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FZY Year Course 2021-22 pre-departure information webinar

FZY UK2021-08-18
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Joel and key individuals discuss travel regulations for the Israel program, including quarantine details and activities. Participants will have a fully catered quarantine with online programming before orientation and Rosh Hashanah. The program offers various tracks, including volunteer and internship opportunities in Tel Aviv. Participants will engage in activities like ambulance volunteering and have the opportunity to explore modern Tel Aviv. The program emphasizes personal growth and provides support for participants throughout their journey. Important information on health insurance, visa processing, and required documentation for entry into Israel is also highlighted.

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Introduction of key individuals on the call.
Adam Jensen shares his background of being on the year course, moving to Israel, and his roles within Young Judaea's programs.
Adam Jensen expresses excitement to collaborate with individuals from different backgrounds on the call.
Travel regulations between Israel and the UK discussed in relation to COVID changes.
UK no longer red-listed, allowing for direct flights to Israel.
One-week quarantine period required for travelers.
Program start date moved up to complete quarantine before Rosh Hashanah.
Around 170 Americans participating in the program, facing challenges in decision-making process.
Arrival and Quarantine Procedures for Program Participants
Participants will arrive on August 29th, with 10 coming from the UK on a group flight and two FBI participants from France and the US.
Quarantine rules mandate a 14-day quarantine period, but it may be shortened to 7 days with a negative PCR test on day seven.
The aim is for participants to exit quarantine by day eight.
Two apartments will be arranged for participants, each accommodating around six individuals and featuring outdoor spaces for fresh air during quarantine.
Overview of Quarantine Program for Participants
Participants will receive groceries and cooking courses during quarantine.
Fully catered meals and Wi-Fi will be provided in apartments.
Lessons from last year's program will be applied.
Programming and orientation activities will be conducted online, with virtual meetings with staff and other participants.
Orientation and Accommodations for Rosh Hashanah Retreat
Participants will have an in-person orientation before Rosh Hashanah at Muday Inn.
Meals will be hosted at the speaker's house, with various denominational services available.
Activities and programs will be organized for a group experience during Rosh Hashanah.
Some participants may move to a different apartment after quarantine for logistical reasons.
Release from quarantine on 9th or 10th of September with close contact with American group.
PCR and serological tests needed for entry into Israel to prove vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.
Serological test during quarantine grants green passport for increased movement.
Green passport necessary for entry into certain places.
First 10 days to two weeks of program involve testing and arrangements for green passport.
Overview of Tel Aviv Experience Program.
Suzanne will lead participants from Rosh Hashanah onwards, with activities including a Shabbat in Tel Hai and orientation in Tel Aviv.
Orientation will cover program basics, cooking classes, communal living, and an intensive Hebrew program.
Participants will engage in Massa Tel Aviv program to explore city's history and culture from different perspectives.
Highlights of Tel Aviv Exploration
Different beaches and communities in the north and south are explored during the segment.
Upcoming holidays like Yom Kippur and Sukkot are mentioned, with planned activities and services throughout Tel Aviv.
Participants will have options for services like conservative, reform, and orthodox.
Sukkot activities include camping in Hanashaya to sleep under the stars, followed by more activities and holidays like Simchat Torah and Shmini Atzeret.
Specialty tracks like Marva and Mata are discussed, along with the schedule for volunteer and internship tracks in Tel Aviv.
Participants will spend four days a week at their placements and have additional activities like Opon and community building.
Add-ons like the business track and fitness track are available, along with weekly community-building sessions.
Joel shares his background and experience working in Israel, emphasizing the importance of the television semester and the initial month's activities.
Israel Experience Semester in Tel Aviv offers various tracks for students, including the keyboards track with a partnership with Kibbutz Kitura.
The keyboards track involves volunteering in physical roles like kitchen, laundromat, and guest house tasks.
Students on this track work six days a week with Saturdays off for Shabbat.
The location of Kibbutz Kitura is described as the opposite of Tel Aviv, providing a unique and immersive experience for students.
The program offers different tracks for volunteers, including a keyboard staff track and an army track in partnership with the Israeli army.
Participants in the army track spend two months on an army base, alternating between time on and off base.
This experience provides insight into the Israeli army culture and includes time in Tel Aviv with the rest of the course participants.
The program offers a unique opportunity for individuals looking for a different pace and cultural experience.
Highlights of the International Basic Training Program
The program simulates basic training for foreign students, offering a meaningful and intense experience.
Participants are pushed to grow and learn, with no regrets reported by previous students.
The program includes challenges and tough moments but ultimately leads to a fantastic and rewarding experience.
The medical track, in partnership with Israeli organizations, is popular and provides hands-on training as medics volunteering on ambulances.
Summary of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program in Tel Aviv.
Students undergo a 10-day training course before living in Tel Aviv and working at ambulance stations with flexible schedules.
Participants work 8-hour shifts, volunteer 4-5 times a week, and have intense, physically demanding experiences.
Students assist in real ambulance calls, such as delivering babies and handling challenging incidents.
The program is highly recommended, with strict COVID protocols in place and a focus on student safety.
Tailor-made experiences for students in Tel Aviv through volunteering and interning with the goal of matching students with their dream jobs.
Students work with at-risk youth, special needs individuals, and various organizations to gain hands-on experience.
Internship opportunities include tech companies, non-profits, music industry, art, and finance sectors, offering diverse experiences.
The program is designed for students without extensive professional experience and those who may not speak the local language, challenging cultural norms in Israeli society.
Importance of understanding the internship process and managing expectations.
Emphasis on the effectiveness of the internship and volunteering placement team in facilitating opportunities.
Encouragement for questions, especially regarding changing preferences and deadlines for additional application forms.
Strict deadlines for paperwork submission, with a hard deadline of August 19th for certain forms.
Requirement for basic contact information and medical forms for registration, with specific instructions on form submission.
Overview of medical track application process for volunteering on an ambulance.
Requirement of a 500-word statement explaining desire to volunteer, open to non-native English speakers with low expectations.
Encouragement to seek clarification on forms and registration, stressing importance of timely decisions.
Mention of ongoing impact of pandemic and successful vaccination programs in UK and Israel.
Potential changes to regulations highlighted.
Discussion on potential changes in guidelines due to lockdowns and green passports.
Emphasis on the need for flexibility in planning programming to adapt to evolving situations, as seen during the pandemic.
Hope expressed for calm, successful vaccinations, and improved medication for a return to normalcy.
Introduction of a new contact person for program communications, highlighting availability and upcoming training seminars.
Overall message to stay informed and prepared for potential adjustments in programming.
Health insurance form and entry permits for traveling to Israel.
Health insurance form must be completed and sent to designated health service provider.
Entry permits are required for entry into Israel, with exceptions for certain programs like the FCY Equals program.
The FCY Equals program can assist in obtaining a year-long student visa once in the country.
Tourists are currently not allowed entry into Israel, only Israeli citizens and exceptions like specific programs are permitted.
Requirements for Visa Processing in Israel.
Participants must bring necessary documents, including original copies, for visa processing.
PCR tests are mandatory within 72 hours before arrival in Israel, with further testing at the airport.
An entrance form must be completed within 24 hours before departure with information provided by organizers.
Accuracy in completing the form is essential to comply with entry regulations.
International travel restrictions due to COVID-19 require up-to-date information and compliance with necessary measures.
Updates on upcoming events and vaccination requirements, including proof of full immunization for various diseases, were shared.
Certain tracks, like the magenta video dom track, mandate specific immunizations for health insurance purposes, such as tetanus.
Participants were advised to submit required documentation in advance to streamline the process.
Concerns about rabies shots were addressed, with the recommendation not being strongly enforced.
Getting an Israeli SIM card upon arrival is not a major issue, but it is recommended to sort it out beforehand.
It is crucial to have an unlocked phone, as it may not work with an international SIM card during quarantine.
Contact information is provided for assistance and guidance before the trip.
The team is excited to welcome travelers and is prepared to facilitate the process as much as possible.
Highlights of the Gap Year Program in Israel
Staff members have personal experiences with gap year programs in Israel, providing valuable support and guidance to participants.
The team is committed to assisting students throughout their journey in a supportive and enriching environment.
The next session begins in 12 days at Bengalian Airport, and the staff is eager to meet the new students.