My name is Gabriel Cao. I am from Chino Hills, California, and I currently study at Tel Aviv University.
After one semester of traveling and exploring Israel, I was enchanted by a land of unprecedented cultural and religious heritage. In an effort to gain an increasingly comprehensive look at Israeli society, I began exploring volunteer opportunities with NGO's. Simultaneously, my TAU professor, enamored with Israeli history, lectured on Jewish civil society and piqued my curiosity about WIZO’s work from its establishment in 1920 until today.
Now, after my time volunteering at WIZO's External Relations Division, I can testify to the vibrant work environment at the organization's headquarters in Tel Aviv. Even when busy with administrative tasks maintaining WIZO establishments scattered around the country, each individual never fails to offer a helping hand or a word of encouragement. Likewise, my sincerest gratitude to my coworkers (who occasionally danced around the office) for enlightening me about Israeli pop music.
The smile on a child’s face, enjoying a lush therapeutic garden or a pristine new bike, authenticates the value of WIZO’s work in Israeli society. Thank you to everybody at WIZO for allowing me an opportunity to partake in a portion of this joy. Thank you especially to Annette Crandell, volunteer coordinator, for your steadfast guidance! Your warmhearted and enthusiastic presence epitomizes the excellence of WIZO.