Medical and Accident Insurance: Each participant MUST have current medical insurance which is valid in Israel.
Participants will not be accepted without proof of insurance, which must be presented upon arrival.
Statement of Health and Insurance Status
I hereby state that I have complete health, accident, and personal possessions (theft and damage) insurance, valid in Israel for the duration of my stay on the excavation. My doctor and my insurance program have determined me to be medically fit and capable of meeting the demands of manual work in a hot climate. I am aware that should my declarations be false or misrepresented, I would have no claim for compensation from the Project, its supporting institutions, directors, or staff.
Statement of Conduct
1-By joining this excavation, the participant consents to having their picture taken by the expedition for scientific and promotional purposes.
2-The excavation directors exercise the right to dismiss participants from the excavation for breaching the expedition's rules of conduct or for any other reason deemed justified by the directors.
3-If a participant is dismissed from the excavation for reasons noted in No. 2 above, the balance of their room and board will not be reimbursed.
4-Persons with a severe snoring disorder must bring an effective anti-snoring device, such as a CPAP machine, in consideration of their roommates. A good night’s sleep is an imperative component of the expedition’s success and we ask you to comply. Lack of compliance may result in you having to get and pay for a single room.
By checking this box, I confirm that I have read the above Statement of Conduct and agree to these conditions.
There is no official announcement yet from the Israeli government regarding travel to Israel this summer but most anticipate that current restrictions will ease as summer approaches and vaccination becomes more widespread. Yet, this is not final and we will continue to monitor the situation and keep all registered team members up to date. Assuming that one can travel this summer, Israel will likely require proof of full vaccination (or a medical affidavit stating that one has recovered from Covid-19 and has anti-bodies) and thus, we request that all participants show such proof before beginning the excavation.
By checking this box, I confirm that I have read the above Covid-19 Announcement and agree to these conditions
Please attach additional sheets if necessary to answer any of the questions
Registration Details and Costs
The excavation is four weeks long and takes place from Sunday, June 26 until Thursday, July 21, 2022 (departure Thursday morning after breakfast). A minimum stay of two weeks is preferred.
Please indicate the weeks you wish to participate:
* The week runs from Sunday afternoon (room reception from 14:00) until Sunday morning (vacating room by 10:00), a total of 7 nights. Payment is for this entire period, whether you stay the weekend on the kibbutz or not. The last week of the dig has a total of 4 nights, as all participants must depart by 10:00 on Thursday morning, July 21.
If you wish to stay on the kibbutz before or after your registered stay, this requires a special request and will be confirmed pending availability.
The deadline for registration is June 10, 2022
Mode of Payment and Refunds
Full room and board accommodations at Kibbutz Kfar Szold is $595 per seven-night week ($525 for returnees). The final week of the dig is four nights and costs $340 ($290 for returnees). Every extra night costs $85. There is no refund if the volunteer chooses not stay on the kibbutz over the weekend or chooses to leave earlier than the pre-determined day of departure.
The cost for a double room (two people in a room) is $1750 per seven-night week and $1000 for the last, four-night week ($250 per night). Weeks 1-3 for returning couples is $1575 per week and Week 4 (last week) is $675.
Please note that there is limited availability of double or single rooms. Costs for 2022 are as follows (in USD):
Discounted Returnees Cost
Discounted Balance for Returnees
Due to the unpredictability of the Coronavirus pandemic, we recommend that all applicants hold their deposit until June 10 in case we, or you, need to cancel. The balance is due no later than the day of one’s arrival at the kibbutz and is a pre-condition for beginning to dig.
**The room and board prices are for non-Israeli citizens and are exempt from Value Added Tax (V.A.T.). For this reason, the kibbutz B&B office needs a scan or xerox of the photo and information page of your passport, as well as the blue entry slip given to you by passport control upon your arrival in Israel. Please give these two documents to the kibbutz office for copying upon arrival. A participant with an Israeli passport (even if one has dual citizenship) must add 17% V.A.T. to the costs.
Payment for Room and Board
After you submit the registration form, you will receive an official acceptance email, usually within 72 hours. This response will include a link to the secure payment site at Azusa Pacific University. You may pay using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. We do not accept American Express. After you have paid your deposit, you will receive an email confirming your payment. You may pay the balance at any time using the same link for the deposit, but no later than the day of your arrival at the kibbutz. You may also pay your balance by check or cash when you arrive at the kibbutz.
You may also pay your deposit and balance with a personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Make the check out to "Azusa Pacific University" and write "Abel Beth Maacah" on the memo line. Mail your check to the following address:
Prof. Robert Mullins
Abel Beth Maacah Excavations
Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
You will receive an email confirmation once the check is received and deposited.
In certain cases, one may pay for room and board in cash U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Israeli shekels upon arrival at the kibbutz. Contact the expedition for more information.
Refunds will be granted upon cancellation according to the terms in the table below.
If you do not show up for the excavation on the dates for which you have registered, or decide to withdraw after your arrival, or are expelled from the program by the binding decision of the directors, we regret to inform you that no refunds can be given.
If we are forced to cancel the excavation, you will receive a full refund.
Refund amount will be *25% if cancellation is between June 10-June 25. After June 25 there will be no refund.
*If your cancellation is health-related, directly due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a full refund will be granted. We require an official medical affidavit in order to grant the refund.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
A limited number of scholarships are available to team members who can demonstrate financial need in order to participate on the project. Priority will be given to students enrolled in a college or university. Details about when and how to apply will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AbelBethMaacah) and/or can be obtained by writing to Prof. Naama Yahalom-Mack (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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