Follow Giovanna, a hotel school undergrad at Cornell University, during her summer 2015 global service learning internship with the Israel Commission for the Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, the Israel Ministry of Trade, and Elwyn, a non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities. This opportunity was sponsored by the Employment and Disability Institute at the ILR School, Cornell University through funding from the K. Lisa Yang Gift Fund.
Excited to be chosen for the EDI GSL Experience in Israel
Friday, July 4, 2014
Time Is Flying By!
Our second to last
week in Israel has been extremely eventful. Although some of our friends and
family have been concerned over recent events happening in the region, Daniel
and I feel extremely extremely safe where we are living and working.
we concluded our work at Elwyn in Jerusalem. We had the opportunity to visit
the Knesset and Hadassah Hospital to see supported employment programs. I was
very impressed with the program at the Knesset because the people with
disabilities were considered full employees of the Knesset and most had been
there for an extended period of time. At the end of our time at Elwyn, we had
the opportunity to learn more about their LAHAV program which works to
transition people from sheltered employment to supported employment. We were
unable to find many programs like it but thought it was a great program and
look forward to see how it develops in the future. On Wednesday, we returned to
the Commission. Everyone was excited that we were back and was curious as to
what we had been doing for the past week and a half!
This week we also
had an opportunity to spend time with Rivka! She took us to see another
beautiful overlook of Jerusalem and an old Windmill. We are always finding new
places in Jerusalem that we did not know existed. On Friday, Daniel and I
visited Mt. Hertzl, a war cemetery and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. Both
of these places are extremely beautiful but extremely sad.
We have a little
over one week left and quite a bit of work to accomplish and many sites left to