Expectations & FAQ – Volunteers

Expectations – Volunteers


We expect of you:

  1. To sign an agreement stating your responsibilities, before commencement of the project
  2. To have your vaccinations and visa (if needed) in order before departing
  3. To have a health and travel insurance
  4. To contribute with your own input, preparation and research before traveling
  5. To show post-production involvement
  6. Should you be selected for one of the teams to go on a journey of a lifetime, you are required to make a contribution of €750. The Foundation will carry other costs for you and book the flight-tickets.


What you can expect:

  1. Workshops and preparation by our own team/Jimmy
  2. You will be named on our website with your team, accredited for you work and with personal statements and picture.
  3. A journey of a lifetime!




Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteers


1. What will I be doing during the project?


You will work together with the local indigenous group in documenting their culture. You will also be creating your own behind-the-scenes material. Above everything, you will be interacting and learning from people different from you. You will then share your learnings and insights with our global audiences, whilst at the same time putting together research on how and what the JNF can do to support this specific community. You are asked to be engaged with your project before, during and long after the journey takes place to then become a long-term ambassador. The more emotionally committed you are the more valuable your investment will be!


2. Where are the festivals and when do they take place?


Our project year begins in June and runs until July of the following year, and it consists of several projects. Each journey can take up to two weeks, with longterm participation before and thereafter. The locations are truly global.


3. When is the application period? And, when will I hear if I am selected?


The application period runs from October until March every year. Selection can take up to a few weeks, once you are selected we do our best to communicate with you as quickly as possible, so the adventure can begin.


4. When and where are the workshops and preparation courses beforehand?


The workshops will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They are planned together with each team in the weeks prior to the departure of the journey. Do not be worried, these can also be achieved through Skype and/or Google hangouts.


5. What is the goal of the project?


The goal is to promote pride and self-respect within the indigenous peoples and to enable them to understand the value of their cultural heritage. This will then initiate the sharing of this important human heritage and knowledge for all, with our aim being to create a new world order of cultural sustainability. Whilst at the same time you and your team will be researching how to set up the reciprocity projects together with the community. Each project will be unique. Do not worry, we will build together as the projects will organically grow with love.


6. Where will our material and stories go after the project?


These will be part of the Foundation’s online visual platform, which includes stories, interviews, films and photos. The result is a testimony to the celebration of indigenous culture. Your behind-the-scenes footage will not only be featured on the website but also on our social media and further publications. This can be print, online and television. We can not guarantee the publication of your material, as this depends on media requests. You, as a volunteer and team member, will be accredited for your work on all platforms.


7. Can I apply again after I have participated in a project?


Yes, you can. We will happily welcome you back after a project gap year. This is in order to give other applicants a chance to also become JNF volunteers.


8. Will I be named on the website and given credits for my work?


Yes, absolutely!


9. Will Jimmy join the project journeys?


No, Jimmy endorses your work, but will not go on the journey with you. We do often use the locations Jimmy has been to. Why? Because it is our goal that with every community we have been to, we want to create a reciprocity project. These projects aim to support the communities to be able to pass on their heritage for now and for generations to come.