Now that you are signed up for the ten-day Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip and will be in Israel (for free!) you are presented with a great opportunity to extend your stay and continue your Israel experience.
To assist you, we have compiled a list of some great opportunities that you can participate in following
your Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip. Feel free to contact Malka Kraus at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about any of the below opportunities or any other post-trip opportunities you may be interested in. We encourage you to maximize your Israel experience by signing up for one or more of the following programs:
Please note:Your post Taglit-Birthright Israel trip can only begin after the complete Taglit-Birthright Israel trip is over. Under no circumstances can participants leave the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip early.
Aside for the “3 Week Extension at Mayanot” and the “Study in Israel” options, the below opportunities are independently run and are not affiliated with Mayanot.
3 Week Extension at Mayanot
You are about to participate on the Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT experience – ten long days of fast-paced action-packed adventure, partying, learning and inspiration. Mayanot offers the unique opportunity to extend your trip for another 3 weeks to experience Israel and Judaism in a more relaxed environment, giving you the opportunity to internalize all that you experienced on the ten-day Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip. For more information and to apply click here.
Eilat – Jordan – Egypt
Because our itinerary covers so much of Israel there is simply not enough time to include Eilat during the trip. However, Mayanot will make it easy for you to arrange a low-cost visit to this beautiful seaside city so you can enjoy its beaches, coral reefs, scuba diving, dolphin shows, off-road jeeping, amazing hikes and other attractions with your new Mayanot friends! Also available are guided tours to Jordan and Egypt. It is best to plan your Eilat/Jordan/Egypt trip before you leave to Israel though our staff will be more than happy to assist you with this when you are in Israel as well. Click here to plan your Eilat/Jordan/Egypt extension.
Study in Israel
Spend a semester or year studying in the heart of Jerusalem at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies. Mayanot offers a unique approach to Jewish learning that combines a highly academic curriculum with a warm environment focused on personal growth. Discover 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom exploring exciting areas of Jewish heritage, culture and thought. The program includes Hebrew language classes (Ulpan), tours throughout Israel, cultural activities, shabbatons and community service projects. No Hebrew language or Jewish studies background is required. Scholarships and airfare subsidies are available. Summer programs are available. For more information and to apply please visit www.mayanot.edu.
Archeological Digs and Excavation
The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project is a long-term investigation aimed at studying the archaeology and history of one of the most important sites in Israel. In addition to participating in all facets of the excavation process, participants will be provided with the opportunity to learn excavation techniques, to hear lectures about the archaeology of Israel, and to go on field trips to nearby sites of interest. Students from all over the world may earn university credits through Bar Ilan University. For more information and to apply please visit www.dig-gath.org.
Ascent of Safed
Located in the Old City of Safed (Tzfat, Zefat or Tzefat!) and very close to the city’s center and tourist attractions, Ascent offers comfortable accommodations with stunning views, Shabbat hospitality, daily classes in mysticism, a multi-media center & English Jewish library, guided tours, hikes and live music events. Ascent also has a volunteer program where participants can engage in community development while staying at Ascent and participating in classes and activities for a discounted rate. For more information and to arrange your stay at Ascent, please visit www.myAscent.org.
GoEco Volunteer Programs
Volunteer in Israel and discover up-close the amazing cultural and natural diversity that has followed this land since biblical times. With GoEco you can fulfill an eco-tourism internship in the ancient city of Nazareth or rehabilitate animals in the vast Arava desert. Dreamt of volunteering on a kibbutz, then why not join our eco-volunteer kibbutz programs. Based on years of development and in-depth field reports, GoEco presents you a careful selection of excellent yet affordable social and wildlife volunteer projects in Israel. Projects start of with an exciting GoEco orientation in Jerusalem. For more information and to apply, please visit www.goeco.org/israel.
Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu
Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is situated in the fertile Beit Shean valley close to the Sea of Galilee. It is home to 300 members and an equal number of children, and combines an observant, Jewish way of life with the principles of kibbutz life and a devotion to the land and people of Israel.
For more information, please visit: http://www.seliyahu.org.il/eVolunteers.htm.
Livnot offers volunteer and adventurous opportunities in Israel following your Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip. In addition to Individual volunteering, they offer one-week volunteer programs geared specifically to people who want to stay on in Israel after Birthright and come to Tzfat for a week of volunteering and hiking. Also, the 4-week Galilee Programs offer a longer opportunity to stay and volunteer. For more information and to apply please visit http://www.livnot.org/landing-pages/summer-2012/mayanot.html
Isralight: Inward Bound
Experience the “soulsation” of your life! Enjoy seven life-changing days exploring Jewish spirituality, discovering Jerusalem & living in the Old City! Join best-selling author,
Rabbi David Aaron, tour guide/teacher extraordinaire Gili Houpt, and Isralight’s world class educators for an unforgettable week of inspiration and transformation. For dates and fees and more information, see here: http://isralight.org/innerviews/.
Mahal – Volunteer Service in the Israeli Army
The duration of the Mahal IDF programs for non-Israeli citizens is 14 ½ months (or 18 months including Hebrew studies). There are also IDF programs of 14 ½ months for overseas Israelis. For more information, assistance and application please visit www.mahal-idf-volunteers.org.
Magen Dovid Adom – Ambulance Volunteer Program
This exciting two-month group experience is for independent young adults, aged 18 and over. Participants undergo a first-aid training course in Israel, and are then placed in one of the numerous Magen David Adom Centers around the country, where they work on ambulances with other Israeli volunteers, providing first aid and emergency care. The program includes housing in absorption centers, as well as trips and seminars, and is run several times a year. For more information and to apply please click here.
Live, learn and volunteer in a 10 month all–encompassing experience that includes leadership training, contributing to civil rights and community building, learning Hebrew and exploring Jewish and Israeli tradition. A challenging, educational, and hard-working experience designed to give participants an opportunity to live and work in a variety of settings throughout Israel. For more information and to apply please visit www.otzma.org.
Sarel – Volunteer at an Israeli Army Base
Sarel is a 3 week volunteer program with the IDF. Volunteers live on army bases, and do maintenance work such as packaging food and medicines for soldiers, fixing army equipment, clearing out storage spaces, etc. There are social aspects to the program as well. For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.sar-el.org.
Working to promote Holocaust education and remembrance The International School for Holocaust Studies organizes educational programs and produces educational materials for a variety of target populations and educational organizations in Israel and abroad. Internship opportunities are offered for educators and students from overseas. For more information and to apply please contact Yad Vashem through www.yadvashem.org.
After having spent 10 days with young people your age you might want to make contact with some older people and volunteer in one of Melabev’s centers. Our centers are for people with memory problems including Alzheimer’s and dementia. We concentrate on what the people like to do and provide art, music, dance, pet, and horticulture therapies in a very supportive atmosphere. We also use Savion computer program for cognitive stimulation. Come give of yourself and you will get so much in return. For more information go to www.melabev.org.
Abraham’s Tent is an open home and hostel, established to help birthright students extend their Israel trip in a comfortable and affordable manner.
Located in the Old City of Jerusalem Abraham’s Tent offers a wide array of services including; lodging, social events, Free laundry facilities, Free Wi-Fi, Shabbat meals, BBQ’s, trips, tours, travelers information, and much more.
The network center offers a combination of tools and resources to serve as an individual’s launching pad for further discovery and opportunities in Israel and abroad.
Whether you want to pop in to do your laundry and use the Wi-Fi or would like to stay for a few nights, Abraham’s Tent is your home away from home in Jerusalem.
At Abraham’s Tent you don’t just visit Israel you experience it!
Jewgether is a hospitality network that connects Jewish people from around the world and helps Jewish travelers find a place to stay. Using its intuitive site, Jewgether.org, post-Birthright travelers have the opportunity to find like-minded individuals, of all age groups, who have opened their homes to visitors from abroad. This unique opportunity gives such travelers the opportunity to explore Israel on their own, while connecting with locals, providing an interesting perspective and different view on the country. Ranging from Shabbat dinners and recommendations on the country’s hot spots to staying over for few days, Jewgether locals add another unique layer to an already eye-opening trip, rounding off the Birthright while strengthening international Jewish bonds. www.jewgether.org.
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