Way More Israel participants live in dorms in Jerusalem’s Old city, with approximately 2-4 people living in one room.
The apartments are fully furnished with beds, table and chairs, heat/air-conditioning, washing machine, wifi and basic kitchen appliances. Blankets, pillows, linen and towels are provided by Way More Israel.
You’ll need to bring everything you need to make you feel at home. Since the weather in Jerusalem is “predictably unpredictable”, you’ll need both warm and cool clothing. In the summer, it can get extremely hot. When it rains (October through February) you’ll need sweaters, boots, and jackets, especially because central heating is not found everywhere. You’ll also need clothes suitable for the workplace if you are interning as well as clothes for hiking and outdoor trips.
*It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes as living in Jerusalem involves a lot of walking.
After submitting your resume and specifying what you are interested in, you will meet with Way More Israel’s internship coordinator to determine what will suit you best. This interview is important because it will determine how you spend three months in Israel so it’s important to present yourself professionally.
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.
Volunteering is done weekly on the Way More Israel program by the whole group. In addition, participants can choose to volunteer full-time every day instead of interning. Some of the volunteer projects include:
- soup kitchen/meals on wheels – food preparation and serving
- food baskets – warehouse stocking and basket assembly
- special needs adults/children – teaching basic skills, art therapy
- elderly – creating art projects for resale, exercise, meal service, assistance with daily life
- music – performing for the sick and elderly
- medical clowning
- at risk youth – teaching them study and life skills
Masa provides a grant which you can apply for here: http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/apply. You must apply for the grant in addition to applying to Way More Israel. If you can demonstrate a financial need, you can get an additioanl “needs-based” Masa scholarship. People from outside North America may be eligible for more Masa scholarship money. Contact Masa for more details.
There are many options out there, including:
- Your local Jewish federation – our staff can help you with these scholarships.
- Personal fundraising platforms (i.e. GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Rocket Hub and more)
- Plant Your Way To Israel – The Jewish National Fund’s platform, where part of each donation goes towards planting trees in Israel and the rest goes towards your More Israel tuition. the following are all links
- Go! Volunteer Abroad Scholarship: www.goabroad.com/scholarships-abroad
- Go! Overseas Scholarship: www.internationalscholarships.com
- The Amy Adina Schulman Scholarship Fund (if you will be volunteering for 3 months on our program)
- Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
- If you are enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution for graduate or undergraduate program, you can write an essay about the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction. Winners get at least $1000.
- Your local synagogue – there may be special funds earmarked for Israel travel
Please contact our staff with questions/concerns.
Participants usually spend $400-600 per month for food, local travel and personal expenses. Cellphone rental and travel outside of Jerusalem could increase your costs. This is only a guideline and some participants will spend more or less. Bring your ATM card with you – it’s the quickest and easiest way to get cash!
We can try to accommodate you, but generally that is not possible since companies are counting on you and your work at their company.