Program Summary

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Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa offers English speaking Jews from around the world, (including Israel) between the ages of 21-30 the opportunity to live, study and volunteer in Tel Aviv-Jaffa for 5 or 10 months.

 

Tikkun Olam is also open to Israeli participants!  This will enable international participants to get more quickly and naturally absorbed into Israeli society, while giving Israeli participants the chance to live and study alongside members of the global Jewish community.

 

Program Dates

  • 10-month, 2016-2017: August 31st, 2016 - June 16th, 2017
  • 5-month, Fall 2016: August 31st, 2016 - January 26th, 2017

 

Orientation Period

You'll begin your Tikkun Olam experience with an orientation period lasting a few weeks, dedicated to Hebrew Ulpan study, getting acclimated to southern Tel Aviv and Jaffa culture, and touring potential volunteering or internship places.

 

Tracks

You'll have the option of four tracks: Social ActionCoexistenceInternship, or Academic.

 

On the Social Action Track, you'll live in South Tel Aviv and work with new Israeli immigrants, at-risk Jewish populations, refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, and migrant workers from all over the world.

 

On the Coexistence Track, you'll live in one of the diverse neighborhoods of Jaffa and work in organizations that promote Arab-Jewish understanding and coexistence.

 

On the Internship Track, you will focus your time in one professional internship in an NGO, to help you gain experience in the non-profit sector.  Available internships include Jewish pluralism organizations, Arab-Jewish coexistence projects, refugee advocacy organizations and more.

 

The Hebrew University Joint Track lets you enjoy the best of Tikkun Olam while getting your MA in Non-Profit Management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. You will spend two days per week studying in Jerusalem and 1.5 days per week interning in a non-profit organization in Tel Aviv, while taking part in Tikkun Olam's acclaimed educational enrichment programming.

 

In all tracks, your study days will focus on the issues that you'll encounter in your volunteering and internships, along with classes on Jewish identity and Israeli culture.  And you'll continue your Hebrew language studies throughout the course of the program.

 

Trips and Tours

You'll explore Israel, its people and its culture, on overnight trips all over the country, day tours and cultural activities.  Overnight trips focus on exposing you to the many different regions of Israel through camping and hiking (for all skill levels).  The day trips are an extension of the study program -- you'll get a first-hand view of the issues facing Israeli society by meeting the people who live them each day.  Past tours include Israeli Arab villages, West Bank settlements, Bedouin villages and more.

 

Community Life

The program housing is in the same neighborhoods as the populations with which you'll work with, to immerse you in your service work and help you feel at home away from home!