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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. 

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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.

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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


Reut Augenbraun

Director, Mechina Olamit

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Arik Speaker

Head, Mechina Olamit



Director, Hachshara Department



  1. Click below on the APPLY HERE button  |  Once you have begun the application process, you can sign back in as many times as you like to continue the application.

  2. Register with MASA at  |  Masa is a project of the Israeli government that offers Hachshara participants an automatic grant, with further needs based funding available.


How much does the Mechina Olamit cost‭?‬

The 2022 price for the full 9 months (Mechina and Garin) is 63,000 NIS. For those who only do the 6 months Mechina its 45,000 NIS. ‬The cost will cover tuition‭, ‬seminars‭, ‬tiyulim‭, ‬accommodation‭, ‬special Shabbatot‭, ‬group transportation‭, ‬staff and medical insurance‭.‬


Not covered are the costs of optical care and treatment of prior dental problems‭, ‬medical care relating to pre-existing conditions‭, ‬hepatitis and MMR vaccinations‭ (‬required by MDA volunteers‭) ‬and laundry for certain parts of the year‭. ‬In addition‭, ‬you may‭ ‬be required to purchase your own books and learning materials for the study periods‭.‬


How will I know if I have been accepted‭?‬

After we receive and review your application‭, ‬you’ll be invited for an interview‭. ‬Your interview allows us to get to know you a bit better and assess your suitability for the program‭. ‬It will also give you the opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have‭.‬


Shortly after the interview‭, ‬you’ll be informed of your acceptance‭. ‬Your place will be confirmed only after the payment plan has been agreed‭.‬

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Orly, Canada

Mechina has so much diversity with Chanichim from all over the world, has various amazing classes regarding leadership, Torah and Israel, all while ensuring that each Chanich implements positive change within themselves.


Liam, USA

Mechina overall has been an experience of a life time where I made friends from all of the world that I’ll have forever, and overall prepared me for my future in the army. Some of the highlights from Mechina were tzhal week and navigation week.


Noa, Italy

Mechina helped me strengthen my connections with the Israeli land, the Israeli culture and the Israeli people and I will truly never forget the valuable lessons I learnt and the many experiences I was lucky to have.