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Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life works to build an active Jewish community around the world. With programs in South America, Europe, Israel, and Australia, Hillel's goal is to create a strong network of community centers for students. These community-based centers Hillel's volunteers to learn about Jewish life first-hand.

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m.ruttenberg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The ASB Hillel trip to Argentina this past spring break was the trip of a lifetime. I decided to join the trip at the last minute and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did we, as a group, leave an impact on the Argentine community, but every single member of my group left an ever-lasting impact on me. From working together at Yeladainu with underprivledged children to staying up all night together reflecting on our day, I made some amazing friends that I will stay close with for my entire life. Although the trip was not very organized, our group leaders made the most out of the tough situations and always pulled through with an alternative activity to do just in case the first one didn't work out. Our tour guide was also an amazing young woman and became a very close friend of mine in the eight days I knew her. I can honestly say that my trip to Argentina was unlike any trip I have ever experienced.

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michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

i love doing community service and argentina is beautiful been there before the trip i went on, as always every time you vista a country there are different things to see and you meet different people. i enjoyed doing it with student from my university. over i loved it

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argentina2012
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The overall experience was amazing! Not only did we get to help out the community in different aspects for example a food bank, medicine bank and foster care but we had the opportunity to see a new country. Going to the Hillel of Argentina allowed us to form connections with community members and learn about life in Argentina as a young adult. The mixture of community service and sight seeing was a rewarding and fun filled! The only down fall was the organization of the trip for example not having a plan B if plan A did not work out!

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RobynUMHillel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Hillel ASB Argentina program was an amazing opportunity to do community service, explore the sights of Buenos Aires and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be connected to our global Jewish family. It is significant to learn about our Jewish valules and traditions and to give context and meaning to the tzedek work, of doing community service in another part of the world. Highly recommneded!!

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Maggie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The trip was a very eye-opening experience. We worked in the impoverished areas of Buenos Aires and saw what real poverty is. We worked with the orphanage Ieladeinu and played with children who live in households where they are neglected or abused. It was very sad, but at least we had the chance to brighten up their days! We also worked with the organization Tzedakah and worked in a medicine bank. We had the opportunity to meet many people from the community, which was a great highlight.Although we did see the rich and touristy neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, we experienced the city in a real way, getting to see both the good and bad parts. My favorite part of the city was La Boca, which is known for its buildings' bright colors! The city never felt safe and I even got fake money from an ATM, so I am glad I was with a group because I would never travel to the city on my own. Our guide was also a local Argentinian so she was able to tell us what real life in Buenos Aires was like. We also had some fun on the trip. One of my favorite nights, we had tango lessons, a 3-course meal, and then were able to watch a tango show! It was extremely fun!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Gabrielle Brooks

Gabrielle Brooks volunteered in Argentina from March 10-19, 2012. She lives in Miami, FL and is from Dix Hills, NY.
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Gabrielle Brooks volunteered in Argentina from March 10-19, 2012. She lives in Miami, FL and is from Dix Hills, NY.

Why did you decide to volunteer with Hillel in Argentina?

I choose to participate in the Alternative Spring Break trip to Argentina with Hillel because recently I've become very involved at the Hillel on my campus and I thought it would be a great way to connect with other students involved. Also I thought it would be a really great opportunity to do something different than the typical spring break vacation and actually do something more valuable with my time.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

We would start each day by learning about a specific Jewish value and discuss its importance during breakfast. We would then go to our assigned community service work for the day (Ieladeinu, food bank, medicine bank). As a group we would break for lunch then continue working. After returning to our hotel we would go to the Hillel in Buenos Aires and eat dinner with other students our age that are a part of the Jewish community.

What made this volunteer experience unique and special?

This trip was most certainly different than any other trip I have done before. It was really amazing that we were able to see how much we had helped (at the food bank we taped and packaged over 400 boxes with supplies). It was also very special that we were able to instantly connect with the children when helping at Ieladeinu regardless of the language barrier.

How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?

This trip has definitely made me realize that if you have the opportunity to go on a community service trip you must jump at the chance because it is so much more rewarding and valuable than any typical vacation you can go on.