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OTZMA - It's your life. Use it well.
OTZMA is the PREMIER ten-month-long, high-quality fellowship for college graduates, aged 20-26, which combines volunteering, leadership development training and internships in locations throughout Israel.
DEVELOP yourself as a future LEADER in your field, community and society with cutting edge leadership training seminars. Make a real DIFFERENCE to Israel through meaningful service and volunteering opportunities. EXPLORE the beauty and excitement of Israel- hands on!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL, PLEASE BE IN TOUCH AT 1-877-GO-OTZMA or email OTZMA@ISRAELEXPERIENCE.ORG.IL
Interview with Sandy Schlenoff, North American Director OTZMA
GO: Tell us a little about OTZMA and your role at the company.
Sandy: OTZMA is a 5 or 10 month program that offers an unparalleled immersive experience by providing volunteer, community service and professional internships opportunities for each participant in 3 different communities across Israel. Backed by 26 years of success, the varied living experiences, top-notch and engaging educational program and exclusive Israeli adoptive family initiative provide an unbeatable opportunity for young adults to experience Israel, make an impact and reap the personal and professional benefits. My position at OTZMA is the North American Director, and I'm based in New York City.
GO: How did you get involved in the volunteer industry?
Sandy: I can't remember a time when I didn't want to work in social services. I was a participant on OTZMA after I graduated college, received my masters in Non-Profit Management and have been working in the field ever since.
GO: What do you look for in a volunteer?
Sandy: OTZMA looks for volunteers who are independent and self-motivated. Volunteers who are committed to Israel and giving back to the community in a meaningful and impactful way.
GO: How do you ensure your programs are sustainable and mutually beneficial for you, the community, and the volunteers?
Sandy: OTZMA works directly with local professionals in all of our volunteer locations and have had relationships with these communities for over 25 years. We work with these professionals to ensure that our volunteers are using their skills and talents to meet a real and authentic need in the community.
GO: What makes OTZMA unique?
Sandy: OTZMA has unparalleled experience in volunteer programming in Israel. For over 25 years, we have been the premier post-college program for young Jewish adults looking to explore their Jewish identity through service and education in Israel. We have an amazing educational program that gives participants the 'real' Israel - not as a tourist or a visitor, but as a member of the community.