7 MONTH PROGRAM

ISRAEL BY CHOICE

During the seven months (July and August) there are four different option components which participants can choose from. During this time participants can choose to do volunteer work as a madrich/a on Jewish Summer camps in the USA (and Canada); Marva - The Israeli Army Experience; Magen David Adom Ambulance and First Aid Course, and Internships. The program provides the participants with preparation and enrolment to the different options, transportation, accommodation, a group weekend, insurance and the continual accompaniment of the program staff.

Jewish Summer Camps in USA and Canada

Join camp leaders from the USA, Israel and around the world in running summer camps across America and Canada. Participants will be interviewed and be able to fulfill certain roles on these camps according to their skills. From kayaking, to sports coaching, to arts & craft, dance and cooking workshops. These are just a few of the areas that IBC participants (who will be madrichim) are able to lead in on these camps, as well as leading in a regular hadracha capacity.

*Applications for this options will need to be in by the end of November 2020.  

Magen David Adom

Participants have the option to volunteer for MDA (Magen David Adom – The Israel Ambulance Service) and work alongside Israeli staff and volunteers on ambulances and at MDA stations. On completion of a compulsory intensive 60 hour training course,

the participants will be qualified to volunteer on the ambulances, working on a shift basis. Please note; MDA requires an acceptable level of Hebrew to participate which is assessed by interview.

**The MDA training and volunteering is run externally by MDA for which there is an additional cost of $850 determined by MDA.

If you are interested please see the following link with all details regarding program application, payment (not included in cost of program) and pre-requisites – http://www.mdavolunteers.org/overseas-program

Mar’va (The Israeli Army Experience)

Mar’va is a 7-8 week intensive program providing the participants with an insight into the compulsory army service that is required of Israelis of the same age. The program begins with simulated ‘basic training’, followed by continuous learning and touring. Participants will live on an army base and will experience real Israeli army training. They are taught about Israeli culture and the impact of the army on Israeli society. The course is physically demanding, but also has a large focus on learning and understanding the army, an integral component of Israeli society. Marva dates: TBC

*It is important to note that IBC participants will not be involved in any real life combat situations during Mar’va.

**Australian are not able to take part in marva at this stage because of Australian Government Legislation.

Internships

Joining forces with The Masa-Tlalim internship program, we offer a variety of internships across Israel that IBC participants can take part in. Participants learn while working, gaining real experience in fields such as: hi-tech, environment and more with companies such as: IBM, Intel, Fatal Hotels and more. The participants will be based with the MDA volunteers and living in the centre of the country.. Internships are a full-time job, Sunday-Thursday, that demands full, commitment. 

Participants will be responsible for their scheduling and will be living in an indepenedent living environement. 

* Prospective interns are required to pass an interview process with the hiring company before commencing.
** Location of accomodation and living to be determined based on availability and internship and MDA locations.

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