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Tikkum Olam: Rwanda

Live, learn, and volunteer at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda!

Agahozo Shalom was founded by Year Course alumna Anne Heyman z”l in order to provide 500 Rwandan orphans and youth-at-risk a home and education. Anne believed in the power of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and aimed to replicate Israel’s successful system of youth villages for orphans in Rwanda.


As part of Tikkun Olam Rwanda you will delve deeply into Rwanda’s complex history of genocide and repair, learn about its rich culture and study Jewish texts related to activism and social justice during intense preparatory sessions in Israel throughout the year. While in Rwanda, you will continue to study these topics through learning sessions and hands-on experiences throughout the country.


Before embarking on your trip, you and your peers will raise funds for the village by leading fundraising events and inviting your family and friends to contribute to the cause. Once you arrive in Rwanda, you will volunteer at the village farm and kitchen, tutor students in English, lead workshops and assist in after school activities such as art, music, dance, photography, sports and more. You and your peers will also work on a large hands-on project for the village such as a mural or garden throughout your stay.


You will visit the country’s most beautiful and significant sights: the Akagera National Park where will you will have the chance to see giraffes, Zebras, hippos and more; Lake Kivu where you will hike in Rwanda’s famous green hills, swim in the clear lake and learn about the local fishing community; Kigali where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Museum and learn about this painful event in Rwanda’s history and local markets where you will have the opportunity to study Rwandan crafts and fabrics and taste local tropical fruits. Want to learn more? Check out this blog post, written by Tikkun Olam: Rwanda participants!

*Additional vaccines are required for the Tikkun Olam: Rwanda trip.


“Tikkun Olam- Rwanda” is a unique track, in which we go on a 3-week service-learning trip to Agahozo Shalom youth village in Rwanda. Throughout the year the participants of this track will partake in workshops preparing them for the trip, where we will touch on many aspects of global awareness and social activism.

Agahozo Shalom was founded in 2007 by year course alumni Anne Heyman who sadly passed away in 2014. The village was modeled after the Israeli youth village Yemin-Orde, and was built in an effort to respond to the overwhelming number of orphans living in Rwanda as a result of the 1994

Rwandan Genocide, and its further repercussions. Leading up to our time in Rwanda we will meet twice a month to learn about international development, global awareness, activism, and sustainability. Throughout these sessions we will be drawing connections to the concept of “Tikkun Olam”, the Holocaust, and the resulting connection between Rwanda and Israel. We will discuss and learn about the Rwandan Genocide in depth, as well as elaborate on Rwandan culture, history and traditions. The highlight of the track is our trip to Agahozo Shalom, were we will be learning and living as part of the youth village in an incredible cultural exchange. The aspirations, dedication and love of Agahozo’s students, along with the incredible sights of the land of a thousand hills will make it an inspirational experience and a once in a lifetime adventure.


Tikkum Olam: India

Young Judaea has always taken Tikkun Olam as an important value and are now expanding our help to India. For two weeks we are working with the Gabriel Project Mumbai, a Jewish organization in the slums of Mumbai. Participants will have sessions in global poverty, Jewish perspectives of development, international development theory, Indian culture, spoken Hindi classes and connect with the Jewish community all the while spending 5 full days of teaching the children in the slums English. Participants will be exposed to GPMs work in healthcare, education, women’s empowerment projects, nutrition, safe drinking water facilities and other development initiatives run by GPM.


Participants will also have the opportunity to explore and connect with the Jewish communities within Mumbai as well as visit many of the iconic sites including Banganga tank, ISKON Temple, the Gandhi Museum, and more! This trip will offer the opportunity for participants to give back to a less fortunate community while immersing themselves in the beautiful Indian culture.

*Please note that additional vaccines may be required

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