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The Mechina Olamit is a challenging, intensive, and highly rewarding leadership program in Israel that develops skills for life.


Operating in a religious Zionist, co-ed environment, Jewish high school graduates from around the world join with their Israeli counterparts for a truly transformative year in Israel. Guided by a strong team of dedicated staff, participants experience an incredible process of learning, self-empowerment, and growth, preparing them for the army, university and leadership roles in their communal and professional lives well into the future. 


Application Deadlines are in line with the Joint Yeshiva & Seminary application.

 - Girl’s Deadline is December 1st 2022

 - Boy’s Deadline is January 15th 2023

We will continue to accept applications past

the deadline but won’t be able to guarantee places on the program.

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At a glance

Duration: 6-9 months

August: Pre-Mechina days

September-November: First semester - Mechina in English.

December-February: Second semester - Mechina in Hebrew.

March-June: Third semester - Garin

The “Mechina” formula is a real Israeli success story. Each year tens of thousands of young Israelis join one of hundreds of Mechinot in the country to prepare for the challenges of transitioning from school into the IDF. Many of them go on to leadership roles both within and after the army.  Our Mechina Olamit program applies this same successful formula for young Jews from the around the world as they transition to university, community leadership roles, and their professional lives in the future. 


Living in Migdal Oz, just 30 min from Jerusalem, and learning with Israelis on the program, our participants will immerse themselves in experiential Torah learning‭, ‬deepening knowledge of Jewish Peoplehood‭, ‬community involvement‭, ‬leadership‭, ‬Hasbara‭, ‬discovering Israel‭, ‬fitness‭, ‬navigation skills‭, ‬training‭, ‬and more‭! ‬Throughout the program‭, ‬participants build friendships and connections with Jews from around the world‭, ‬that last for life‭!‬


Designed for post-high school (gap year) students, current college students, and working young men and women ages 17-21, World Bnei Akiva, in partnership with Kol Ami, brings together a diverse group of students from around the world for a wide range of program components as part of the full 6 month program, as well as the optional Garin part of the program which extends and additional 3 months and includes your choice of Magen David Adom, Beit Midrash or an Internship, and optional Israeli university prep course, and a trip to Poland.


The Garin


The final 3 months of the program, known as the “Garin”, is for the overseas participants only as the Israelis leave to draft to the IDF. After intensive programming throughout the core of the Mechina, the Garin offers participants the opportunity to now live more independently, and focus on an experiential track of interest that they choose. Living together on the Mechina campus, participants will spend 3 days of each week in one of three tracks. The remaining 2 weekdays and weekends incorporate programming at the campus including sports, classes, seminars, field trips and more. Overseas participants who are considering leaving together with Israelis after 6 months should enquire during registration.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN TRACK; read more >>>

JOURNEY TO PLAND; read more >>>>>>

Journey to Poland


A highlight of the Garin is the journey to Poland. In preparation for this journey a special seminar exposes participants to different issues related to the Shoah, including pre-war European Jewry, the partisan forces, the relationship with the foundation of Israel, the role of the Zionist youth movements during this period, and how survivors were treated in Israel after the war. Visits to Israel’s Holocaust museums, and survivor testimonials help to frame the experiences to come on the Journey to Poland.


Starting and ending in Israel, the trip focuses on the experiences of Polish Jewry throughout its history. We explore the immense and beautiful Jewry of pre-war Poland, dating back 800 years, and examine the years of the Holocaust by visiting Jewish ghettos, death and labour camps, and other significant sites. The trip is prepared meticulously by our educational team to ensure a most powerful and meaningful experience.

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Meet The Team

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Arik Speaker

Reut Augenbraun


Head, Mechina Olamit

Director, Mechina Olamit

Director, Hachshara Department