"I moved from the suburbs of New York City to Manhattan two years ago to experience culture, new ideas, and new people. However, it wasn't until I came to Israel that I feel I really discovered myself. I met amazing lifetime friends, the RLI staff was fantastic and so helpful, and finally, for the first time in my life, felt home. My RLI experience started September 2013 and almost a year and a half later I am still here in Israel."
The few extraordinary months that I lived in Israel with RLI, I lived, traveled, and worked with an eclectic mix of people from around the world, many of whom I'm in touch with to this day. For me Israel was a transformative experience - not only spiritually and culturally, of course, but also socially and at a personal level. Somehow Israel feels not like a second home, but like your only real home. It's the only place in the world where everybody else is just like you: multicultural, adventurous, intellectually curious, and inquisitive.
I'm 23 currently doing a masters in global studies (political science). I have been in the summer program doing an internship at Media Central in Jerusalem. It was an amazing experience - both the job and the people i met through the program. My supervisor wrote me a great recommendation letter which will be very useful. RLIgave me a good opportunity to have work experience in the field I'm interested in and also to live in Israel day by day like a real Israeli!"
I'm currently in graduate school at Georgetown University. When I look back at the past 6 months I spent in Israel I continue to be amazed at just how enriching it was. It's taken me until now to realize just how much experience I earned, the magnitude of the culture, people, and politics I was exposed to during - what feels like, a very short time there.
Real Life Israel 5 month program participants
are eligible for the Masa Israel Journey automatic grant.
If you are from North America and between the ages
of 21 and 30, you are eligible for a $3,000 Masa
scholarship. Needs based scholarships of an additional $1,500 are also available.
All other parts of the world, can apply for up to
$4,500 in scholarships plus needs based funds as well.