PRAS Programme for Clients

Telfed’s PRAS scholarship programme reflects Telfed’s raison d’etre as a klita organisation: our volunteering programme was created to assist new olim with their klita (absorption) and integration in Israel. PRAS serves the Olim community – with a particular focus on Olim from Southern African countries*.  The concept is simple and the outcomes are inspiring. 

Student volunteers are carefully designated, according to location, client needs and student preferences. The selected students receive a scholarship from Telfed in appreciation of their contribution to the Olim community.  Students are required to complete a set number of volunteering hours for the duration of their academic year (from November to June). 

Clients may apply for assistance from student volunteers who will:

  • Offer support to new Olim as they settle in Israel, encouraging them to improve their Hebrew language skills.
  • Become a “big brother/sister”,  bearing in mind that many of our new Olim have left family and friends and are beginning a new chapter in their lives. 
  • Assist Southern African Olim with special needs.
  • Accompany and assist elderly Southern African Olim. 

Please note:  PRAS students volunteer to assist in matters relating to Aliyah and klita.  This typically takes the form of being a big brother/sister to children, or a companion for elderly or special needs individuals.  PRAS students cannot take the place of tutors, babysitters, therapists, or any other professional.  

If you require the services of a tutor for school homework, a babysitter, or any other professional, please arrange this separately from the PRAS programme.


*Southern African countries: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia).