Many young people come to Israel with perceptions and expectations which don’t align with the reality on the ground. The purpose of Ach Gadol’s activities is to make information accessible to individual soldiers and to instill a realistic approach to IDF service: to set goals, familiarize them with the bureaucracy inherent in the military and civilian systems, share information about the rights of lone soldiers, and teach tools for coping with their upcoming military service as lone soldiers.
The organization’s pre-army preparation includes workshops and seminars throughout the country in 5 different languages, reaching over 500 lone soldiers annually prior to their draft.
"French lone soldiers start their journey"
Ach Gadol House
A home for 14 pre-draft lone soldiers which allows them to work at the Dan and Isrotel hotels.
Ach L’Safa – “Mobilizing” for Hebrew Study
A 3-month, pre-army preparatory program. The main thrust of this program involves intensive study of the Hebrew language, a preparatory program for joining the IDF that includes tours and lectures about Israeli society, and the opportunity to work and live in Tel Aviv. The Hebrew level of the students improves during the program, enabling them to skip the Hebrew course at the Michveh Alon base and to reach their potential as soldiers in the IDF.
Tzahal (IDF) Connection – Making It Easier for French Speakers to Join the Army
This project provides an initial resource for French speakers who are interested in making Aliyah. The project includes pre-army preparation workshops as part of the absorption activities of the Machal and Masa Israel Journey programs; a trek for about 300 participants each year; and mentoring in order to ensure a smoother and more successful experience in the IDF.
Selah’s Livnot U’Lehibanot (“To Build and to be Built”): Pre-Army Preparatory Programs for Russian Speakers
Pre-Army preparatory programs in Nitsana and Karmiel, which aim to provide optimal preparation for about 250 participants annually who are preparing to join the IDF as lone soldiers. A team of Ach Gadol counselors, themselves graduates of the program, run a variety of programs that give participants the tools to be independent, find work, and deal with the challenges that can arise after the absorption program finishes.
Ulpan on Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael – Pre-Army Preparatory Program for Spanish and English Speakers
A pre-army, preparatory course on Kibbutz Maagan Michael, which aims to provide optimal preparation for about 60 participants who plan to join the IDF as lone soldiers. A team of Ach Gadol counselors, themselves graduates of the program, run a variety of programs that give participants the tools to be independent, find work, and deal with the challenges that can arise after the absorption program finishes.
Naale for the IDF – A Pre-Army Preparatory Program for 12th Grade Students
Pre-army preparatory workshops for 12th grade students, participants in the Naale program, are run in the Naale schools around the country in order to prepare the students for their exciting next step after graduation.
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