Service and Travel Opportunities
AJWS provides unique opportunities to learn, work, serve and travel abroad in Africa, Asia and the Americas. By partnering with grassroots community-based organizations, volunteers experience firsthand the power of local people effecting change.
AJWS volunteer service programs focus on building collaborative relationships between Jewish volunteers and NGOs in developing countries, either through individual or group service experiences. All AJWS volunteer service programs draw on Judaism’s religious and cultural traditions to provide guidance regarding the responsibility to pursue global justice. By integrating volunteer service with Jewish text study and dialogue about the Jewish values that inform this work, participants return committed and passionate about their role as global citizens in creating a more just world.
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Alternative Breaks are one-week to ten-day programs for college-aged students organized in collaboration with campus-based organizations. Participants explore the connections between social justice, service and Judaism through education and hands-on volunteer work.
Volunteer Corps places professional Jewish men and women on volunteer assignments with local NGOs in developing countries, where they provide skills training and general support for a minimum of two months. Volunteers range in age from young professionals to retirees.
Volunteer Summer is an intensive service-learning experience geared towards Jewish young adults, ages 16 to 24. The program includes a summer of hands-on volunteer work in the developing world, and a year of follow-up participation in domestic programming which includes advocacy work and retreats.
World Partners Fellowship is a 10-month-long international volunteer fellowship awarded to Jewish recent college graduates and young professionals. Fellows live in India, where they volunteer at a grassroots NGO and participate in a professional and leadership development program that includes an orientation, regional retreats, online education and a closing domestic conference.
The Rabbinical Student Delegation is an opportunity for future Rabbis, Jewish educators, and Jewish communal leaders currently enrolled in a graduate program to participate in an inspirational international service-learning experience. Designed to infuse American Jewish leadership with a dedication to global justice and tikkun olam, the program brings cross denominational groups to live and volunteer in a community in a developing country while delving in to the ethics and texts of our tradition on poverty and justice.
The Rabbinic Delegation is an opportunity for Rabbis to participate in an inspirational international service-learning experience with AJWS. Designed to infuse American Jewish leadership with a dedication to global justice and tikkun olam, the program brings cross denominational groups to live and volunteer in a community in a developing country while delving in to the ethics and texts of our tradition on poverty and justice.
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