Rachel Olstein Kaplan's interest in social justice began in 1999 when she volunteered for a year with AmeriCorps. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College in urban education and French and served as President of the school's Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduating, she taught second grade at an inner city school. She then spent several years leading outdoor education programs at the Teva Learning Center and on service trips to India and the Azore Islands.
Rachel has a master's degree in community leadership and nonprofit management from Hebrew University where she focused her studies on international development and volunteer management. As part of her studies, she spent two months working on a banking project in rural Ghana.
Currently, Rachel serves as the Associate Director of Yahel - Israel Service Learning and she also works for ORA Web Design, the web services company that she cofounded with her husband in 2012. Before joining Yahel, Rachel worked as the Director of Volunteer Services at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. She developed and managed the Village's short-term service learning program, its year-long professional service corps and local outreach volunteer programs.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Ori, traveling, taking long hikes, making homemade pizza and getting outdoors as much as possible.