Adina Sinasohn & Jamie Kerem-South Africa & United States

South Africa &United States

We came to Israel to experience all the amazing things we had heard about the land and its people. Living in a country where the social norm is to enter college right after high school, there was a lot of pressure to stay put in our lives back home. Thankfully we ignored all outside influences and embarked on the trip of a lifetime.

Coordinating with Maslul Ishi was a pleasant breeze, and before we knew it, we were studying Hebrew at Ulpan in the heart of Tel Aviv. While those 2 months studying and living in Tel Aviv were nothing short of amazing, our real Israeli experience came when Maslul Ishi sent us to a youth village for at risk children.

You tend to grow, change and learn a lot about yourself when you’re forced to communicate with people in a language and culture that’s not your own. Yet, while no one spoke English, the people living and working on the village with us were the kindest, most generous souls we’ve encountered.

We volunteered around the village, working in the greenhouse growing everything from peppers to olives, and in the kitchen making meals for 140 hungry children. We would then spend the rest of our day with the children and other staff, listening and learning the language (and boy did we learn a lot), and playing games with them.

Coming to Israel was the best thing we could have done for ourselves as individuals. We grew mentally to a great degree and learned the true meanings of responsibility, appreciation, and sharing. Most importantly, I don’t think any of it would have been possible without Maslul Ishi and its great madrichim (counselors).