Gap Year | Masa Israel

Gap Year

Aardvark Israel - Selah

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Program Description

Aardvark Israel - Selah offers Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS” through enriching Jewish learning and experiences in a co-ed, non-coercive atmosphere.  Students will explore their Jewish identity, ask questions and enjoy their Jewish learning in an open and supportive environment.
While living in apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, students will volunteer or intern, tour the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, take academic courses, study in a Beit Midrash, have unique Jewish experiences, celebrate Shabbat with different communities in Israel and interact with amazing Rabbis and Jewish educators.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population. This program is for young adults who love to learn, interact with many different types of people and want to be immersed into Israeli society.


In addition to the core components of the program, students may customize the experience even further by choosing one of our
Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Enriching Beit Midrash and experiential Jewish learning
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world

  • Main Subject:
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-21 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Aardvark Tourism Ltd 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Aardvark Israel - Selah 
  • Price:
  • $ 19990 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Simon Cohen 
  • info@aardvarkisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 29,2016 - May 29,2017

Young Judaea Year Course

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Program Description

 
YOUNG JUDAEA YEAR COURSE!THE #1 GAP YEAR PROGRAM IN ISRAEL CELEBRATING ITS 60th YEAR!

 

Year Course sets you up for success! In College, in Life!

 

HOW IT WORKS


JERUSALEM ACADEMIC SEMESTER
You’ll live independently, sharing apartments with friends in our modern campus located in the beautiful, central Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. Shops, cafes and public transportation are all close by with the magical Old City a short walk away. Throughout this semester you will explore Israel’s complex political and social issues as well as Judaism, Jewish History, Art and more through classes, workshops, tours and discussions, all in a unique informal setting.

 

BAT YAM VOLUNTEERING SEMESTER

Make a real difference in Israel living in Bat Yam, an up-and-coming beach town 15 minutes from Tel Aviv. Teach in a school, volunteer in a soup kitchen, train to be a paramedic or choose one of hundreds of other possibilities where your skills and time are most needed.
There’s also an opportunity to sign up for Marva – a challenging 8 week IDF boot camp and push yourself to the limits!

 

SPECIAL INTEREST MONTH

In the last month of your year, you’ll choose from an unbelievable range of options and design your own Special Interest Month! Learn new skills, challenge yourself and boost your resume!

 

  • Backpack Israel’s epic Sea-to-Sea hike
  • Learn to surf in Tel Aviv
  • Take a photography crash course
  • Intern with an Israeli company
  • Study Jewish texts at a Yeshiva/Midrasha
  • Work on a kibbutz

Highlights

 

Specialty Tracks: Customize your year!


Tracks offer you specialized activities to meet your interests and passions led by top Israeli experts that will enrich your year and your resume.

Business: Network, entrepreneurs, start-ups, leadership!

 

Art: Meet local artists, workshops, shows, exhibitions!

 

Medical: Volunteer, meet experts, research, hands-on!

 

Sound: Concerts, musicians, jam sessions, studio time!

 

Sports: Competitions, exercise, meet professional athletes!

 

Tiyulim: Hike, outdoor skills, teamwork, hadracha!

 

Beit Midrash: Jewish texts, shabbatot, inspiring educators!

 

Olami: The world is your classroom!

 

Love traveling? Take advantage of our world travel options to Italy, Greece, Morocco and Poland! See famous world sites and learn the story of the Jewish people live on location!

 

Tikun Olam: Africa volunteering experience!

 


Make a difference in the lives of others with our unique partnership at the inspirational Shalom Agohozo Youth Village in Rwanda. You’ll embark on an empowering, rewarding journey and volunteer with youth struggling with the after-effects of the 1994 genocide and prepare them to take on leadership roles in society

 

  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Coexistence, Government, Intensive Hebrew Language, International Humanitarian Work, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering, Spirituality 
  • Duration:
  • 8.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-20 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Young Judaea Israel 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Young Judaea Year Course 
  • Price:
  • $ 23950 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Rachel Jetter 
  • Rachelj@youngjudaea.org.il 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 05,2016 - May 25,2017

Israel Highway - Do It Your Way

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Program Description

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.
 
The program includes touring in all of the important sites in Israel, Jewish and Israel studies, Ulpan lessons, challenging hikes, 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:
 
a. Me and My Country! Get to know Israel! For the first month of the program participants will live in Carmiel, study Ulpan and get to know Israel through trips around the country.
 
b. Me and My Community! Community Building! Participants will spend a month volunteering on Kibbutzz Hatzerrim. Each participant will have an individual volunteer project as well as a group project and will explore the south of Israel through trips.
 
c. My Own Way – “Israel Highway: Do It Your Way” allows you to take your own “Highway” in Israel. Right now we are offering three times of “Highways” to choose from:  
 
              i. Get the Ultimate Israel Experience – Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the Israeli army? This Highway enables you to experience army life! For two months you’ll live on an army base and learn about the army, go on hikes, learn Hebrew and more!
              ii. Volunteer on an Ambulance – Get First Aid and Emergency Medical Training from Israel’s national EMS service. Once you’re trained you’ll get hands on experience volunteering on an ambulance!
              iii. Want to be part of Israel’s Startup Nation or one of the many nonprofits that Israel has to offer? Enhance your resume by interning or volunteering in one of Israel’s many companies and organizations.  
 
 
 
  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-20 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • The Israel Experience- Educational Tourism Services Co. LTD 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Israel Highway - Do It Your Way 
  • Price:
  • $ 11500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Ofir Lefler 
  • (p):972 2 621 6124 
  • ofirl@israelexperience.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 01,2017 - June 30,2017

Nativ - Hebrew University Track

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Program Description

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides its participants with a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle. The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.

A year of true exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal challenge and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with a stronger attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their North American communities what they have learned.

  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 8, 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-19 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Nativ - Hebrew University Track 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Deborah Shafran 
  • (p):646 519 9246 / 972 2 966 3824 
  • Nativ@uscj.org 
  • nativ.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2016 - May 29,2017, , $25200
  • September 04,2017 - May 10,2018, JERUSALEM, $25700

Yeshivat Migdal Hatorah

Program Description

  • Main Subject:
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  • Duration:
  • 9.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-21 
  • Organizer:
  • Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Yeshivat Migdal Hatorah 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shmuel Katz 
  • (p):972 8 853 8107 
  • shmu@migdalhatorah.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 31,2016 - June 14,2017, MODI'IN ILLIT, $24000
  • August 29,2017 - June 11,2018, MODI'IN-MAKKABBIM-RE, $25500

Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes">Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Purim is only days away, and Masa Israel Journey wants to help you get into the holiday spirit. You've heard plenty from our participants and alumni about their holiday celebrations and Israel experiences. Now, it's time to hear from our North American staff and get to know some of the people who help thousands of Jewish young adults live Israel like a local!

 

 

Not Your Bubbie's Hamantaschen: 9 Unique Recipes for Purim 2015">Not Your Bubbie's Hamantaschen: 9 Unique Recipes for Purim 2015

Posted February 23rd, 2015

Whether you prefer savory or sweet, these nine out-of-the-ordinary hamantaschen recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings this Purim. Just don't tell your bubbie what you did with the prune ones that she made for you. 

 

1. Pumpkin Chai Hammantaschen

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via Lil' Miss Cakes

 

 

Masa prepa sciences de la sante, architecture & ingenierie Ariel universite

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Program Description

A unique program for young French speakers who excel in their studies and have a "Bagrut" certificate in science.
The program provides academic preparation for prestigious degrees in university.
 
The degrees include:
 
Health Care studies- Pre-Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Communication Disorders, Nursing and Health Systems Manager ,Architecture and Engineering studies- Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Industrial Engineering and Management.
 
Participants of the program, who meet the program's requirements, can pursue academic studies in the following year without having to provide scores from the psychometric exam.
The program enables young Jews from France to become familiar with and to experience what it is like to live in Israel, in the company of a young, caring community. The program combines a pre-academic studies course ,for which the student receives academic credit, and a variety of social activities.
A professional staff member will accompany the participants of the program, both individually and as a group. Participants of the program will receive personal, social and academic support. The areas of study in the program include:
 
Hebrew, English, preparation courses depending on the selected track (physics, anatomy, biology, introduction to programming) and academic courses with course credits for "knowledge of the culture" and "heritage of Israel". 
  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Architecture, Engineering, Healthcare / Medicine, Science 
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-28 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • Ariel University 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Masa prepa sciences de la sante, architecture & ingenierie Ariel universite 
  • Price:
  • $ 12000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shmouel Boukobza 
  • (p):972 3 906 6318 
  • masa-prepa-ariel@ariel.ac.il 
  • http://www.ariel.ac.il/masa 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 25,2016 - August 31,2017

Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond">Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond

Posted January 29th, 2015

Celebrities – They’re just like us! Whether in Israel for business or pleasure, they know how to have a good time in the land of milk and honey. In honor of Chelsea Handler’s recent visit to Israel, here are 8 amazing moments from some our favorite stars in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and everywhere in between.


1. Claire Danes cozies up to an ice cream statue in Neve Tzedek

 
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