A major goal of Israel Connect is to involve Israeli high school students and Jewish adults who are interested in developing a mutual year-long friendship.
Both the student and the volunteer receive the weekly lesson ahead of time. The lesson focuses on spoken English and the volunteer helps with pronunciation and grammar exceptions. Such nuances are not as easily absorbed from textbooks, but are an integral part of the learning in this volunteer partnership.
Students not only get to practice speaking English, but they also benefit from dialoguing with adults about places, sites, history, and ideas that are important in their lives. The learning is as fun as it is meaningful.