In only 8 weeks you can gain valuable work experience and improve your Hebrew language skills while living and learning in Jerusalem!
First 2 weeks: Focus on Ulpan (learning Hebrew), volunteering, exploring Jerusalem and Israel.
The last 6 weeks: Professional Internship in addition to classes, workshops, or discussions on timely Jewish topics. Our classes and workshops are given from an orthodox perspective by professional Rabbis and teachers, with whom you will have a chance to connect with throughout the program.
This program is in partnership with Onward Israel.
Jewish people ages 19 to 27. You need to speak English fluently and have no physical or mental limitations that would prevent you from the getting the maximum out of the program.
Way More Israel is a project of Onward Israel, part of the Jewish Federation of Israel. They subsidize the trip based on certain criteria and for most participants the cost is $350 (not including airfare). If you are not eligibile for the scholarship, the cost is $5800.
Please note that the $350 payment for the program in not refundable for any reason.
Check out the sample itinerary (subject to change).
You will have several mornings of Ulpan (Hebrew) instruction, focusing on spoken Hebrew.
This should help everyone put their Hebrew skills to good use in the stores, in the workplace, and when meeting new people.
You’ll have plenty of time to explore Jerusalem as a local – the shops, the restaurants, the museums, and cultural exhibitions.
Being in the Old City opens up a world of new sights and sounds to discover.
Jerusalem in general and the Old City in particular has increased its level of security. Way More Israel has your safety in mind and works in conjunction with National Security to make sure all trips are safe and security-cleared. Our staff is knowledgeable and will help you decide where to go during your free time, if you ask them.
Way More Israel participants live either in dormitory apartments or a youth hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City. There are 2-4 people per room.
The beds are single beds as well as bunk beds.
The dormitories are fully furnished with beds, table and chairs, heat/air-conditioning, washing machine, wifi and a tea/coffee station. Blankets, pillows, linens and towels are provided by Way More Israel.
After submitting your resume and specifying what you are interested in, Way More Israel’s internship coordinator will determine what will suit you best. Be sure to express your interests and goals for the internship as clearly as possible.
Generally that is not possible since companies are counting on you and your work at their company. In some cases internships can be switched, but we can’t guarantee it.
International work experience is a huge bonus on your resume, which can open up way more doors for you and your future. Some interns in Israel get offered paid jobs following their internship placements (but we can’t guarantee anything). Interacting with Israelis on the job will give you a real feel of what it’s like to live and work in Israel.
Our group volunteering options include some, but not all, of the options below:
This is entirely up to you. Prices fluctuate based on season and demand. Flights with a stopover in Europe tend to be cheaper. WMI takes no responsibility for travel to and from the program.
Don’t forget to check your passport. Passports must be valid; if your passport expires 6 months before your travel date, you will not be allowed to board the airplane.
You don’t need a student visa if you are staying for under 90 days.
Way More Israel’s summer session is already heavily subsidized. To help cover airfare or other costs, you can ask our staff about contacting the Israel program department of your local Jewish Federation or other organizations that provide scholarships.
Way More Israel provides a stipend to cover breakfast and lunch. At your discretion, you can supplement this with your own money.
Dinner is provided by the program. Vegetarian options are available.
Several weeks before arrival, you will pay a $250 security deposit, refundable at the end of the program if no damage is incurred to Way More Israel’s property and if there were no attendance or disciplinary problems.