"Being a Mikveh Guide elicits the best in me. In this role, I am my most patient, nurturing, helpful, instructive self."
During the next recruitment period, sometime in 2017, there will be an information session at Mayyim Hayyim. The date and time will be posted here 1-2 months prior.
Applicants complete the online application form, shadow an experienced Mikveh Guide, and participate in a small group interview of 3-5 candidates. Sometimes a one-on-one follow-up interview is part of the process. No prior mikveh experience is required. Applicants are expected to commit to attending the 7-session training program and to 4-6 hours of guiding/month, if accepted.
Those who are accepted take an intensive course, "Guide My Steps," taught by a diverse and talented faculty from the greater Boston Jewish community and Mayyim Hayyim staff and volunteers. The curriculum includes:
Volunteer hours are flexible and include weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours. If accepted, applicants are expected to commit to volunteering a minimum of 4-6 hours a month. In addition, women are asked to commit to volunteering two Saturday nights per year.
Mayyim Hayyim takes seriously the support and supervision of its volunteers. There are regular opportunities for communication and feedback. Mikveh Guides are expected to participate in ongoing education sessions following the training (usually 2-3 per year).
Successful Mikveh Guides are able to: