1.It’s Okay To Not Have It All Figured Out
A huge part of signing up for this program is signing up for the unknown. This is genuinely a learning experience that you can’t fully prepare for. Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan but the new path is exactly what you need.
2. Change Is Good
Remember you don’t need to go down the same path as your friends at home, there’s nothing wrong with taking time to do something you’re passionate about. Whether it’s through school, volunteering or your free time, you’re going to meet so many new people. Go in open minded and ready to take in everything that will come your way.
3.Patience And Self-Recognition
Recognize that this is a big life change! It’s scary and not always easy but it’s filled with so much growth and new experiences. Be patient with yourself when you feel overwhelmed, homesick or unsure. Remember to enjoy the good moments!
4. You Really To Learn Hebrew And Arabic
You’re taking such a big step coming on this program and capable of so much. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, you’ll never know unless you try. This program is all about having fun and taking risks!
Moving away from home can be scary. It takes a particular person to leave what’s familiar and dive into a new setting. Don’t be afraid to grasp new opportunities and take advantage of BINA programming.
6. Ask For Help
We’re all human and need help sometimes. Don’t feel embarrassed or afraid to ask for help and support.
7. Enjoy local food
There are so many fun restaurants and local spots to try. It’s so fun exploring and finding your go-to places so don’t be afraid to try something new on the menu. Make sure to eat lots of malabi, hummus, and shawarma.
8. Take Advantage Of Your Free Time
Whether you’re treating this like a gap year or transitional period, take advantage of this opportunity to see this amazing country. Travel around, join a sports team, see live music, go to the beach! There is so much to see and do.
9. Stay In Contact
Don’t forget to keep in touch with people at home. It’s overwhelming to leave your comfort zone, but sometimes a quick call or text to friends or family back home can make you feel a whole lot better. Having said that, you’ll also meet so many amazing people here too! Your friends will become your chosen family.
10. And If You Love It…
Be prepared to not want to leave! If you’re thinking about staying, just start your aliyah process early, there’s no harm or long-term commitment in filling out some of the forms.
And most importantly have fun, learn, grow!
Your favorite Tel Aviv Fellows,
Marielle and Michaela
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//Marielle and Michaela