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Netzer Year is an exciting gap year in Israel for recent high school grads where you get to live on a kibbutz, take part in hands-on volunteering in Israeli communities, travel extensively throughout the country, study in Jerusalem, interact with Israelis, and more! The program involves intensive leadership training, Hebrew and Jewish immersion studies, service-learning, and communal living.
What is Year Course?
Year Course is a 9 month gap year programme in Israel giving chanichim (participants) the opportunity to study, volunteer, travel, learn to live independently and gain invaluable skills.
Who is Year Course designed for?
Year Course is aimed at FZY’s members and the wider British & European Jewish community aged between 17 and 19. The year in Israel should not be considered a “year-off”. Professional educators run the Year Course programme and the discipline of studying and volunteering are an integral part of the course. However, Year Course should be seen as a break from the formal regimented education of school days and a transition to the teaching methods and individual initiative that are part and parcel of higher education.
The Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Avuv University’s new M.A. program in Coping with Stress, Crisis and Trauma encompasses both public disasters and personal life crises: terror, war, and natural disasters in the public realm, along with such stressors as immigration, domestic violence, divorce, illness and bereavement in the personal realm.
• 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)