Program Overview:
The Global Voices Institute brings together young American, Israeli, and Palestinian teens for a powerful experience of volunteering and peacebuilding. The program is designed to activate and develop in participants a commitment to serving humanity through connecting with local refugee communities and service providers in New Haven. Teens explore the connections between service, peace, and religious practice. Service-Learning participants engage in intensive, hands-on service projects, speech writing, faith-based exchanges, dialogue sessions on the basic dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and field trips to arts and diplomacy sites in New York City and Connecticut.    
Participants spend their time volunteering with IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), helping assist the agency with moving newly arrived families into their homes, processing donations, teaching English lessons, and mentoring youth. Participants engage with Yale University student leaders, meet with diplomats at the United Nations Headquarters, and tour the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with youth interns from our partner Voices of 9/11.

Program Locations and Dates:


The program is held at the Eastern Medditerranian International School in Ramat Hasharon, Israel and is conducted in a rural-urban environment.


Global Voices Institute for 15-16 year olds, Ramat Hasharon, Israel  

Summer 2022 dates coming soon!

For more information on how to apply to the Global Voices Institute, please visit the Apply page of our website. If you have any questions about this program, please write us an email at
Program Photos:
Graduation Day!
Touring the UNHQ in NYC
Delivering a speech
Mosque visit and talk with Imam
Summer friends!
Speech Writing Project
Jewish, Christian, and Muslim friendship
Service-project at IRIS
Painting for Peace project
Torah scroll reading on service
Helping IRIS clients read English
Touring Yale University
Giving speeches on service
Meeting US Sen. Blumenthal
Speech-writing project
Friday Prayers
Historical timelines
Mentoring IRIS youth
Art projects
IRIS service-project
Presenting about JPB at church
Celebrating Shabbat
Sharing perspectives at the UN
IRIS service-project
Meeting Muslim faith leaders
Helping resettle a refugee family
Ropes course