I made Aliyah in 2004, served in the IDF (dover zahal), then returned to the states last summer to do my post-bacc (so I am currently finishing up my first year). I plan to apply to all 3 Israeli programs next year (although I am leaning towards the Technion since I am most interested in cognitive neuroscience, and I understand the Technion is better for research-heavy disciplines).
For those of you who have graduated or are currently in an Israeli program:
Will my Aliyah status/IDF service help or hurt?
Also, what kinds of volunteering were you into?
I am currently involved in a CCE (clinical volunteer) program at a local hospital, and I will be joining Americorps in the fall as a mentor and volunteering in a lab at my school (Cal State Fullerton) as well.
But basically I am wondering if there are any Israel-oriented volunteer opportunities out there, I have scoured the web and not found any of interest in southern California.
Thanks in advance.