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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 facebook.com/masaisrael, on Twitter at @masaisrael or speak with our helpdesk at 1.866.864.3279 or masainfo@masaisrael.org.

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.

Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?">Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?

In order to enter Israel, your passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry and throughout your stay. 
 
Every Masa Israel participant can (and is strongly advised to) approach his/her local Consulate General of Israel or the Embassy of Israel prior to beginning a Masa Israel program to request a special Masa Israel visa. The Masa Israel visa is an A2 visa – a multiple-entry student visa (making it possible to leave Israel for a vacation and be able to return without needing a new visa).
 
In order to obtain a Masa Israel Visa, you must visit a consulate or embassy with the following:
  1. The form you received from Masa Israel (PDF file) confirming your grant and/or scholarship amount
  2. A letter from the organizer of your program validating your acceptance to the program
  3. A valid passport
 
The consulate has final jurisdiction with regards to granting a visa, should it have prior intelligence or concerns about a participant
 
Should you encounter a problem when requesting the visa at consulate, an internal letter from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be provided to clarify the procedures. If there is still a problem, please contact masainfo@masaisrael.org.
 
Please Note: The Masa Israel Visa does not entitle you to work in Israel and is only valid for a maximum of one-year stay in Israel.
Masa Israel Journey offers unique opportunities for you to volunteer in communities throughout Israel. Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, you can affect change in some of Israel’s most vulnerable populations.
 
Masa Israel’s volunteer programs focus on building strong communities, ensuring the success of at-risk youth, encouraging collaboration and coexistence between local Arab and Jewish populations, teaching English as a foreign language and more.
 
All of Masa Israel’s volunteer programs draw on the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and are guided by the principals of social responsibility and social justice. As a Masa Israel volunteer, you can integrate service with the exploration of Jewish values as you work to create a more just society.
 
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Israel Outdoors NEXT - Project TEN

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Program Description

Spend five months living and volunteering while making a meaningful impact on Israeli society! You’ll have the option to live in one of two culturally diverse locations (Arad or Kibbutz Harduf), learn Hebrew and Arabic and gain experience in exciting fields like eco-tourism, social justice, entrepreneurship, theater, Jewish learning and co-existence.

Become part of the community in which you live and serve. This is your chance to gain a connection to Israeli society and its people. Along the way, we will crisscross the country on a series of travel experiences that will take you to parts of Israel you’ve never seen before!

Israel Outdoors NEXT Volunteer is specially subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency’s “Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam” initiative, a service learning initiative supporting communities throughout the world and in Israel. As a part of Project TEN, eligible Masa Tlalim Volunteer participants only pay $1,500, and the program covers meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars and more. – 

 

For more information, contact:

Nurit Shai
 
 
03-6306300

 

Highlights

Green Tourism in Arad

Israel as a whole is a developed country with a thriving economy. Like many countries, it has regions that are economically and culturally vulnerable, like the Negev. However, the Negev has tremendous potential for growth in the areas of ecological tourism. This beautiful region, boasts the Dead Sea and Arava Valley to the east, the Mediterranean to the West, Eilat to the South, and the scenic Ramon Crater in the center.

 

Still, the Negev is the most sparsely populated region of Israel. Its distance from the country’s cultural and economic centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, along with the geographic isolation of many of its small towns and villages, make economic development a true challenge.

 

Volunteer activities in Arad focus on three main areas: Co-existence between the Jewish and Bedouin communities, ecological tourism, and strengthening communities of the elderly, children at risk, and new immigrants.

 

Israel Corp, a project of Israel Outdoors NEXT and Project TEN, is a service-learning program. Participants develop their own passions, interests, and professional skills while they contribute to the development of the city of Arad. Participants work for up to nine hours each day on projects with local organizations. Interactive and educational seminars take place three to four times each week. Seminars cover a variety of topics, including Jewish values, social justice, and entrepreneurship. The seminars serve as a platform for developing a strong sense of community among program participants.

 

Sustainability, Education, and Co-Existence on Kibbutz Harduf

The Harduf center will acquaint you with Arab communities and Jewish-Arab relationships in the Galilee, and to explore your relationship with Jewish values by collaborating with Arabs, promoting co-existence, and bridging conflict-causing cultural and economic gaps.

 

Being a participant at Masa Tlalim –Project TEN Harduf is a truly hands-on  volunteer experience. You will volunteer with at-risk youth, adults with special needs, and children from the neighboring Arab villages. You will also volunteer in organic farming and sustainable ecological building.

 

The focal point of the volunteer activities is Sha’ar La’Adam (“Gate for Humanity”), a community center on the forest grounds of Kibbutz Harduf. Founded in 2002, Sha’ar La’adam organizes educational, artistic, and ecological activities for Jews and Arabs together, drawing on relationships with the nearby Jewish and Arab villages of Ka’abiya, Swa’ed, Shefar’am, and Tivon.

 

Travel

In addition to making a contribution to your host community, exploring Israel is a core component of Israel Corps – Project TEN.

The program includes a series of educational tours in participants’ home region and beyond. These enrichment experiences are scheduled throughout the program and are designed to expose Israel Corps participants to contemporary Israeli society, the intricacies of Jewish history, and the stunning beauty of Israel’s ecology on a deeper level than a typical tour. Israel Pathways’ own professional guides lead these excursions and all of the travel expenses are included.

In addition to day trips, the program covers weekend-long trips to many other parts of the country. During these longer trips, participants stay at hotels and guesthouses while taking part in seminars and programs with others Israel Pathways groups.

  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs
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  • Keywords:
  • Social Action / Volunteering, Social Sciences 
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Unaffiliated 
  • Organizer:
  • Tlalim Conference, Events & Recreation Ltd. 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Israel Outdoors NEXT - Project TEN 
  • Price:
  • $ 4500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Nurit Shai 
  • (p):972 3 630 6327 
  • israelpathways@authenticisrael.com 
  • http://www.masa-tlalim.com/ 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 08,2017 - July 03,2017  Apply to this program

Bnei Akiva - Amichai

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Program Description

Bnei Akiva Amichai Amlat is an experiential program which combines a leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work in a Kibbutz, and Army/MDA experience. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls who are looking for a Jewish traditional program.

  • Main Subject: Ulpan Hebrew Language Studies, Youth Movement Studies, Jewish Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies, Kibbutz, Pre-Aliyah, Social Action / Volunteering, Spirituality 
  • Duration:
  • 9.5, 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Portuguese, Spanish 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - Amichai 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Chava Weisblatt 
  • (p):972 2 620 9012 
  • chava@worldbneiakiva.org 
  • http://www.bneiakiva.net/hachshara/index.htm 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 17,2017 - June 16,2018, JERUSALEM, $17000   Apply to this program

Tzofim - Shnat Sherut Tzabar

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Program Description

Want to spend a year working with teens and children in development towns, boarding schools, or community centers in Israel before enrolling in college? On Tzofim Shnat Sherut, you will lead an authentic Israeli life, speak Hebrew, serve the community, and live with Israelis your age.
 
As a participant, you will live as a group in communes with the rest of the Tzofim Shnat Sherut participants from Israel. Participants must be fluent in Hebrew, have prior experience working with children and youth, and have visited or lived in Israel for an extended period of time. Participants from North America interested in joining the program will need to attend pre-preparation seminars in the United States.
  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, Pre-Aliyah, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 12, 12.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-23 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Hebrew 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Unaffiliated 
  • Organizer:
  • Tzofim Tzabar Olami 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Tzofim - Shnat Sherut Tzabar 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Hila Hirak 
  • (p):972-3-6303642 
  • hilahi@zofim.org.il 
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  • Program Dates:
  • August 09,2017 - August 28,2018, TEL AVIV - YAFO, $10500   Apply to this program

Bnei Akiva - MTA

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Program Description

On MTA, you’ll have a year of learning Torah in some of the best institutions that Israel has to offer. During the times when you are not at Yeshiva or Midrasha, we’ll provide a full schedule of activities letting you really live and feel the pulse of the Land of Israel. Various volunteer options, together with seminars about current Jewish and Israeli issues, will complement the educational goals of MTA.
 

For more information, contact:

Michael Rainsbury
 
 
 +972-526000169
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 11 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - MTA 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Chava Weisblatt 
  • (p):972 2 620 9012 
  • chava@worldbneiakiva.org 
  • http://www.bneiakiva.net/hachshara/index.htm 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 25,2018 - December 30,2018, JERUSALEM, $25500   Apply to this program