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To Train American Youth Volunteers for Work in Israel Settlements

An agricultural work-study project to assist American youth who volunteer for a year’s work at pioneer settlements in Israel was announced here today. It has been established with the cooperation of the American Zionist Council and the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

The purpose of the project is to lessen the work-load in many new settlements where additional manpower is temporarily required, to raise morale and widen the cultural experience of new immigrant settlers by bringing them into contact with young Americans, and to provide young Americans with the practical and educational experience offered by working on Israel’s farmlands.

The project is open to American young men and women, 18 to 27. Volunteers who are selected and remain in Israel for a minimum of one year will have their roundtrip transportation paid by the project. They will also receive room and board, a fell set of work clothes, medical care, postage expenses, the social insurance that prevails for all Israeli workers, and pocket money in the amount of 5 Israel pounds per month. Groups will be assigned to settlements by the project representatives in Jerusalem. Orthodox volunteers will be assigned to religious settlements only. All participants will be given a two-week orientation period in Jerusalem. The project allows time for Hebrew language studies and sightseeing trips.

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