Stay and Work – Israel Trip
Come serve in Israel for an extended time
If you love Israel and want to serve, we have a place for you! We are recruiting volunteers who want to serve in Israel for an extended period of time.
Arrival dates available on Sundays in February, March, April, May, and June.
*Arrivals are staggered every two weeks on Sundays, to begin working on Monday. You will select an arrival date when you apply
Short-term (2–10 weeks) Serving Opportunities
- General Labor Workers (minimum 2 week stay) – farming, agricultural, kibbutzim clean up.
- Skilled Construction Workers (minimum 4 week stay) – carpentry, drywall, electricians, etc.
- You should be prepared for 6-8 hours a day of hard labor.
- Your accommodation will be in the area and around the people you will be serving.
- Example: If you are assigned agriculture work on a Kibbutz, you will be living there.
- All service opportunities will be in South Israel, close to the Gaza border.
Individual Price: $600 USD a week
*50% non-refundable deposit due on approval
What’s included in the cost
- Transportation to/from the airport on Sundays
- Transportation to/from service opportunities
- Work Placement (based on your qualifications)
What’s not included
- Travel/health insurance (required)
- Leisure day transportation
Before You Go
Do I need a passport?
What should I make copies of before I leave for Israel?
How safe is traveling to Israel?
What time zone is Israel in?
Can I use my cellphone in Israel? Do I need to get a different SIM card or prepaid phone?
What currency does Israel use? How should I exchange my money?
What about my debit card? Do shops and restaurants accept debit/credit cards or do I need to bring money to convert to local currency?
Should I bring a backpack or bag every day?
A backpack is always a good idea. Water bottles, cameras, money and souvenirs will be harder to manage if you do not have something to put them in.
Will I be able to plug in electronics in Israel?
Can I travel with liquids?
What should I pack in my carry-on?
> Passport (Bring 2 colored copies)
> Pack 2 sets of clothes in carry-on
> Medical Prescriptions
> We also recommend that you bring basic medicine as well (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, Emergen-c, Loperamide)
When flying El Al, you will have to go to the check-in counter to receive your ticket and check your baggage.
Before checking in, you will talk with Security personnel, this is not normal airport security, this is El Al security. They are going to ask you a variety of personal questions, remain calm and answer truthfully but concisely.
> You are coming into Israel to serve the people here during this time.
It is very difficult for us to say how many questions they will ask and how long it will take. There is also the possibility that you could end up talking with more than one person, and answering the same questions over and over. > Just remain calm and answer. > Recently we have had experiences where people are talking to Security for over an hour. > We have also had experiences where they required people to check all of their bags including backpacks. So you need to be prepared for anything, just do what they say and you’ll be fine. > It’s also true that women traveling alone will receive extra scrutiny. Not particularly fun but again, just answer and do whatever they say.
Upon Arrival in Tel Aviv
What can I expect at Customs and Passport Control
There are kiosks on the way to passport control that will ask you to scan your passport and print out a ticket, this is your Visa for Entry. This will save you a lot of time in the Passport Control line. You MUST ALWAYS keep the ticket with your passport.
Depending on the color of the Visa, there are a couple of different lines in the non-citizens custom lines. Once you come down the hallway, you will go to the right towards non-citizens and then follow the signs based on the color of your visa.
If you end up having to talk with a customs agent, you will tell them the same information you told security.
Other Important Tips
Water - safe to drink? Access to bottled?
What to pack? Any supplies for working?
Work clothes, work boots, work gloves, rain gear, hat, backpack
Shower shoes (flip flops), robe
Will laundry facilities be available?
What will accommodations be like?
We are staying in Apartments on a Kibbutz.
You will have roommates.
We will provide: 2 sets of towels, comforter, sheets and a pillow.
Once a week grocery store runs will be happening.
Number of hours working - will there be opportunity to work more?
You should plan for a minimum of 6-8 hours a day
Additional work: that would be something to talk with whoever is in charge of your work site.
The work week in Israel is Sunday-Thursday, generally people don’t work on Friday or Saturday but depending on the nature of the work that may not be the case.