Ulpan Orientation

In order to be an effective volunteer in Tel Aviv and in Israel you'll need to learn Hebrew. On Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, you will begin with an orientation period focused on Hebrew language study (called "Ulpan"), getting acclimated to Tel Aviv-Jaffa and touring volunteering places. You will study Hebrew with experienced, highly qualified Hebrew Ulpan teachers. Different class levels will be provided and all Hebrew levels are welcome - no previous knowledge of Hebrew is required. During this time, you will build a rudimentary base of Hebrew knowledge in order to get ready to begin volunteering.


In addition to Ulpan classes, you will take part in a variety of seminars and workshops in order to become acquainted with the issues facing those communities in which you will live during the main portion of the program. You will also tour various volunteering places to help decide where you might want to volunteer your time. At the end of the Ulpan Orientation, you will work together with Tikkun Olam staff to build an individualized volunteering schedule that will enable you to get the most out of your living and volunteering in Israel experience.


The fall semester orientation usually includes a lot of holidays and time off - for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. You'll have plenty of free time to travel around Israel and to enjoy this special time of year. On the holidays, you will have the option to visit your own family in Israel, celebrate with your fellow group members, or be placed with a host family for an authentic Israeli holiday experience!