The Circles Program

The Circles program is the next step multi-step educational program intended to expand the knowledge and the horizons of the “HaGal Sheli” graduates on matters relating to the world of surfing. Enabling them to take a more substantial part in the different activities held at “HaGal Sheli”.

The program participants are divided into one of three tracks: (1) Photography and editing, (2) Operating and repairing surfboards, (3) Entrepreneurship and Hi Tech.

Over the course of the program the participants undergo training by professional mentors and the “HaGal Sheli” team, and participate in relevant activities. In this manner they experience taking on responsibility, giving back to the community, and gain life experience and acquire practical tools.

The Various Tracks of the "Maagalim" Program

Photography and Editing

The photography and editing team learns the craft of filming and editing of video and still photography, and particularly the principles of sea and surfing photography. One of the goals of the program is to create a documentation of all the educational processes and events at “HaGal Sheli”. That is why the participant of the program, under the guidance of professional mentors from the field of photography and video, take charge of all of “HaGal Sheli” media and video domain; they create photos and video clips of all the groups activities, and document daily life and special events at “HaGal Sheli” – for the students, their families and the staff as well.

Operating and Repairing Surfboards

The surfboard operation and repair team is responsible for about 300 surfboards in all “HaGal Sheli” centers around the country. The team is responsible for their repair and upkeep, in order to allow all the foundation’s trainees a safe and good surfing experience. Accompanied by the best mentors from the world of “Shaping”, the participants learn the secrets of the trade in a yearlong program and become responsible for this important area of the foundation’s activities.

Entrepreneurship and Hi Tech

The Entrepreneurship program of “HaGal Sheli” was established in order to make the Hi-Tech world more accessible to our young participants and prove to them that anything is possible and that the “glass ceiling” can be broken. This is especially important here in Israel which is  “startup nation”. The pedagogical model in this program is based on hands-on experiences, through the establishment and development of a new technological venture in the field of surfing. The students learn and go through all stages: planning a prototype, product development, fund-raising, building a website, product marketing and launching. The program operates in cooperation with brothers Mateo and Aviv Shapira and the ironSource Company. The program is joined by mentors from WIX and Google.

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