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IBC 2011 5 months -- a participant's perspective">IBC 2011 5 months -- a participant's perspective

Posted July 19th, 2011
By Kyla Meyerson, South Africa, Israel By Choice
As I lie on the beach of Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael feeling the beaming sunshine, listening to booming Israeli music and the pinging of Israeli beach bats, I acknowledge the buzzing energy of this astounding country. Seriously, what more could you possibly wish for? This has been such a fun weekend visitng my South African friends who are staying on the Kibbutz.

Bucket-showers and brick-shlepping">Bucket-showers and brick-shlepping

Posted July 6th, 2011
By Elana Stern
I looked down at the muddy floor again and, just to be sure, I gazed back at the water tap in the ceiling. Nothing. It was my second day in Rwanda, and there was no running water. I had listened to all the other advice we had been given but I hadn’t believed that running water would actually stop.
I spent the month of February volunteering at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.

Trip Logistics">Trip Logistics

Am I accepted? When should I depart for Israel? When can my relatives visit? Where will I be staying? Can I extend my stay in Israel?

All of these questions, and more, should be directed to the organizer of the program for which you have signed up. Masa Israel Journey is the umbrella organization that provides the funding for and support for long-term programs in Israel, but the actual trips are operated by a wide variety of educational organizations.

Safety and security">Safety and security

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The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.Masa Israel Journey maintains strict standards for safety and security on all program sponsored activities.

As a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel programs receive updated information regarding safety and security regularly and are able to respond to official recommendations. Our staff is in touch with every Masa Israel program to ensure information is shared effectively and to assist as needed.

If you have questions regarding safety and security, please contact us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @masaisrael or speak with our helpdesk at 1.866.864.3279 or

What kind of currency do I need in Israel?">What kind of currency do I need in Israel?

Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). If you want to acquire shekels prior to your arrival in Israel, ask your bank if they can order some for you. Alternatively, ATM machines are widely available at the airport and throughout Israel. The best option is to change your money at one of the many exchange points in every major city, which do not charge a fee for exchange.

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