MTA (Midreshet Torah Va’Avodah) is an Israel year programme geared for participants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

We are proud to have partnered with four incredible institutions for the MTA programme: Midreshet AMIT, Midreshet Harova, Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Yeshivat Har Etzion. You will spend an entire year with them, immersing yourself in the Beit Midrash and soaking up Torat Eretz Yisrael.

At a glance

Duration: 12 months

January: Opening seminar

February: Yeshiva\ Midrasha

March: Zioism seminar with Seder night and Northern tiyul

April-June: Yeshiva\ Midrasha

June: Poland

July: Leadership seminar

August: Yeshiva\ Midrasha

September: Southern Hike

October: Hadracha Seminar

November: Yeshiva\ Midrasha

December: Closing seminar

MTA offers a year of intense study in top learning institutions all while remaining in the Bnei Akiva framework. With over 30 years of experience, MTA has produced generations of leadership for Bnei Akiva, and is the perfect way to build one’s future in Torah learning and Israel.

Outside of yeshiva and midrasha, you will travel the length and the breadth of Israel on seminars, Shabbatonim and tiyulim as well as experience kibbutz and go on a life-changing trip to Poland. From learning about Israeli society to volunteering where Israel needs

you most, MTA brings Torah study and a passion for Israel into one holistic programme.

Your year with MTA also places focus on leadership, and through volunteering, touring and learning from first-class educators, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to make a difference to the community.

You’ll be more independent than you’ve ever been in your life, yet you can relax knowing that your needs are being looked after.



Group Shabbatot
A few times during the year, MTA will reunite to spend Shabbat together. We choose the venues carefully so that you’ll enjoy Shabbat against a backdrop of some of Israel’s most beautiful settings. You’ll sing, share Divrei Torah, and enjoy meals together – all while seeing much more of Israel.

Shabbat Irgun
Shabbat Irgun in Israel is the culmination of a month of celebrations, which includes a special ceremony at which the newest shevet name is revealed. Shabbat Ha’irgun is the highlight of the year for members of Bnei Akiva in Israel – and you’ll be joining one of the local branches of BA to share in the celebrations, and getting to know your Israeli counterparts.

Shabbat Hachshara
MTA will join together with the rest of World Bnei Akiva’s many Hachshara programmes from all over the world to enjoy Shabbat with an international flavor. There will be around 200 people from every continent, and while you might not all speak the same language, you ’ll all have one thing in common – you are all part of Bnei Akiv

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Journey to Poland

MTA participants have the special opportunity to visit Poland as part of their year with World Bnei Akiva: Hachshara. Starting and ending in Israel, the trip focuses on the experiences of Polish Jewry throughout its history. You’ll explore the immense and beautiful Jewry of pre-war Poland, dating back 800 years, and you’ll 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 so that the experience is a meaningful one.

Shoah Seminar
Before and after the MTA Journey to Poland, you will explore different issues related to the Shoah, including the relationship with the foundation of Israel, how survivors were treated in Israel, the partisan forces, the role of the Zionist youth movements during the time of the Shoah, and more. You will hear survivor testimonies and visit some of Israel’s main Holocaust museums, including Yad Vashem. This seminar frames the experiences you will receive on our Journey to Poland.

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Meet The Team

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Director, MTA and Torani



  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 www.masaisrael.org  |  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.

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