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Program for AFTER birthright

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Program for AFTER birthright

Hello, my 19 year old daughter would like to stay in Israel for about 3 months after her birthright trip. She does not want a study program. Other than that she is open to suggestions. The problem is her lack of funds. Any suggestions for inexpensive possibilities that include room and meals? I cannot seem to find even a kibbutz volunteer program.

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

Look at the "oranim" volunteer programs.

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2. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

http://www.kibbutz.org.il/volunteers/ This is the link for volunteering on a kibbutz. Your daughter should understand that she will be working 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. She will get a very small stipend and will need to buy some of her own food. She may have other North American volunteers on the kibbutz or there may not be. Volunteers do not have much interaction with the Kibbutzniks. Accommodation is very basic with shared rooms.

My son did kibbutz volunteering after his birthright experience. He was well travelled at 18 including having travelled internationally on his own. He had a great experience overall but there were serveral bumps along the way including a pretty bad bedbug situation, sometimes working double shifts and starting work at 4am daily. He was one of 2 North American volunteers on his kibbutz, the others being from Europe and Korea. He was also the youngest with most volunteers being in their mid 20's. This can be a really great experience, my son is still in contact with Israelis he met during that time (but not any of the other volunteers), he learned a lot about hard work and commitment and his Hebrew (which he really worked at) improved to quite conversationally fluent. I visited him while he was working there for the 6 months and he was happy and settled. It was a real life experience.

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3. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

I'm not sure about costs or room/board, but she might look at the MASA programs and see if there ius anything suitable.

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4. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

For the MASA programs for 19-20 year olds, the costs are generally in the $3000 range. The Oranim programs mentioned before are subsidized by MASA grants and bring the prices down to this range. Many of these programs do require a longer stay than 3 months but offer some great opportunities and experiences in a more structured program environment.

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5. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

Understand that your daughter will have to renew her VISA after 3 months. She will either need to be in a program that provides room and board or she will need to show that she can support herself.

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6. Re: Program for AFTER birthright

Actually, to work on a kibbutz, you need a volunteer visa. This is required 2 weeks after arrival and is arranged by the Kibbutz Volunteer Centre. It is good for 3 months at which time it has to be renewed. It is important to understand that volunteering requires a separate visa, not a tourist visa. If you leave the country on a volunteer visa, you can not re-enter Israel unless you have a multiple re-entry visa. These arrangements are made through the program you are volunteering with. You are also required to purchase Israeli medical insurance while volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel. Educational programs do run differently, you have to check in advance. The most important thing to realize is that arrangements for volunteering or programs must be made before departing your home country.

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