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The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in a local Israeli neighborhood. Two locations are now available; Work with the Arab-Israeli community in Lod, or the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Ramat Eliyahu, Rishon LeZion. Yahel partners with local grassroots organizations working in the fields of empowerment, community development and education.
Way More Israel is a unique 5-month program where you will have an authentic Israel experience as you develop your own unique skills and interests. You’ll spend the first month living in Jerusalem’s Old City, improving your Hebrew skills and getting to know places and people around you. You’ll discover the meaning and significance of heritage and history through tours, workshops, hands-on learning, group volunteer projects and cultural activities. For the second month, you’ll travel to a kibbutz where you will continue to learn Hebrew, and have a chance to really contribute to communal life. You’ll pick up some organic farming techniques and/or work in a kibbutz factory. You’ll then return to Jerusalem for the last three months where you’ll be working or volunteering in your chosen field. Jerusalem has some of the best opportunities to gain valuable experience working in companies (over 600 to choose from) or making a real difference at the many non-profit organizations.
• PERSONAL GROWTH! “Looking back, these past nine months have brought out aspects of my personality that I didn’t even know existed.”
(Josh Ferrell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
• FRIENDSHIP! “It was an incredible experience and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else with anybody else.”
(Sarah Silverstein, Franklin and Marshall College)
• INDEPENDENCE! “Living independently and immersing myself in a different culture was the highlight of my year.”
(Ari Lusky, Florida State U)
• DIRECTION! “My volunteering experience on Year Course gave me a better understanding of what to study at college. I joined a paramedic team and I’m going to study Medicine.”
(Gabi Shwartz, Tulane U)