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FZY Year Course 2024/25 Information Evening Presentation

FZY UK2024-01-24
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The video discusses the FSY program in Israel, focusing on gap year experiences, volunteering, internships, Hebrew language classes, and cultural immersion. Participants engage in various activities, including emergency medical training, volunteering, educational sightseeing, and military simulations. The program offers leadership training, deep dive electives, Jewish history seminars, and cultural celebrations. Safety and security are prioritized, with financial support available for participants. The program aims to provide meaningful experiences while ensuring a safe environment for all participants.

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Importance of Meaningful Activities During a Gap Year.
Joel, FIDY's executive director with 20 years of experience, emphasizes the significance of activities like learning a language, volunteering, and exploring different cultures during a gap year.
Alex, an Fcy movement worker, is introduced as another participant who contributes to the discussion.
Employers prioritize experiences like language learning and volunteering over leisure activities like relaxing on a beach.
Meaningful activities are beneficial for personal growth and future career opportunities.
Universities value gap years for applicants, offering valuable experiences to differentiate individuals.
Most universities have a positive view of gap years, except for certain courses and institutions.
Gap years help students prepare for independent living and university demands.
FS Yles program is praised for meeting future employer and university expectations, with 180 participants from the UK, Europe, and young Judea participants from America.
The program involves starting in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, then switching halfway through, emphasizing cohesion among participants.
Program structure and highlights.
The program starts in September in Tel Aviv with a focus on volunteering.
In January, participants from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem come together for Zan Yahad.
From February to May, participants move to Jerusalem for a study-based semester.
Tel Aviv campus, B Hillel, accommodates around 65 people with ensuite bathrooms.
Life skills program for independent living at the campus.
Participants are provided with a fully equipped kitchen and taught essential skills like shopping, cooking, and cleaning.
Weekly food baskets with basics like fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and cleaning supplies are given.
Participants work together to plan menus, shop for ingredients, and cook meals to encourage budgeting and shopping skills.
The campus has a gallery area for classes and events.
Highlights of Campus Life in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Tel Aviv campus offers Hebrew language classes, rooftop garden, central location, and staff support for students.
Jerusalem campus provides shared rooms with on-suite facilities, three meals a day, sports facilities, and outdoor green spaces.
Jerusalem neighborhood offers views of the old city and parts of Jerusalem.
Both campuses offer a comfortable living environment with various amenities for students.
Overview of Program Tracks and Opportunities
Participants have the option to choose from volunteering and internships, spending three and a half days per week in placements.
Approximately 700 individuals take part in the programs yearly, collaborating with various organizations.
The program strives to customize placements based on participants' preferences, like working with children in schools.
Participants can select their preferred track closer to the start date, with diverse opportunities available to cater to various interests and goals.
Opportunities for volunteering in Tel Aviv.
Volunteering options include working with elderly people, special needs individuals, community farms, SPCA, non-profit organizations like Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Prevention Center and LGBTQ organizations.
Participants can also engage in fundraising projects and events like the pride parade.
The program involves three and a half days a week dedicated to volunteering or internships.
Coordination meetings are held beforehand to determine goals and suitable placements.
Volunteer opportunities in Tel Aviv offer exploration of Israel, engagement with Israeli society, and participation in education classes.
Volunteers enhance their skills through informal education classes and improve communication with Hebrew language learning sessions.
Two main program options, Mendad and Marva, provide medical training and first aid courses.
Participants in these programs undergo intensive ten-day training followed by exams to become certified first aid responders.
Training and Shifts for Emergency Medical Technicians in Tel Aviv
EMTs undergo rigorous training and are assigned to Mend Dom stations after passing exams.
EMTs work four shifts a week, choosing between morning, afternoon/evening, and night shifts.
They respond to ambulance calls, supporting paramedics and assisting in emergencies like car crashes and medical crises.
EMTs face challenging and emotional situations, including witnessing death, but are prepared through year courses that emphasize mental and emotional resilience.
Challenges faced by year courses in the paramedic station.
Year courses must be prepared for emotional challenges and unpredictable shifts in the paramedic station.
Adaptability and awareness are key skills needed to handle the dynamic nature of the job.
Living on campus can lead to schedule misalignments when dealing with others.
An eight-week army simulation program is available to help year courses understand the Israeli Army system and the experiences of their Israeli peers.
Overview of IDF Program Structure
Participants spend alternating weekends in Tel Aviv, with 3-day and 11-day stays, followed by a 3-day weekend.
Initial weeks focus on Army discipline, with activities like standing in formation and following commands.
Subsequent themed weeks cover topics like Israeli history, security, camouflage, navigation, and sports.
Program aims to immerse participants in various aspects of military training and education.
Simulation of Israeli army experience through non-operable gun.
Program designed to provide understanding of army mindset.
Options available for both men and women, with themed programming on army and health topics.
Volunteer opportunities offered at end of semester.
Possibility of living on a Kibbutz in southern Israel for select participants.
Winter break options for year course participants.
Participants can explore Israel, visit family, or stay in Israel with no programming during winter break.
One-month semester after break includes mandatory activities.
Volunteering in the Army option involves helping with tasks on a base and receiving supplementary education.
Participants gain insight into military life while supporting the army.
Diverse experiences in an Israeli program.
Participants can support the IDF, experience Kibbutz life, desert hiking, and camping in Israel.
Educational seminars cover topics like the Israeli Arab Community and exploring Jerusalem.
The program provides opportunities to understand various aspects of Israeli culture and history.
Volunteer and Educational Opportunities Offered.
Trips to Rwanda and Cambodia are available for volunteering, while programs in Japan, Morocco, Portugal, and Dubai offer educational sightseeing.
The Rwanda trip involves supporting orphans of the Rwandan genocide at the Agaho Shalom Youth Village.
The Cambodia trip focuses on teaching English and immersing in the local culture.
Participants can expect a mix of volunteering, cultural exchange, and educational sightseeing during these experiences.
Overview of Educational Sightseeing Program in Israel
Participants can visit main sites related to Jewish community or Israel, with options for additional travel at extra cost.
Program includes a Jerusalem studies semester to train young people from youth movements worldwide.
Participants come from English-speaking countries in the southern hemisphere and other European countries.
A Spanish-speaking program also runs concurrently with around 150-200 participants from countries like Argentina and Mexico.
Overview of Program Offerings at Israel Studies Center
Core courses and electives are available to explore themes such as Israel, Zionism, Israeli society, and arts.
Hebrew language course provided as a supplement to language learning.
Focus on Jewish concepts with various elective options.
Leadership training included to equip participants with skills for future leadership roles in youth movements and communities, including communication and presentation skills.
Highlights of the Program for Students in Jerusalem
Students participate in deep dive electives exploring themes like the three monotheistic religions and the Holocaust.
They visit religious sites, meet community members, and take courses on Israel advocacy.
The program includes off-campus trips and movement days for engagement with various groups.
Overall, the program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of important themes in Jerusalem and Israel.
Educational program in Israel for young Jewish people focuses on informal education without homework or exams.
Teachers serve as mentors, covering important subjects for Jewish people.
Weeklong seminars cover topics from early Jewish history to the 20th century.
Seminars held in various locations provide hands-on learning experiences.
Program aims to immerse participants in Jewish history and culture while fostering community and exploration.
Highlights of Program Activities
Seminars focus on Israeli society and Poland's Jewish history and Holocaust.
Weekends feature one closed weekend every four weekends for group activities and bonding.
Shabbat-friendly programming designed to bring participants together.
Year courses offer diverse weekend activities outside of closed weekends.
Weekend program for participants in the program typically starts on Thursday evening and ends early Sunday morning.
Participants have opportunities to explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other parts of Israel.
Option for a more organized and closed Shabbat experience with Rabbi Adam J.
Special events like Tu bishvat and Yom Hazikaron included in the program.
Provides meaningful opportunities to learn about and commemorate Israeli culture and history.
Cultural celebrations and traditions in Israel.
Street parties and barbecues are common in Israel, along with different Jewish calendar events.
Young Israelis participate in a program involving volunteer work and activities like day trips, bow and arrow shooting, and milking cows.
The program allows young Israelis to live with peers their own age and engage in various experiences.
Safety and security are top priorities for the program.
Participants were relocated to a safer area due to rocket threats.
The program aims to provide a meaningful experience while ensuring participant safety.
If safety cannot be guaranteed, the program would be canceled.
Creating a safe and meaningful environment is the main focus of the program.
Success of Volunteer Program with Displaced Families
The program involved volunteering with displaced families, specifically focusing on agricultural work.
A curfew was implemented to ensure participants remained alert and refrained from consuming alcohol.
The high return rate of participants showcases trust in the program's safety and the meaningful programming offered during difficult times.
Costs and Scholarships for Program in Israel.
Early bird price for program is £22,999 and deadline extension being considered.
Regular program cost after deadline is £23,499.
Financial challenges highlighted, support from organizations like FS Y and friends of SED Y mentioned to help less privileged individuals participate.
Emphasis on program's expense and efforts to make it accessible to all regardless of financial means.
Financial support is available for individuals interested in long-term immersion programs in Israel.
Organizations like Masa and UJIA offer scholarships, need-based funding, and interest-free loans to cover program costs.
Synagogues, local councils, and trust funds may also provide grants for these trips.
Assistance is tailored on a case-by-case basis to ensure everyone can participate despite financial constraints.
Support is confidential and available to help navigate the financial aspects of program participation.