Israel Highway: Do It Your Way, is exactly what the name suggests. This brand new exciting gap year program for Australians, South Africans, and Brits allows you to choose your Israel experience.
Whether you want to volunteer in Tel Aviv, live on a kibbutz, hike Israel’s beautiful landscapes, or play sports all day in the sun, this program is for you.
But don’t worry, we won’t just drop you off in Israel to fend for yourself!
This 5 month adventure starts off in the country’s capital, Jerusalem, where you will be studying Hebrew in an Ulpan. Next you’ll go off to the cultural hub of Israel, Tel Aviv, to volunteer with some truly incredible organizations.
During this initial part of the program, there will also be an inspiring trip to Berlin and Poland where you will have the opportunity to further connect with our Jewish roots. The rest is up to you!
The program includes touring in all of the important sites in Israel, Jewish and Israel studies, Ulpan lessons, challenging hikes, heritage tour to Berlin and Poland and much more.
In addition to all of that ,as the program's name suggests, we have a wide element of choice as we want to offer the single participant the ability to take his own "Highway" in Israel.
The “Israel Highway” program runs around three main circles:
1) Me and my identity - the participants will spend a full month in Jerusalem, will tour all the important sites, study Hebrew in Japan and will also investigate various topics with the help of their leaders and top speakers.
The topics include Jewish identity, Zionism, the Israeli-Arab conflict, engagement on campus and more.
To conclude this part of the program, the participants will embark on a 5 days challenging hike in the desert where they will be divided into small squads and will be required to help each other and use their leadership skills in order to “survive” the trip.
2) Me and my community - the focus is on giving back to the community after defining yourself. The participants will live in apartments in central Tel Aviv where they will be responsible for cooking, cleaning and the rest of the house hold chores.
Every day the participants will volunteer in various places such as: Save a Child's Heart, SPIVAK ( working with the disabled) , soup kitchens, animal shelters and schools. In order to break the routine, the participants will go on a one week army experience - Gadna.
3) My own way - the participants get to choose what is the “Highway” he or she wants to take.
Sport and Healthy Lifestyle Highway - Walk alongside Israel’s top athletes at “The Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport”, where you will learn how to maintain your body and combine sports into your daily life.
-Kibbutz Highway - Take on the lifestyle of a kibbutznik and help the kibbutznikim with their daily responsibilities.
-Walking Israel's national path Highway- Discover Israel through your feet as you hike the length of Israel from top to bottom while you carry your home on your back (will open with minimum of 15 pax)
- UIA Volunteering Highway - Join one of the UIA’s youth villages and volunteer with Israeli students from all around the country. You will volunteer with the students in order to build the future face of Israel’s periphery in a young and vibrant environment.