Volunteering in Israel



Volunteering overseas is a great way to travel, experience first hand indigenous wildlife, work alongside local communities, discover fascinating cultures world wide and contribute to our planet's environment. Volunteerism is a great contribution to forming a better and more humane society.

Volunteer in Israel and discover a tiny country, but yet a place of amazing variety, with globally unique contrasts: from the amazing cultural and natural diversities to ancient historical and biblical sites, which you will not find anywhere else in the world.





Volunteerism is expressed in a number of practical ways, including developing new services, direct assistance to the needy, assistance to organizations, and activism towards social change. Volunteers come from different age groups, but usually the pensioners and the youth comprise the majority. Volunteering not only contributes to a society in a very special way, but also to the volunteers themselves. It gives a wonderful feeling of social involvement, bringing great satisfaction, content and meaning to the volunteers' lives.
Do something extraordinary. Find the most suitable and interesting program for you and immerse yourself in Israeli society. Gain a unique experience: live and volunteer in the organization you choose, enjoy traveling all over the country, meet new people and develop connections, make Israeli friends, participate in variety of social and cultural activities, connect to your soul while being in the only place on Earth which is sacred for three great monotheistic religions, feel the Israeli life with its historical, cultural, ethnical and religious diversities from within.

Volunteering in the Jewish tradition

Israelis are known as one of the most active volunteers in the world. Today, 32% of Israelis (adults) participate in volunteering in one or another way. Some claim that volunteerism is very much a part of the Israeli ethic. Zionism, the movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland, created voluntary agencies serving different purposes while still being under the British rule.
The Jewish charity tradition (Tzdaka) encourages people to help each other in times of difficulty. Jewish schools (such as Cheder, Talmud Tora and Yeshiva), burial societies, bath facilities and many others were voluntary institutions. Voluntary self-government is something very characteristic for the Jewish communities worldwide. The Kibbutz and Moshav are based on voluntarism.
Many voluntary organizations were founded over the years, which constitute a large part of Israel's life today, for example Magen David Adom (Red Star of David similar to the Red Cross), organizations for first aid, for the mentally handicapped, for children, for helping large families and women. Several programs offer volunteers from abroad a unique chance to serve in Israel, usually on a short term basis. Some prefer work on kibbutzim while others help in social services, archeological excavations and many other fields one can think of.





Long-term volunteering programs




Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya... Learn more

One in Nine

provides patients and their families with support, information and the protection of rights, and leads advanced and equality promoting policy regarding the disease. With your support, One in Nine will be able to continue its efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer, support patients and fight for equal services and the inclusion of vital medications in the health basket... Learn more

HaKeren L'Yedidut

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Our ministry's vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect, and cooperation... Learn more





Latet

Israeli Humanitarian Aid was established in 1996 with the aim of providing assistance to needy populations in Israel and around the world, based on a universal and egalitarian platform and by mobilizing the civilian society in Israel toward involvement in the umanitarian effort... Learn more

Young Judaea Year Course in Israel

is a 9-month program of formal and informal education for recent high school graduates. Spend a dynamic year living, volunteering and studying in Israel. Placements include: Bat Yam Studies, Community Volunteering, Army, Magen David Adom and more. Participants earn up to a year's worth of college credit through the American Jewish University while building leader... Learn more

MADA - Magen David Adom.

The youth come from all over the world to Israel and take a 2 week course where they learn the skills and trades to become a first responder, after the course the volunteers are spread out to the MDA stations throughout Israel. The volunteer period can be from 5 weeks to more then a year. Some MDA Alumni youth return to Israel after a period of time in order to continue volunteering or even to become an MDA Instructor... Learn more





Ruach Tova

Ruach-Tova is the one-stop shop for any individual, group or organization wishing to volunteer, and for any person, group or organization requiring aid. Ruach-Tova took upon itself the task of developing volunteerism in Israel – and to do so, we provide counseling, guidance and assistance to both the volunteers and the recipients of their help. More Details

Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

offers English-speaking college graduates from around the world the opportunity to live, volunteer and study in Tel Aviv or Jaffa for 5 or 10 months doing Social Action or Coexistence work. Along with volunteers from around the world, participants live with Israeli peers. The ongoing interaction with young adults from all over the world will help enrich and enhanc... Learn more

VFP (Volunteer For Peace)

offers over 3000 affordable, short-term voluntary service projects in 100+ countries, including over 15 in Israel. These international voluntary service projects are an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment. Volunteer projects vary greatly since they arise wherever there is a need in a given community... Learn more





Volunteer with Oranim Israel Programs. With our volunteering in Israel based in communities with large immigrant populations, Community Involvement participants will be able to feel the difference they're volunteering has done within the community... Learn more

Global Nomadic Ltd

We specialize in providing Serious and Affordable Volunteer & Internship Opportunities. Global Nomadic has been set up with the express intention to offer impartial and specific, accurate advice & field placement to individuals seeking to put their efforts to good use... Learn more

OTZMA Israel: Internship and Volunteering

Participants have the opportunity to learn Hebrew, travel Israel, volunteer in developing communities, participate in a professional internship with a non-profit organization, access to excellent educational seminars, opportunites to learn about the Jewish non-profit world and how the Federation system works, build long lasting friendships and connections, and get to know the real Israel... Learn more





LeadEarth - Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship

LeadEarth is a leadership program for young professionals who want to gain experience in social action, community empowerment, and environmental and international development. Volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Israeli and Indian life. In the first part of the program, participants live study and volunteer in Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Receive professional training in the fields ... Learn more

Ve'ahavta - Kinder Kits Israel

The Kinder Kits program aims to provide educational supplies to underprivileged children. Without the proper tools to learn, a child's success is dramatically decreased. 150,000,000 children around the world leave school illiterate and 1 in 6 children live in poverty in Canada. Ve'ahavta has committed to providing Kinder Education Kits containing the necessary supplies for a child's academic year... Learn more





ALUT - Volunteer with Autistic People

Volunteers primarily assist the residents with daily needs by providing physical care and moral support. Activities include helping out of bed, showering, using the toilet, dressing/undressing clothing and serving food. Volunteers also accompany residents to the supermarket, clinic, hospital, or park. Work Hours: There are 2 shifts available: 06:30-15:30, 15:30-22:00... Learn more

Netzer Year

The program involves extensive travel throughout the country of Israel, intense leadership training, Hebrew and Jewish immersion studies, and hands-on volunteer work. Throughout the program, participants live, volunteer and learn alongside their Netzer peers from around the world... Learn more

Would Unite!

You can freely combine the following volunteering options for the duration of one to three weeks each:
* Nursery school for children with developmental delay
* Community centre - course leader for children and youth
* Home and swimming with mentally challenged women
* Farm: Olives and pomegranates... Learn more





Amirim

participants Intern or Volunteer four times per week, five hours a day at non-profit organizations in their area of interest. We offer a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities that address important issues in contemporary Israeli society. At the end of the program participants will receive a certificate thanking them for their service and will include the internship/volunteer placement and hours worked... Learn more

The Silent Arrow

Desert Lodge is a little guest house, near Mitzpe Ramon, We need volunteers to help in hosting and cleaning the place and spend a desert time with us. The volunteers work is to welcome the guests, show them around, be there at the site for them, for any help or questions and keeping the place always nice and clean. The volunteers sleep at the site at the volunteers tent. We also supply the food for the volunteers. The minimum time we take volunteers is one month... Learn more

The Nazareth Trust

SERVE Nazareth is an opportunity to serve in Nazareth, Israel. We work alongside local churches and the community as well as our hospital helping in various wards. Serving the community of Nazareth and building relationships is an experience that will grow and shape you in amazing ways! Opportunities to learn language, cultural and Biblical understanding as well as other areas of teaching will be... Learn more





Volunteer-Germany

Volunteer-Germany is a non-profit organization involved in an international volunteer program in Germany and Israel. Together with our partner organizations we work with numerous volunteers across Germany and the State of Israel. All of our projects take place in the field of education. We believe that in this way we are able to incorporate all of our beliefs and ideas... Learn more

WUJS Israel Hadassah

runs 5 and 10 months program for Jewish college graduates from around the world between ages 21 and 35. The program offers four specialized tracks: Jerusalem Learning, Arts Program, Peace & Social Justice, and Intern Tel Aviv. WUJS participants up to age 30 qualify for grants from the Israeli government's Project MASA... Learn more

YFWP

The Youth Federation for World Peace in Partnership with the Universal Peace Federation has initiated a series of interreligious encounters, fact-finding trips, cultural initiatives, athletic programs, and service projects as part of its Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI). Bringing young leaders from the world's faith traditions, young business leaders and parliamentarians, and leaders from civil society, MEPI participants meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders... Learn more





WIZO

The Women's international Zionist organization is a non-party international movement dedicated to the advancement of the status of women, welfare of all sectors of israeli society and encouragement of jewish education in Israel and the diaspora. Interning with the World WIZO Fundraising Dept will give volunteers the opportunity to gain valuable experience while volunteering for a top organization dedicated to the betterment of women, children and the elderly in Israel... Learn more

Aardvark Israel

offers several program options in Israel for Jewish students ages 17-22. The Gap Year Program is a 9-month university program in Israel. The Semester Program offers students that can not spend a full year away from their home campus the same great program previously only available to gap year participants as a 5-month option. Ideal for students from the Southern Hemisphere, the Semester Plus Program provides students a 6 1/2 month option beginning in mid-January until July... Learn more

SCI - Baladna (Association for Arab Youth)

Baladna is an Arab youth organization founded to give Arab youth in Israel a non-partisan, comfortable forum for youth activities and informal education, centering on a discussion of identity. A registered non-profit organization, Baladna aims to strengthen Arab youth's understanding of democracy and gender equality, to foster pluralism and tolerance, and to enable a discussion and debate about Arab Palestinian history, grievances and culture... Learn more





Adam le Adam

At Adam leAdam we believe that every Senior in Israel is entitled to enjoy his or her life in dignity. Today it's Him, tomorrow, You or Me By showing concern for Him, we are assuring a better future for Ourselves As members of a concerned and responsible society, it is our duty to be responsible for one another... Learn more

Kedma - Students volunteering for Israel.

KEDMA is a student organization with branches in Israel and the US. We work with university and yeshiva students, assisting disadvantaged communities in Israel while actualizing the concepts of social justice and tikkun olam through innovative programming. Learn more

Ma'on San Simon - Home for Disabled People

Volunteers primarily assist the residents with daily needs by providing physical care and morale support. Activities include helping out of bed, showering, using the toilet, dressing/undressing clothing and serving food. Volunteers also accompany residents to the supermarket, bank, clinic, hospital, park etc. Occasionally volunteers may go with residents on shopping trips, out for coffee, to a movie, to visit their family or to take a mini-vacation... Learn more





Livnot U'Lehibanot

The name Livnot U'Lehibanot, which in Hebrew means To Build and To Be Built, refers to the physical contribution the participants make to the building of the Land of Israel, and to the knowledge and experiences gained during the program. Livnot is a community experience. Participants learn, hike, work, live and explore Judaism together... Learn more

Adamama - Educational eco-farm.

We regard this experience as an ecological training. Along with you, we will practice a sustainable way of life. The volunteers will join our community and will do various tasks on the farm including organic agriculture, mud building and general maintenance of the farm... Learn more

Yad Sarah

For many volunteers, working at Yad Sarah is a rehabilitative experience in itself: the “corps” of volunteers includes retired people, people who are themselves somewhat disabled, people who could easily be on the “receiving” end of the services they supply. The new volunteer undergoes special training for the job. In the more demanding jobs, there is professional supervision and trouble-shooting. With time, the volunteer is given more specialized training and upgrading... Learn more





Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Do you love animals? Do you care about nature and the environment? Would you like to do something meaningful and rewarding? Why not come and join our circle of zoo volunteers! More than 50 animal lovers volunteer at the zoo on a weekly basis in a veriety of departments. They help the keepers in their daily routine, the zoo clinic, photography, and more... Learn more

CAARI

(Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel) offers a unique opportunity to experience Israel. Explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. CAARI offers an in-depth view of Israel for active seniors by providing them the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture and to connect with Israel’s vibrant people. The program includes community service, tours, a speakers forum... Learn more





One-time volunteering






Recommended programs

For those who want to volunteer but can not commit to a long period of volunteering, there are many short-term or one-time volunteering options.



Yad Sarah

The backbone of Yad Sarah is its “army” of volunteers. From town and country, from all walks of life, men and women of all ages, in every corner of Israel, give of their time and abilities to make Yad Sarah work. There would be no Yad Sarah without them. With over 6,000 volunteers, of whom about 2,000 work on a regular basis from two to six times a week, and only a minimum number in salaried positions, this is virtually a volunteer-run organization.... More Details

Nefesh B'Nefesh

Nefesh B'Nefesh offers a wide range of volunteering options such as: Helping new Olim with the Aliyah process, Helping to pack and send packages to lone soldiers and more... More Details

Leket Israel

Serving as the country's National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, Leket Israel works with about 45,000 volunteers to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among the growing numbers of Israel's poor. Leket Israel offers nutrition education, capacity building, and food safety projects to further assist our partners. More Details





Table to Table

Table to Table collect food from different events and transfer them to soup kitchens and needy.
contact: Reut reut@tabletotable.org.il Address: Hasadna 11, Raanana
Cellphone: 052-4678141
Phone: 09-7441757
Fax: 09-7405785 More Details

Meir Panim

Meir Panim Includes 14 restaurants provide approximately one million meals to the needy, nine centers of "Power of Giving" - warehouses for domestic, centers for children at risk and more... More Details

Haamuta

The Jaffa Institute provides educational, recreational and social enrichment programs which enhance the self-esteem and academic performance of each child in our care, thereby enabling them to succeed academically and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the greater South Tel Aviv area. More Details





Ezer MiZion

Ezer Mizion, the Israel Health Support Organization, offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to help Israel's sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. Since its founding in 1979, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest non-profit organizations in Israel, benefiting over 650,000 people every year. More Details

Ruach Tova

Ruach-Tova is the one-stop shop for any individual, group or organization wishing to volunteer, and for any person, group or organization requiring aid. Ruach-Tova took upon itself the task of developing volunteerism in Israel – and to do so, we provide counseling, guidance and assistance to both the volunteers and the recipients of their help. More Details

Hadassah Medical Center

Volunteers work in partnership with our staff, giving their time in support of our mission. Speak to Professor Ben Yehuda or to our head nurse, Ronit Halperin to arrange a schedule of activities or services. More Details






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One-time volunteering in HaSharon area

 






One-time volunteering in the center area







One-time volunteering in the South and Jerusalem






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