from my guestbook and e-mails...
the best place to get the lowdown on what to expect is on John
Carson’s kibbutzvolunteer.com. Carson spent two years on
a kibbutz, loved it and wants to share what he learned. He
links to a site that sells kibbutz volunteer paraphernalia. My
favourite is the “ready-made” postcard, for times
when you’re just too exhausted to put pen to paper. It reads:
“Hello from the kibbutz! Sharing a cosy graffiti-covered
room with four foreigners and a dog with a limp. Good news though:
I’ve been promoted to the 4 a.m. shift clearing the dung
from the cowsheds."
Canadian Jewish News
helped shape my life... someday in your name I will help another...
thank you for all you did for me."
I begin by saying how informative and useful I found your article
on life in a kibbutz; it truly cemented my decisions to go to
Without your introduction, my family would have been unable to
let our only son stay on in Israel after his 12 day tour. It is
my opinion that because of your introduction, we were able to
locate an interim kibbutz for him. This is a tremendous relief.
Without your help, we would not have been able to allow him stay
on for the Ulpan.
John, we cannot thank you enough."
superb site and book. I am volunteering on kibbutz Bar'am in July
and was feeling pretty aprehensive about it as I have very little
info on what it might be like. This site and your book have completely
put my mind at rest though and I cannot wait to get out there."
very useful and interesting site which persuaded me to be a volunteer.
Well done! Wish me luck in Israel!"
was thinking of doing this 'working on a kibbutz' thing but after
reading your page, I have decided I am definitely doing the 'working
on a kibbutz' thing! Keep up the good work!"
Web page. I have been thinking of going to a kibbutz for a while
and have decided to go after reading your Web site."
Alan, South Africa
best experience ever. I had the time of my life. Highly recommend
to everyone how has some time to play. Dear John, you are right
on the money. Thanks for making me laugh."
your site and I kind of fell upon it while searching for some
other information. I have thought about volunteering on a kibbutz
but have very little information so this site and the links has
been useful for the future."
Joan, New Zealand
it was a privilege to be able to visit your site. I am looking
into the kibbutz experience and stumbled onto you Web page. If
I had any doubts before they have been erased. Thanks again for
sharing your memories."
this brought back so many memories, thanks. Everyone should experience
life on a kibbutz."
John! I'm at my job now and I've been looking your site for about
two hours (maybe I will get fired). And I can't believe it sounds
so great! I had never thought about leaving my home, but now I'm
taking it seriously
have a really well done Web site. My daughter is going to be a
high school senior. I want to make her and her friends aware of
your Web site since they may be considering living on a kibbutz."
your site while trying to search for old friends from my kibbutz.
Wow, how the memories came back! I Would definitely recommend
trying out the experience. I have to say now that I'm married
and have three kids I'm really glad I did it!"
only ever briefly heard about people working on a kibbutz, but
reading all these comments shows just how much of an experience
and fun it must be. I'm on my way!"
Becky, New Zealand
a long time for something like this, very nice site!"
like to thank you for your brilliant site. My best friend just
suggested tonight that we defer for a year next year and join
a kibbutz and I was a bit hesitant at first, but after the information
and your experiences I got from your site, I'm convinced."
keep it up. You have a true gift."
pages you're running over there. Thank you for bringing me back
there even shortly."
you for the wonderful Web site and information. I will be back
on a great site -- between you and my boyfriend you've really
got me thinking about it! Awesome :)"
Emma, South Africa
firstly, your site is great! Thanks to your site, I may just jack
in my job and do go back!"
I just randomly found this site while I was looking through travel
stories. I knew nothing about kibbutz before this and I have to
say it sounds extremely cool."
am very happy I got on your site. It was a great help to let me
learn more on the kibbutz."
love the great memories this site brings back!"
a great trip down memory lane! If you are thinking of going, don't
even think twice -- you will have the best time of your life,
the friendships you form will last a lifetime, and the memories
will stay with you forever..."
you for this great job you did John
finally something for
us to get a grip at after so many years of wandering in the dark."
done John, you've kept the volunteer vibe alive!"
site is a brilliant connection to old friends."
Nicole, South Africa
have given me the inspiration to spend my summer in Israel. Thank
you. Good luck."
been thinking about going to some kibbutz next year but now I'm
not sure I can wait that long! You really made it sound irresistible."
John! Your site is great! I was looking on the net for a site
like this; for somebody who has been there to tell me how it was."
for reminding me of cool memories."
a great site!"
site is wicked!"
really like your Web site. Keep up the good work."
a brilliant site John; very informative and helpful."
did a great job on your Web page!"
is absolutely one of the nicest site I could find after searching
through many search engines. Well done!"
really interesting and informative site. I enjoyed it. Thanks."
done on a good job."
site truly is very good; actually I am thinking of setting up
an information site about kibbutz life too, just so that there
is more information available on the Internet. If I do I hope
you won't mind if I include a link to your terrific site!"
about volunteering at a kibbutz
receiving mixed advice,
but am positive about it. Your site is good reading on risks and
benefits, and as a starting point to my research. Ta."
for a great trip down memory lane
the best time of my life."
again for a great site."
to look for something new and found this site. Very informative!
been looking for a site like this for ages! It's excellent."
for the site. Peace."
nice site. This site will be a very useful site to UK students
that want to take a gap year. Good luck with your future projects.
you did a great job."
in saying how it really is! A pleasure to read, your Web site
! Once again, well done!"
done John. I'm 19 and in a week I'll be heading off to Israel.
This will be my first time so I don't know what to expect, although
I have a good idea thanks to people on here."
Your site really brought back some very excellent memories, some
of the best times I've had! For anyone considering trying the
kibbutz volunteer life -- GO FOR IT! It was a BLAST!"
your site, you have some fun stuff. Thanks."
wanna say thanks for bringing back some of the best memories of
my life with this Web site! The kibbutz experience literally changed
and informative place you have here!"
Mrs Giggles, Singapore
for cheering me up with the pictures. Warn me if you go again,
maybe I'll join you!"
man you have a cool site. I am from Kibbutz Ketura. Well cool
to read about the kibbutz times, John."
thanks for bringing them back to me!"
always vice to find pages written by old vols so I can be nostalgic
for a while."
it very much."
Marista, Hong Kong
Web site John; hope mine will become just as good."
I'm from a kibbutz I enjoyed to surf your site, it's great. And
one more thing, it's great to have you volunteers in Israel, and
in my kibbutz in particular."
impressed with the site."
was very happy to find this site. I am planning to go to Israel
in a few months and need all the info I can get."
shalom! Great to find people who can describe that kibbutz way
of life so well (from a volunteer's point of view). I've been
on three kibbutzim and it's part of an Israel experience I will
never forget. It's a unique little society."
husband and I and some friends are planning on a trip to Israel
sometime in the future, and may need the information from your
site for that time. A friend of mine is there now, and as far
as we know, may be staying in a kibbutz. Thank you for the information
and the humour."
interesting to see what you have to say about kibbutz life."
up the good work."
John! I added your Web site on my link page... Nice site this
pay the hosting fees somehow!
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