Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa offers English-speaking Jews from around the world (including Israel), between the ages of 21-29 the opportunity to live, study and volunteer in Tel Aviv-Jaffa for 5 or 10 months.
You’ll begin your Tikkun Olam experience with a 3-week orientation period dedicated to Hebrew Ulpan study, touring potential volunteering places, and getting acclimated to south Tel Aviv and Jaffa culture.
In order to focus your volunteer and study time on the program, you will choose between two tracks: The Social Action Track and the Coexistence Track.
- On the Social Action Track, you’ll live in south Tel Aviv and volunteer with new Israeli immigrants, at-risk Jewish populations, refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, and migrant workers from all over the world.
- On the Coexistence Track, you’ll live in one of the diverse neighborhoods of Jaffa and volunteer in organizations that promote Arab-Jewish understanding and coexistence.
- On the Internship Track, you will focus on one specific internship assignment, which is designed to give you experience that will help you in a future career in the non-profit sector. Available internships include Jewish organizations, Arab-Jewish coexistence projects, refugee advocacy organizations and more.
- The Academic Track is a Joint Program with the Hebrew University (only available in 10 month program). You will finish the year with an MA in Non-Profit Management. You will spend two days a week studying in Jerusalem and two days a week interning in a non-profit organization in Tel Aviv.
In all tracks, your study days will focus on the issues that you’ll encounter in your volunteering, along with classes on Jewish identity and Israeli culture. And you’ll continue your Hebrew language studies throughout the course of the program.
Trips and Tours
You’ll explore Israel, its people and its culture, on monthly overnight trips all over the country, day tours and cultural activities. Overnight trips focus on exposing you to the many different regions of Israel through camping and hiking (for all skill levels). The day trips are an extension of the study program — you’ll get a first-hand view of the issues facing Israeli society by meeting the people who live them each day. Past tours include Israeli Arab villages, West Bank settlements, Bedouin villages and more.
Tikkun Olam is the only long-term post-college program in Israel with Israeli participants in the group, who will help you get to know Israel first-hand and truly become a part of Israeli society.
Additionally, the program housing is in the same neighborhoods as the populations with which you’ll volunteer. You’ll create connections with the populations living around you, and enable yourself to truly become a member of the community.
5 months Fall: August 31, 2016 – January 26, 2017
5 months Spring: February 5, 2017 – June 16, 2017
10 months: August 31, 2016 – June 16, 2017
Base Tuition (including Accommodation*)
5 month program: $7,300
10 month program: $11,000
Participants may be able to ask for a single room in the living accommodations for an additional charge.
M.A. Track with the Hebrew University: $14,500 (this cost includes transportation to and from the Hebrew University on study days, and accommodation in the university dorms during the summer semester)
Masa Israel Grants are available for participants aged 21-30.