Why did you decide to volunteer in Israel with OTZMA?
Max: I was working right out of college and never had the chance to travel for an extended time and only had little glimpses into places around the world from week long vacations on resorts. I wanted to really experience a new culture, language, and meet new people. I felt that at the age of 24, this would be a perfect time to do something like this before I got too old. I knew that if I kept on working, I would become entrenched in my job and wouldnt be able to take a year off and see the world.
What made this experience unique and special?
Max: Otzma was a perfect fit for me because you have your independance, while still working in teams and living closely to people on your program. There is also something for everyone on the program. Everyone was able to find something that interested them and challenged them. The program is also split up into different parts, so you you gain different perspectives throught the time living in incredibly different areas. I also got to learn a lot about my backround of being Jewish.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Max: Otzma helped me learn about my Jewish backround and helped me find out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I had so many things going on in my life and when I left for a year to Israel, I was able to focus and realize what I want to accomplish with my life. I also have gained many amazing connections and networks in Boston and Israel. I also volunteer for a Jewish organization in Boston, where I help with audio/visuals and other tasks. Overall, Otzma was one of the most fufilling and rewarding decisions of my life.