Yachad offers you the ultimate immersion experience in Israel, because Yachad gives you the chance to participate in Israeli mechina programs. You'll live, study, volunteer and explore Israel with Israeli peers your own age. With Yachad, you're not a tourist – you're a part of Israel in every way.
By living with Israelis, taking classes conducted entirely in Hebrew, and volunteering in the community surrounding your mechina, you'll learn Hebrew faster, and gain a deeper and fuller understanding of Israel and its people than is possible on any other gap-year program. Students in mechina programs form tight-knit, familial communities, creating life-long friendships with their fellow participants. The connections that you'll make as a Yachad participant won't disappear at the end of the year – your bonds with your Israeli friends will last you a lifetime.
Educational and Social Activity
All mechinot (tracks) are built on the foundation of intensive study in the topics of Jewish texts, thought and philosophy; Jewish identity; Zionist history and philosophy; Israeli society and culture; and more. In addition, mechinot place a strong emphasis on teaching leadership skills. The study programs aim to strengthen students connection to the Jewish people and the land of Israel, while preparing them to become the next generation of leaders around the Jewish world.
The mechinot are all certified by the Israeli Ministry of Education and are held to rigorous standards for quality of instructions, and employ highly trained and qualified teaching staffs who hold advanced academic degrees in their fields.
Studies are conducted in a variety of formats, from traditional lectures, to seminars, to small group studies, to lessons prepared and taught by the students themselves. Lessons are complemented by tours and encounters, through which students gain first-hand experience of the subjects that they deal with in the classroom. The approach to the topics varies between mechinot – from traditional, Orthodox Beit Midrash formats, to more secular approaches, and everything in-between.
The mechinot also involve volunteering and engagement with the surrounding community. Many projects include working in the formal education system, as well as after-school programs and work with disabled and elderly residents of the area. Additional projects may include building and maintaining nature trails, rehabilitating nature preserves, or doing one-time projects with the surrounding community.
The kinds of volunteering projects and the amount of time each week dedicated to volunteering vary between mechinot.