Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 30, 2010
Even if you always planned to study abroad, you may begin to think that taking a whole semester away from your friends and classes is a little too daunting, and consider studying abroad for a summer session instead. But a semester abroad will give you a significantly different experience than a month or two over the summer. Is this really a trade-off you want to make? Here are 10 reasons why you should spend (at least) a semester in Israel.
  1. Jewish holidays. A major part of living in Israel is experiencing the chagim. If you come to Israel for a semester or year, you’ll get the high holidays and Hannukah. There is nothing like being in Israel for Yom Kippur and not seeing a single car driving...
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June 30, 2010
The idea of packing for your gap year in Israel can seem a little overwhelming. How do you decide what to bring on your year abroad? How many bags can you get away with before they start making you throw things away at the airline check-in to hit the 50 lb weight limit? Will that carry-on actually fit in the overhead bin?
To put your mind at ease, we've put together a list of items that should be at the top of your packing list—and what you can probably leave at home:
 It will take up most of your space, but you probably need it. Unless you plan on going to Poland in the winter, save space and leave your parka at home.
Alumni say:
- Undershirts. I did Marva army training and kibbutz volunteering as part of my program and all my clothes got really dirty....
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June 29, 2010
You’re back from your five months or a year in Israel. So what now? Regardless of whether you participated in a gap year, study abroad, or post college program, your Israel experience has given you a wealth of skills and experience that you can highlight on your resume to help you get the most out of your next phase in life.
Brandeis University’s Director of Career Services Joe Dupont says of recent college grads who have pursued internship opportunities abroad, “Employers like to hire people who take risks and can adapt.  A person willing to go 3,000 miles for an internship is definitely someone I’d hire.”
He also says that the best candidates are the ones who can clearly relate the skills they gained from their internships. “The Masa Israel experience is so rich and robust that it only makes this easier.”
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