About Tzofim Shnat Sherut
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The Tzofim Movement in Israel sends about 400 high school alumni to participate in one year of community service every year.
There are numerous groups and tracks that accommodate the participants and each group has its own goals and visions in order to accomplish this. All the groups deal with educational missions relevant for teens in the communities and in the scout chapters where they are located. The Israeli Scouts in the United States (the Tzabar chapters) takes a key role in this program.
Shnat Sherut Goals:
- The participants will strengthen their Jewish-Israeli identity by living in Israel and doing meaningful volunteering.
- The participants will strengthen and build their own perspective of world values.
- The participants will build their social skills by living in an Israeli communal lifestyle that is a part of the Israeli Tzofim movement, the largest youth movement in Israel.
Tzofim Shnat Sherut is a volunteering gap yera program that consists of one year of working in a development town or boarding school in Israel. The participants join the original program of the Tzofim Movement in Israel and together with Israeli Tzofim alumni they enjoy an amazing experience where they live in Israel, volunteer in the Israeli society, expand their leadership qualities, and strengthen their connection to Israel.
The volunteering work consists of:
*Working in a local community center
*Working in the local Tzofim chapter
*After school activities
*Building a close connection with the local youth
*Integrating with the local staff and volunteering as a social counselor (in boarding school only)
The participants of Tzofim Shnat Sherut live as a group in communes with the rest of the Tzofim Shnat Sherut from Israel. Together, they have a strong connection with the division that runs the program in Israel who will be there to help and assist participants with whatever they will need.
A participant form North America that would like to join the program will need to attend pre-preparation seminars in the United States. The main goal of the seminars is to give the necessary information, to meet new friends who are also interested in the program while discussing and getting to know the Israeli society, and to give the organizers opportunity to screen out participants that will not be suitable for the program.