Spend five months living and volunteering alongside Israeli peers while making a meaningful impact on Israeli society. You’ll have the option to live in one of two culturally diverse locations, learn Hebrew and Arabic, and gain experience in ecotourism, social justice, entrepreneurship, and co-existence.
Become part of the community in which you live and serve. This is your chance to gain a real world connection to Israeli society and its people. Along the way, we will crisscross the country on a series of travel experiences take you to parts of Israel that you’ve never seen before!
Sustainability, Education, and Co-Existence on Kibbutz Harduf
Over the past several years, Kibbutz Harduf has initiated numerous groundbreaking projects in education, services for those with special needs, mental health, welfare, and organic agriculture. As a result, the kibbutz became the country’s largest producer of organic agricultural products. The kibbutz also played a key role in the establishment of Israel’s first Waldorf School.
Israel Corps members live like locals on a unique kibbutz with approximately 650 residents, including 170 children and adults with special needs. While living on Kibbutz Harduf, participants take part in creating a pluralistic Jewish community, as they learn about tikkun olam and sustainable agriculture from local experts. They also dedicate much of their time to co-existence work through social action programs between Jews, Bedouins, and Arabs, as well as other volunteer projects with local community partners. The program is a personal journey and an opportunity for young adults to explore their connection to humanity, the Jewish people, and planet Earth.
Israel Corps is a service learning experience — not just a volunteer project.
In addition to making a contribution to your host community, exploring Israel is a core component of Israel Corps – Project TEN. The program includes a series of educational tours in participants’ home region and beyond. These enrichment experiences are scheduled throughout the program and are designed to expose Israel Corps participants to contemporary Israeli society, the intricacies of Jewish history, and the stunning beauty of Israel’s ecology on a deeper level than a typical tour. Israel Outdoors NEXT’s own professional guides lead these excursions and all of the travel expenses are included. In addition to day trips, the program covers weekend-long trips to many other parts of the country. During these longer trips, participants stay at hotels and guesthouses while taking part in seminars and programs with others Israel Outdoors NEXT groups.