In the Hinnom Valley, which links the Old City with the modern neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, participants will develop and build a sustainable, city-based farm complete with vegetable and spice gardens, composting stations, terraces, and more. Participants will gain experience in informal education through working with local children and receive professional training in various agricultural fields, such as permaculture, carpentry, sustainable building, farming and more. As leaders in establishing the local chapter of HaShomer HaChadash’s Youth Organization, participants will strive to inspire younger generations with the value of being an active Zionist through working the land.
Educational opportunities are weaved in throughout the year of volunteering, taking place formally in the classroom, and organically through local exposure. Participants will not only have Hebrew classes, but an opportunity to live with Israelis of the same age, allowing participants to grow leaps and bounds beyond their peers who simply study passively.
Additional courses will be offered in two streams: Jewish studies and professional development.
Jewish studies courses will cover topics such as history, thought, and culture, while professional development training will cover “permaculture, carpentry, sustainable farming, soil and crops.”
Through the program’s partnership with the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, participants can earn up to 24 college credits for their studies during the year. For more information about the American Jewish University, please visit their website at https://www.aju.edu/.
Regular excursions allow participants to see a fuller, more comprehensive picture of Israel-- allowing participants to connect in a more meaningful way. Trips will vary from networking opportunities to national parks, museums, and more!
Participants will regularly take part in evening activities ranging from leadership development and group dynamics, to practical home economics style courses, and sociocultural programming.
Shabbatot are spent either visiting other HaShomer HaChadash kommunot or in Jerusalem as free weekends. Every three weeks, participants will have a shabbat together as a group, allowing them to take part in communal life as an overarching life-lesson and skill going into shared accommodations on a university campus.
Participants will be living in the heart of Jerusalem in apartments together. Included in room and board as part of tuition is an unlimited local transit pass, a fully-equipped apartment ready to move-in, a counsellor who will lead participants in home economics style classes on cooking, cleaning, budgeting, laundry, and communal living. Participants will also be given an additional bursary to cover additional cost of living expenses.
Each semester participants can register for educational trips (total of two) to learn about the Jewish Diaspora and Israeli foreign relations.
Trips will give you the opportunity to:
International trips currently available include: Spain, Czech Republic, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, and Poland.