During the Seven Months (July and August) there are five option components.
During this time participants can choose to do volunteer work in Ethiopia, Marva The Israeli Army Experience, Magen David Adom Ambulance and First Aid Course, Yeshiva Jewish learning in Yeshivat Tora Betzion and Camp Kimama Israel International Summer Camp.
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.
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.
7 months PROGRAM
ISRAEL BY CHOICE
Camp Kimama is a one-of-a-kind international summer camp held in Israel, with thousands of participants each year, aged 6-17,
from 40 different countries around the world. Kimama offers three summer camp experiences in Israel: Kimama Michmoret - on the Mediterranean shore, about half an hour from Tel Aviv; Kimama Hof - a nature and sea sports camp by the beach in Beit-Yanai; and Kimama Carmel - an inter-disciplinary camp at the foot of Mount Carmel, in Haifa.
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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