A typical day at Mechinat Kol Ami begins early in the morning- either with a 'Madas' (work-out), or with 'Boker Tov', participant run activity to wake everyone up and begin the day in the right mindset.
In classic Mechina fashion, all meals are cooked by the participants themselves based on a rotation; they plan everything from budgeting, rationing, cleaning. Many aspects of Mechina life are run by the participants, the staff serves merely as guides.
The participants are divided amongst different Va'adot, or committees, with each being responsible for a different aspect the Mechina. Every day, the Va'adot have time to meet and work on their various projects.
In addition to this time, days in the Mechina consist of many classes. Sometimes outside speakers or teachers are brought in, and sometimes classes are led by the counselors or participants themselves. Topics include philosophy, leadership, Jewish history, psychology, Israel Advocacy as well many others.
Each week has a different theme and in addition to the core classes, additional activities and activities are added each week to tie in the week's theme. Twice a week there is community involvement time during which participants go out into their communities and do activities such as teaching English in local schools, cleaning up beaches, visiting nursing homes, and running activities for local children.
There is also time throughout the days for participants to run their own activities, lead discussions, relax, and address issues within the Mechina. Days are extremely busy with few breaks and programming usually ends around 10 p.m.
Mechinat Kol Ami has five shluchot (branches), around Israel. The participants are divided amongst the campuses based on preference and background. Each campus has a balance of Israelis and participants from abroad, and has both religious and secular Chanichim. The five locations are Kibbutz Bahan, Kibbutz Kiriyat Anavim, Kiriyat Yearim Youth Village, Carmiel Childrens Vilage and Migdal Oz (in partnership with Bnei Akiva Olami).
A typical day on Kol Ami
Toranim: Noa, Ido, Michal, Benji
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Breakfast, Tfilot, & Seder Boker
Class: Jewish History
Class: Israel Advocacy
Madas (Work out):
Dinner & Showers
Meli'a (Council Meeting)