Typical Schedule: Exact volunteering hours may vary however participants are committed to volunteering 40 hours per week (Sunday-Thursday).
Part II - In Depth:
This is a rewarding and important opportunity for every OTZMA participant. In Judaism there are two central concepts that are key to this stage of the program. The first is known as Tikun Olam (World Improvement), and the second idea is that of hesed (good deeds). As you and other participants spread out into greater Israel to volunteer, you will be applying and living by the age-old and fundamental values that have made the Jewish people so historically unique. Small groups of participants (3-5 in most cases) relocate in various towns and cities in Israel where their presence will be felt in all different walks of communal life. In each volunteering location there are local coordinators that will help you to settle in to your new community.
Many volunteers will be representing their local Jewish Federation by working with specific partnership towns. This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the growing relationship between your home Jewish community and its sister community in Israel.
Living Arrangements: Participants will have apartments or be living in apartment style dorms which are fully furnished, with kitchen and wireless internet. No more than two participants will share a room, giving you the privacy and comfort you deserve.
Please note that this is apartment style living and participants are responsible for preparing their own meals.
Volunteering Opportunities: Your on-site coordinator will get you integrated and placed in an awesome volunteering position. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for, a chance to make an impact and leave your mark on an Israeli community!
Holidays During Part II:
Free Time: You will have a winter vacation from the 24th of December until the 2nd of January. This is a great time to travel Europe or visit family!
During the final 3 months of the program, participants intern in top Israeli NGOs or service organizations that are working to help the world -- in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Enjoy city life and get great work experience. Learn about the internship placements of past participants.more