British Bnei Akiva gap year students are to be offered the opportunity to work with Jewish communities in Brazil for the first time.
BA’s Hachshara programme, which prepares students for leadership roles, plans to send trainees to help run youth activities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Around 30 participants are expected to spend a fortnight in Brazil, probably at the end of next year’s programme in June 2011.
There are around 96,000 Jews in the South American country.
Jonny Lipczer, programme co-ordinator, said: “The participants will find out about different Jewish cultures on the other side of the world and they’ll see another exciting side to the global family of BA. It will be an eye-opening conclusion to a spectacular year.”
The Hachshara course is based in Israel and includes time spent learning at a yeshivah or seminary, volunteering and experiencing life in the Israeli army.