The shnat year begins with the AZYC Opening Seminar, which brings together participants from all six Zionist Youth Movements. The seminar is a 4 day-long program encompassing touring, hiking, inter-movement bonding and activities which focus on being a part of a movement, Zionism, and the experience of being away from home for a year.
Furthermore, the AZYC works in conjunction with Machon L’Madrichei Chutz La’aretz (The Institute for Leaders from Abroad) which currently runs the opening intensive educational component for 5 of the 6 movements (Netzer offers alternative educational programs as well as the Machon). The Machon has been a core component in Australian shnat programs for decades and is highly reputable for its high level of leadership development and educational programs which focus on Israel, Zionism, Judaism, Hebrew and youth movement understanding. The program also offers a range of hikes, touring opportunities and volunteering experiences in a pluralistic, inter-movement environment, located in Jerusalem. The Machon has been instrumental in creating community leaders that have gone on to serve Australia and Israel in numerous ways.
The AZYC closes all the movements’ shnat programs with the AZYC Closing Seminar.