SERVE Nazareth

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are The Nazareth Trust?

We trace our roots back to 1861 with the foundation of Dr. Kaloost Vartan’s four-bed clinic in Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth, in present day Israel. The Nazareth Trust is a unique Christian organisation which operates the Nazareth Academic School of Nursing, the Nazareth Hospital EMMS, the Nazareth Village, and SERVE Nazareth programme. More information can be found here.

What will my duties with SERVE Nazareth entail?

This depends partly on your skills and interests, as well as our placement needs. Tasks in our placements usually involve practical service, relational evangelism and spiritual ministry. These can involve a variety of roles suited to your skills and may include helping at Kids’ summer camps, praying with patients and staff, helping in our first-century Village or serving as a nurse aide on a ward. Often there are special projects that you could be involved in, so don’t forget to ask about these as you might be just the person we need!

What is the structure of SERVE?

SERVE Nazareth is overseen by Majdoleen Nawatha, while Lourens Gueze Christine Farah, Frank Kantor and Pastor Suheil Bathish take care of our Pastoral Care Ministry. You can find out more about the team on our ‘Meet the Staff’ page.

What level of pastoral care is available for SERVErs?

Our staff members are on hand throughout the day to help you settle into Nazareth and your placement and to deal with any challenges that might arise. We also have our Pastoral Care Team available for your care.

Why choose Nazareth?

SERVE Nazareth has been connecting Christians from around the world with ministries in Jesus’s hometown since 2010. Its unique location allows you to live where Jesus lived, learn about cross-cultural ministry, SERVE the community and grow in your relationship with God. You can read testimonials from our SERVErs, past and present, here.

What is included in my SERVE Nazareth fees?

  • Lodging at a self-catered accommodation with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, common areas and balcony
  • Food provided by our kitchen
  • Transport to and from Ben Gurion airport in Israel (if volunteering for more than 1 month)

The cost of the program is $950 per month.

For less than a month the cost is $40 per person, per day, for accommodation and food.

The fees do not include snacks, souvenirs and personal travel.

When can I come to Nazareth?

The SERVE programme is flexible and runs throughout the year so just ask about the timing you need.

What is the application process for SERVE?

Fill in our enquiry form to request an application form for the relevant SERVE volunteering stream. After we receive your completed application, with references, we interview each candidate via Skype. From this point forward, if you are accepted, you will begin the fundraising and preparation process for serving in Nazareth.

Does SERVE provide university accreditation?

Occasionally it may be possible to get accreditation for your time with SERVE Nazareth, but this would have to be assessed by your university or college on a case-by-case basis.