Build Community. Create Change. The Grassroots Israel Experience.


Yahel Social Change Program is a unique 9-month service learning experience for young adults between the ages of 21 and 27. The program, taking place in Gedera and Rishon LeZion, Israel, combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion. Yahel participants explore Israel by living, learning and volunteering alongside their peers from the local Ethiopian Israeli community. Yahel and its participants make meaningful contributions to Israeli society by working in collaboration with Friends by Nature - an Israeli grassroots organization working in the Ethiopian community in the fields of community empowerment and education. 


Program Dates: October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015


We are excited to announce that the Yahel Social Change Program is expanding to a second city for the 2014-2015 program year! In addition to Gedera, there will be a group of volunteers in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon LeZion.

As a participant on this program you will have the unique opportunity to:


Live as part of the local Ethiopian Israeli community and experience the community's culture, tradition and way of life

  1. Volunteer with a grassroots organization to learn first hand about social change and community empowerment, and contribute in a sustainable manner to these efforts through direct service
  2. Grow professionally by teaching in the local schools, working with at-risk youth, working in community gardens and cultivating deep relationships with your peers and community members
  3. Explore the country and engage with Israeli social change initiatives through meetings with social entrepreneurs and policy makers
  4. Create and build a vibrant community that learns and works together, forming the basis for individual and mutual growth