Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange (PIYE)
The Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange is an educational programme for students from Poland and Israel that consists of two parts: a stay in Poland coupled with artistic and educational workshops and a three-month-long scholarship in Israel.
The things we do within the PIYE
Every year a group of students from Poland and Israel meet at the POLIN Museum to talk about Polish-Jewish past and present times, discuss prejudices and show interest in one another through participation in workshops and educational activities. Students discover the POLIN Museum and its vicinity, take part in workshops and tours, but first of all work on artistic and educational projects. The final result is presented to the Museum's audience and employees.
In mid-October, Polish students leave for Israel to take part in a three-month-long scholarship whose costs are covered in the most part by the POLIN Museum. While in Israel, they attend selected classes and a Hebrew language course and take part in events organised by the university. They also suggest activities aimed to promote the PIYE exchange and Poland.
The student exchange project was launched in 2006 as the Museum's first educational activity. It is addressed to Polish and Israeli students. Its aim is to help young people to discover the multi-threaded Polish-Jewish history and contemporary culture of Poland and Israel. To establish mutual relations, start friendships and gain knowledge form an excellent basis for active involvement in mutual activities carried out first in Poland and then in Israel.
What does it look like in practice?
In September, Polish and Israeli students come to Warsaw for a ten-day study programme (this year the part is planned for 7-18 September 2017, but for organisational reasons may be delayed by 1 to 2 days) which is held at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. In the autumn (mid-October), the Polish scholarship holders go for three months to Tel Aviv, where they study and live in university dormitories. The participants can choose subjects which they would like to attend. Participation in a Hebrew language course is mandatory, but students can choose a level that suits them best.
The organiser covers the following costs: food, lodging and tickets to and from Israel, Tel Aviv University classes and part of the Tel Aviv dormitory costs.
The programme participants are obliged to cover the costs of one-month accommodation at the Tel Aviv University dormitory (about USD 550) and the Israeli health insurance (about USD 100).
All the classes will be held in English.
The 2017 Edition
In the Polish part of this year's edition, the participants will discover and critically analyse the POLIN Museum's core exhibition and will take part in anti-discrimination and creative workshops. We want to focus on the creative part on the Information Centre – a special place within the Museum where one can access databases of old shtetls, Jewish families and oral histories. We would like the resources to become an important element of this year's edition and a starting topic for the participants in their project implementation. The project implementation will allow the participants to get to know the methods of working with archival records and discover histories related to particular places and people. It will also be an opportunity to discover the Museum from the inside and find out more about the history and motivation of people who come to visit it.
Conditions for participants
Undergraduate and first-year postgraduate students who speak English at an intermediate or higher level (no certificates required) and enjoy a grade average of 4.0 or higher can join the exchange.
Report on the 2016 exchange
The project is a joint initiative of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, an institution responsible for creating the core exhibition. The project is financed by Mr Ygal Ozechov and Mr Tomek Ulatowski.