Mark B.

I volunteered on the IDF Medical Supplies Center during my time on Sar-El.  My experience there gave me a deeper appreciation of Israel and Israeli society.  It was on Sar-El where I met volunteers from all over the world who came to the country and give their time and energy to serve Israel, and I realized how many people care about Israel. 

As I learned more about the Israel Defense Forces, its history and role in shaping the country, I enjoyed the privilege of meeting the people behind it all.  Veterans from the Navy Commandos, combat soldiers from previous wars, the young Israeli men and men currently serving in the IDF, the dedicated men and women who serve IDF as our guides/commanders to the soldiers who I worked with on base gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of Israel and how the people behind it have impacted the world. 

For many as well as myself, Sar-El has provided experiences to get closer to people and the land of Israel via volunteering.  It was one of my early experiences immersed in Israeli society as an adult, and the lessons learned and people I have met have made it more possible to serving in the IDF as an official soldier and to continue building a life here and calling it home.

Mark B.