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Travel & Service



ISRAEL

Career Israel Program
Career Israel provides two-month, five-month or 10-month internships in leading companies and organizations in the private and public sectors in Israel. These placements span every field including law, medicine, media, economics, politics, public relations, education, social work, engineering, computer science, advertising, business and more. The program also includes accommodations, a Hebrew study program, tours and extracurricular enrichment activities.

Dragon Boat Israel
Each spring on Lake Kinneret in Israel, Canadian and Israeli dragon boat teams go paddle to paddle in an event that started in 2012, when the members of a Canadian dragon boat team wanted to combine their love of dragon boat racing with their love of Israel. The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver organizes a local team of Vancouver paddlers to participate.

Eco Israel
Eco Israel the international program of Hava & Adam Eco-Educational Farm located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is a five-month program that allows students to explore how ecology, Judaism and Israel blend together in a working model of self-sustaining ecological community.

Hasbara Fellowships
Hasbara Fellowships is a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working with over 80 Universities across North America. Hasbara Fellowships, a program spearheaded by Aish International since 2001, brings hundreds of students to Israel every summer and winter, giving them the information and tools to return to their campuses as educators about Israel.

Israel Government Fellows
The first program to enable non-Israelis to intern in the core of Israel’s policymaking apparatus, Israel Government Fellows (IGF) offers firsthand experience working in government offices in Jerusalem. The 10-month program includes professional seminars, mentoring sessions, Hebrew language classes and tours.

Kibbutz Program Centre
The Kibbutz Program Centre allows you to tailor make your own Israel experience! This Kibbutz movement program focuses on Hebrew language education while experiencing the unique society that is Kibbutz life. There are many opportunities for volunteers and students to take part in environmental initiatives, peace projects and social activism.

Lehavot: Firefighters for Israel
This program offers young adults an opportunity to explore Israel, while making a meaningful contribution to the country. The program begins with a three-day opening seminar and training course in English run by The Israeli Fire and Rescue Commission. Following the seminar, participants are placed in local firefighter stations throughout Israel, where they work as volunteer firefighters alongside Israeli volunteers and staff. A guided tour of Israel is also included. The program, including the training course and the volunteer period, spans one month and is offered several times a year.

LIFE (Leadership and International Fellowship Experience)
LIFE is an internship-based career and leadership development program that starts in Israel with a two-week orientation, continues in India for four months, and finishes with four-and-a-half months in Israel. Gain valuable, real-life work experience in both countries through internship positions in fields like human rights, women’s empowerment, health, and environmental initiatives.

Livnot U’Lehibanot (To Build & To Be Built)
Livnot U’Lehibanot is an unaffiliated, open-minded non-profit organization that offers 1-4 week integrated Israel experiences of volunteering, hiking off Israel’s beaten path, and community building that allows participants to explore themselves and connections to their Jewish roots. The program is geared for young Jewish adults, ages 21-30+.

Ma’ase Olam
Designed for North American and Israeli young adults 21-29 years old, Ma’ase Olam – Israel Teaching Fellows (ITF) is a joint service-learning program. Its focus? To teach English in Rehovot’s underprivileged schools and serve the local community through volunteer work. Over the course of this 10-month program you will connect with a group of Israeli peers and immerse yourself in Israeli society.

Magen David Adom
Magen David Adom offers hands-on first aid and emergency-care experience in Israel. The program begins with a week-long intensive first aid training course, followed by work alongside some of the 10,000 medics and paramedics, of which 8,500 are volunteers, going out in ambulances and dealing with real-life situations.

Marva
Marva is a program for those interested in experiencing, in some way, what it is like in the Israeli Army. Marva participants stay on army bases, learn about the Israeli Army, learn how to use weapons, go on marches and hikes, and generally complete something akin to basic training. The program is conducted in Hebrew, and so is a good way to become more familiar with the language. Participants need to be physically fit.

MASA: Israel Journey
Masa Israel Journey offers more than 200 opportunities throughout Israel to study, volunteer or develop a career, that last between five months and a year. Masa can also provide grants and scholarships to help make the experience possible.

Nefesh B’Nefesh
The core mission of NBN is to revitalize Aliyah and to substantially increase the number of future Olim by removing the professional, logistical and financial obstacles that prevent many individuals from actualizing their dreams. In the process of fulfilling its’ mission, Nefesh B’Nefesh aims to educate and inspire the Jews of the Diaspora as to the centrality of the Jewish State to the Jewish people and its desirability as a Jewish home.

Otzma 
Make a genuine and authentic impact on Israeli society. This 10-month program combines Hebrew leaning, social action, civil rights, and community building. Spend time in an absorption center learning Hebrew, do community service by using your skills in a development town and on a kibbutz, or participate in the internship track.

Taglit-Birthright Israel
Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a gift of free first time, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18–26. Travel with people just like you on a 10-day trip that introduces you to the marvels of Israel and connects you to your global and local Jewish communities. Socialize with your Jewish Canadian peers. Meet Israeli soldiers. Swim in the dead sea, dance in a Tel Aviv nightclub, and tour a Golan winery. One-third of the cost of each local participant is funded by Jewish Federation. Click here to learn more.

The Jewish Agency for Israel
For over 80 years, the Jewish Agency has served as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish people with a strong Israel at its center. The Jewish Agency for Israel provides meaningful Israel engagement and facilitating Aliyah.

Young Adults March of the Living
Journey to Poland and Israel to explore the darkest and brightest eras of Jewish History. On March of the Living thousands of Jewish young adults from around the world gather for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. Past participants of March of the Living often describe the two weeks they spent in Poland and Israel as one of the most significant experiences of their lives. Open to Canadian Jewish young adults between the ages of 21 and 30. Special subsidies may apply for local Vancouver participants.

Young Judea
Young Judea provides structure as well as the freedom to experience Israel on your own. Participants live as a community in rented apartments in Holon and Bat Yam, near the beach and minutes from Tel Aviv. The program includes volunteer placement in social change organizations in and around Tel Aviv, weekly trips around Israel, evening cultural and educational programs, and a three-day hike. Volunteering takes place four days a week, in the morning or afternoons, which leaves ample free time each day and over the weekend.

OVERSEAS

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a residential community in rural Rwanda. Its 144 acres are home to youth who were orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. The Village is designed to care for, protect and nurture these young people. ASYV organizes 10-day service learning trips for participants learn about the history of the village and Rwanda, while taking part in a volunteer project. Alternately, a select group of volunteers are sent to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village each December to spend one year as part of the Village staff. Volunteers serve the Village in a professional role, dictated by current needs.

AJC’s Goldman Fellowship Programing
AJC’s Goldman Fellowship Program s designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to work in offices domestically and throughout the world – from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. Fellows work closely with supervisors in a mentor relationship with senior AJC personnel to learn about strategy, advocacy, and the development and implementation of programming. Fellows may also spend part of their time developing an independent project with the AJC office to which they are assigned.

American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. AJWS provides unique opportunities to learn, work, serve and travel in Africa, Asia and the Americas. By partnering with grassroots community-based organizations, volunteers experience firsthand the power of local people effecting change.

JDC-Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps: Multi-Week
Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. The multi-week fellowship is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, students with long breaks, or young professionals who are in between jobs to live and serve abroad.

JDC-Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps: One Year
These one-year opportunities enable active, enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers to serve and live abroad. Jewish Service Corps fellows are catalysts for change, creating innovative programs that respond to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, leaving an impact on the global Jewish world. Currently, fellows are serving in locations like Argentina, China, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Latvia, Turkey, Rwanda and Ukraine.

JDC-Entwine Insider Trips: Young Professionals
Entwine offers a continuum of service opportunities for those who want to make an impact in overseas Jewish communities and in non-sectarian development work. Insider Trips are 7-10 days, featuring intensive work and learning with JDC programs and the opportunity to experience the needs of an overseas community firsthand in countries like Argentina, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, and Turkey.

Project Ten
Spend three months or more with Israelis and young Jews from around the world in a Project TEN program center. By highlighting Jewish values that speak directly to sustainable development, social justice, and leadership, Project TEN serves as a unique immersive service-learning framework for volunteers wishing to engage in sustainable development as they themselves develop – forming an extensive Jewish identity-building experience. Program centers operate in vulnerable communities in Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Israel.

Tevel b’Tzedek
Find out how you can spend four months in Nepal for only $250! Tevel b’Tzedek is an Israel-based non-profit organization promoting social and environmental justice with four-month programs in Nepal and Haiti. Their mission is to create a community of Israeli and Diaspora Jews engaging in the urgent issues of global poverty, marginalization and environmental devastation from a place of deep commitment to the Jewish people and its ethical and spiritual traditions.

Ve’ahavta
Ve’ahavta is a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization, motivated by the Jewish value of tzedakah (caring for one another), that assists the needy at home and abroad, through volunteerism, education and acts of kindness, while building bridges between Jews and other peoples. Programs vary from two to four weeks, with opportunities in Guyana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda or Israel.

NORTH AMERICA

ADAMAH: Jewish Environmental Fellowship
A three-month leadership training program in rural Connecticut for Jewish young adults in their 20s that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, community building and contemplative spiritual practice.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
This one-year program combines working for social change, Jewish learning and community building. Participants from any Jewish background are welcome. Stipend and health insurance are provided. You must be eligible to work in the US.

Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee Fellowship 
CJPAC offers a year-long Fellowship program, an opportunity that will allow politically interested and active students to engage further in Canadian politics at an intense level. They will have unique opportunities to meet with Members of Parliament and senior political strategists throughout the year. The Fellowship program includes a trip to Ottawa to attend a national political conference with advanced campaign training exclusively for CJPAC Fellows.

Jewish Farm School and Eden Village Camp’s Farm Educator Apprenticeship
The Jewish Farm School is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. The six-month apprenticeship is geared towards young adults seeking hands-on experience growing food, gaining practical skills, and developing as a Jewish environmental educator. The apprenticeship takes place at Eden Village Camp, one hour north of New York City.

Parliamentary Internship Program
Are you a university graduate interested in a career in politics? This year-long placement in an MP’s office will give you experience working with members of the House of Commons. It’s a valuable, career-building program; past interns have gone on to work for MPs all across the country.

The Amir Project
Spend this upcoming summer working on a farm or garden! The Amir Project is a non-profit organization that aims to teach and empower children about environmental and social issues in their community through the medium of a farm or garden – and we need farmers! Amir farmers get placed at a summer camp in the United States with a small team of other farmers and mentors, and work for the summer in the ground, educating others with experiential learning via planting, maintaining, harvesting, and giving to the land. This paid summer job is unlike many others, giving students a foundation to grow themselves, and a unique place in the network of the Amir farming generation.