Ayalim students help strengthen Israel's periphery
"This work means doing ten things at once - studying, organizing programs, going to activities, thinking about the next event, and at the end of the day inviting friends from over for dinner," says Chen, a student volunteer with Ayalim - a pioneering program designed to strengthen the peripheral areas of the Negev and the Galilee.
 
"It entails a lot of sacrifice - hours of sleep, free time, study time," adds the young women, who works works with vulnerable populations in the town of Kiryat Shemona on Israel's northern border, "but mostly it is gaining – an active and meaningful community life, close friends who are a support system and of course a lot of fun and experiences that remind me every day why choosing Ayalim is the right choice." 
 

 

  • Ayalim was established as part of a national strategy to settle the Negev and the Galilee. In return for housing and academic scholarships, each student volunteers 500 hours of community service a year, working with children, youth, new immigrants, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations.  Read more