day trips, and dynamic speakers and teachers. Airfare is not included. Save $500 if you pay in full before Nov 15, 2019!
Q. Are there any extra costs?
A. Please bring extra money for public transit, some meals while out on excursions, personal effects, souvenirs, etc. Lunch can be purchased for approximately 30 to 50 NIS, or $8 to $15 USD.
Q: If I have to leave early, does that reduce the costs of the program?
A: The cost is for the 8-week program inclusive. Because it builds throughout, we encourage you to attend the complete program.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Here are the steps.
1. Apply via the "Apply" link on the Home page.
2. Pay the $50 USD non-refundable application fee using the "Payment" link.
3. Request your Pastor, Rabbi, or spiritual leader complete the Pastoral Reference form and have him submit it directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Review the other FAQs to assist you in preparing for your time in Israel.
5. Await confirmation from us before paying the program fees or booking your flight.
6. When you have received confirmation of acceptance into the Discipleship Journey in Israel, please pay a $500 USD deposit, with the rest payable 30 days prior to the start date of the program for which you registered.
7. Arrange your flight and then email us your itinerary at email@example.com. Please see below for arrival information.
Q. How will I get to the location of the Discipleship Journey in Israel?
A. Please plan to arrive between 8 am and 8 pm the day before the start date of the Discipleship Journey in Israel program you registered for. We will pick you up from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Q. What if I want to arrive earlier?
A. Contact us regarding room availability prior to the start of the program. Room rate would be $50 USD/night if available. For 65 NIS (approximately $17 USD), one can take the sherut, a shared-ride taxi service, from the Ben Gurion Airport to our door at Jerusalem Hills.
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.
Q. What travel documents do I need?
A. You need a passport valid for 6 months after you arrive 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 the 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?
A. We will refund 100% of the program fees 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 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.
WHILE I AM IN ISRAEL
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: You will stay at two locations, the Jerusalem Hills Inn for 4 weeks and the Aliyah Return Center for 4 weeks. Both guesthouses have double occupancy rooms and rooms with several twin beds. Couples will have a private room with a double bed. Singles will share with 1 to 3 others.
Q: Is it possible to have a single room?
A: There is a single supplement of $500 per month, possible only if there is an extra room available.
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. Both the Jerusalem Hills Inn and the Aliyah Return Center offer WiFi services.
Q: Will there be free time to go on any personal trips?
A: Yes, but there may be other group activities offered during that time as well.
Q: What will meals be like?
A: Breakfast, lunch and supper will be provided on site. Israel has many climate zones and so produces a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Interns will share cooking and cleaning duties. Have a little extra money for snacks and meals on outings, as outlined above.
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 also speak some English. Street signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Q: What kind of volunteer activities will we be doing?
A: At both the Jerusalem Hills Inn & the Aliyah Return Center 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 DJI. 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. As opportunities arise, Interns will be able to practice conveying the message of Return and Restoration to Christian tourists. Aliyah activities and teaching are fundamental to DJI.