Ted and Jane Settle (residents of New Jersey) have returned as volunteers at the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, Israel (about 15 miles East and a little bit north of Haifa). We stayed at Mar Elias for three months earlier, November 2011 thru January 2012. Blogs and photos from that odyssey can be viewed at http://photographicodyssey.wordpress.com. Our volunteer work is facilitated through the Pilgrims of Ibillin, a nonprofit organization in the United States (see http://www.pilgrimsofibillin.org ).
As volunteers we help to host visitors to Mar Elias, whether for a single meeting or overnight stays, work with the high school English teachers in many different ways with their classes, work with blind students, and any other task we are asked to undertake.
We finished our volunteer stay after 10+ months at the Mar Elias Schools in Ibillin, Israel and have now returned home. The blog is still available at http://photographicodysseyii.wordpress.com/ and more will be added — we ran out of time to put all of the last few weeks on the blog. However, you can talk with us directly if you would like.
Thanks for your support. Jane and Ted