Travel Opportunities

 

Get bitten by the travel bug.

 

Where do you want your experience to take you? With placements throughout North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas, these volunteer and work opportunities could add serious stamps to your passport.

 

 

ISRAEL 


Overseas | North America

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. Our Jewish Federation organizes a local team of Vancouver paddlers to participate. Join the team! Click here for more information.

 

MASA: Israel Journey
Want to study, volunteer or develop your career in Israel? Masa Israel Journey offers more than 200 opportunities throughout Israel that last between five months and a year. Key in where and when you’d like to go and Masa’s program finder will help find the best opportunity for you. Masa can also provide grants and scholarships to help make the experience possible.

 

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.

 

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
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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 
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+.

 

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.

 

Magen David Adom 
Gain hands-on first aid and emergency-care experience in Israel. Begin with a week-long intensive first aid training course, then 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.

 

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.

 

 

OVERSEAS  

 

Israel | North America

 

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 seven to 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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA  


Israel | Overseas

 

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. 


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.

 

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.