Applications for the 2017-2018 Madrichim In Training program are now CLOSED. They will re-open in spring/summer 2018
We also encourage you to be in touch with your local Community Professional to learn more about this program and about other opportunities for involvement!
Want to staff a Birthright Israel trip with Canada Israel Experience (CIE)?
If you are interested in applying to the Canada Israel Experience Madrichim in Training Program, please read the FAQ below to learn more about the program.
How old do I have to be?
Depending on your home community, the minimum age requirement ranges between 21 and 23 years old. Get in touch with your local Israel Experience professional for more information.
Do I have to live in Canada?
You must be a permanent resident of Canada so that you can participate in all pre and post trip activities in your community.
Do I need to have gone to Israel before?
You must have been to Israel at least once before (not necessarily on a Birthright Israel trip) in order to apply; the more Israel experiences you have under your belt, the better!
How much do I need to know about Judaism?
Madrichim (staff/leaders) are expected to have a basic understanding of Jewish terms, traditions, and history. This knowledge can come from either formal (i.e. day school, courses) or informal (camp, Israel trips) experiences. An eagerness to learn and explore is greatly valued.
Do I need to speak Hebrew?
While knowledge of Hebrew is an asset, it is not required.
What are other skills/experience are important to my application?
We look for candidates who have experience in leading projects with their peers and who demonstrate involvement in the Jewish or general community. Madrichim candidates are expected to be able to develop and facilitate programs for their participants. Creativity, maturity, flexibility, passion, enthusiasm and organizational skills are all important aspects of being a madrich/a.
What is the application process?
The application process is divided of three stages:
- Online application: all applicants must submit a personal photo (sized 2×3 photo), a personal video (max 60 seconds), resume and a completed application in order to be considered.
- Interview: applicants will be interviewed through the summer months. Where possible, applicants will have an in-person interview. If this is not feasible, a phone/skype interview may be arranged.
- Applicants will be notified regarding their status in the program by the beginning of August 2017.
- Mandatory Training Retreat: approximately 90 applicants from across Canada will be invited to attend an intensive, four-day seminar in the Laurentian Mountains (October 19-22, 2017)). This weekend will determine your final acceptance into the program.
If I am accepted to the Madrichim in Training (MIT) program, what kind of time commitment is involved during the year?
- The Madrichim Training program is a comprehensive leadership development program that requires a minimum 18 month commitment.
- By joining the team, you are committing to attending additional supplementary sessions designed to enhance your skills. The number and frequency of these sessions depend on your local community.
- You will be asked to assist the marketing and registration teams in promoting and organizing, and recruiting participants for the trips. This could involve helping to poster, recruiting on campus, conducting participant interviews, entering data, etc.
- Madrichim are expected to be active members of their local Jewish community. Different communities have different expectations as to what this involves. Please get in touch with your local Israel Experience professional to find out more.
- Once you have led a trip, you are also expected to help your participants connect with their local communities. This can be done through a variety of ways and will be facilitated through your local post programming team or Israel Experience professional.
If I am chosen to join the Madrichim team, am I guaranteed to staff a trip?
Staff are determined based on availability, participant geography (i.e. Montreal staff will staff a bus of Montreal participants) and community involvement. While we try our best to staff eligible madrichim within one year, some times this is not possible due to timing or low enrollment.
**Please note that CIE reserves the right to revoke madrichim status at any point based on inappropriate behaviour or insufficient commitment to the program.**
How far in advance will I be notified about leading a trip?
Trip dates are confirmed six to eight weeks prior to departure. We try to notify madrichim as soon as possible so that they can prepare appropriately.
When and where can I apply?
You can apply online in spring/summer 2018 when we open the applications. We interview applicants on a rolling basis throughout the summer, so we suggest you apply asap for your best chance to be interviewed. We can close the application at any point during the summer if we feel we have enough applicants.