The latest innovative program of the FSJU, Global Avenir [Global future], is a platform open to young francophones from the ages of 20 to 30 that desire to receive professional training from important Israeli NGO’s.
The FSJU is part of the OLAM network, which brings together Jewish NGO’s involved in humanitarian work and projects with a group of Israeli associations active in the domains of helping the handicapped, providing food aid and carrying out emergency action (natural disasters, war situations) in Africa, Israel and Asia. The FSJU decided to use this valuable expertise to the benefit of the francophones seeking training in this field.
Among them, Noémie, 24 years old, a young graduate of the Science Po university in Paris, is seeking professional training with high added value in Israel. “Sought and recruited by FSJU Israel, I had the great privilege of working in a department of Joint Israel. Without the guidance and support of FSJU Israel, I could have never entered this internationally well-known NGO.
Moreover, I was able to carry out a real mission in conducting a project aimed at raising funds for an important humanitarian project in Ethiopia. This is far different from the tales of invisible trainees being used to make photocopies and coffee. I have been able to form strong connections with the teams of the Joint, which will be extremely useful for my future,” says the young woman who, after this intensive and very validating training of four months, is doing an ulpan [Hebrew learning program] while putting her new contacts to use as she looks for new professional paths in the humanitarian sector.
“To be a humanitarian, in the concept of Global Avenir, is more than a passing interest. It is a long term commitment with real professions guided by a logic of respect of the country and its traditions as well as the Israeli cultural invention, the capacity to be efficient and innovative in managing emergencies,” explains Myriam Fedida, the director of FSJU Israel and linchpin of this program.
For Salomé, a graduate of IDC Herzliya in political science, the meeting with Global Avenir was a dream come true. “I was looking for an internship at an humanitarian organization after I graduated, not just a simple volunteer position. Thanks to the FSJU, I was able to receive proper training in the NGO African Refugees Development Center, which is involved with the economic integration and university entry of African refugees and asylum seekers through organizing various programs aimed at encouraging economic integration of refugees using courses in Hebrew and English, training in coding, etc.
As part of this framework, I took part in a program of College and Career Readiness (CCR) as well as created a program to link tutors and students using WhatsApp,” explains Salomé, who mentions that she has benefited from “personal guidance and immersion in the real-life conditions of work in a large Israeli NGO.”
These are highly positive results for Global Avenir, which will should also offer numerous opportunities for young francophones in 2020. We are looking to the next success stories!