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).