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Volunteering in Israel is an experience that will change your life forever…

Working with foreign volunteers is very inspiring and I have been blessed to meet so many good people who wish to give of their time and love to help the Jewish people in Israel.

From the moment you make the decision to come to Israel I will be there to ensure that you find the right organization– whether it is in a particular city or area of Israel or with a specific group of people.

All the services I provide are done with the agreement and in cooperation with Ms. Ilana Turevsky-Assaf, National Supervisor for Overseas Volunteers at the Division of Community Resources at the State of Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Services.

I look forward to meeting you here in Israel where your personal volunteering dream comes true!

Children or adults with intellectual disabilities

Children or adults on the autism spectrum

Hospital

Children or adults with physical disabilities

Holocaust survivors

Choose your volunteering package

STANDARD

Services

  • Processing Fee on receiving application | $50
  • Balance payable on receipt of B4 visa | $250
  • Additional charge if documents are not submitted together or are incorrect | $50

OPTIONAL

Additional Services

  • Pick up volunteer from airport and be available to take them to bus/train/taxi pick-up point (excepting Shabbat and Jewish Holidays) should the representative of the charitable association not be present as well | $50
  • Arrange a meeting with the Foreign Volunteers representative at the Social Affairs Ministry to help find alternative placement if the first proves unsatisfactory and attend the meeting with you | $50
  • Provide an organized tour twice a year of places of interest in Israel together with other Foreign Volunteers (includes entrance fees and guide’s fee) | $100

Frequently asked questions

I will send you the full list of documents necessary for you to get this visa.
Yes. You will need two references and they cannot be immediate family. Employers, friends of the family, professional acquaintances (such as your pastor) would be ideal.
By Israeli law you cannot work more than 35 hours a week as a volunteer and are entitled to two days of rest.
Yes. One week every three months.
Most Amutot (Charities) ask that you come for a minimum of three months – especially if you do not yet know Hebrew it can take 4-6 weeks to learn basic language and you will not get much out of the experience if you come for less than this period.

Yes, no organization will accept you as a volunteer unless you have medical insurance.

It is usually cheaper to buy it in your home country but I would be happy to price it for you in Israel.

Most Amutot (Charities) ask that you come for a minimum of three months – especially if you do not yet know Hebrew it can take 4-6 weeks to learn basic language and you will not get much out of the experience if you come for less than this period.
Most Amutot (Charities) ask that you come for a minimum of three months – especially if you do not yet know Hebrew it can take 4-6 weeks to learn basic language and you will not get much out of the experience if you come for less than this period.
Most Amutot (Charities) ask that you come for a minimum of three months – especially if you do not yet know Hebrew it can take 4-6 weeks to learn basic language and you will not get much out of the experience if you come for less than this period.

Obviously, this is something very important – no one wants to pay more than necessary! Let me know if this is what you decide and I will tell you the cheapest way to get to your destination.

Check with the Charity you will be working at and they will be able to recommend a good place for you.
 
Do not be too hasty to make any decision. Give yourself a minimum of two weeks to see if you acclimate.

Of course you are “allowed” to be ill. However, it is only courteous to let your place of work know as soon as possible that you cannot come that day to work. Should you really feel ill you should speak with the Coordinator for Volunteers at your Charity and get the name of a doctor. And, “yes”, you should ask the doctor for a signed note that you were unable to work.

Yes. By Israeli law you are entitled to receive 750 NIS pocket money, and if you need to travel to your place of work from where you live you will be given money to cover bus fares.

Volunteer Testimonials

"I spent an unforgettable 15 months volunteering with AKIM-Jerusalem in the Beit Leo hostel. Miriam made the whole process of applying, arriving, as well as my entire stay very comfortable. She was always available and very easy to talk to, which I greatly appreciated."
Yamuna Matheswaran
India
"Since I come from Africa it was not that easy to get a volunteer placement here in Israel. However, things got much more easy when I turn to the website and search for volunteering in The Holy Land. After searching different volunteer organization on the website I eventually found AKIM-Jerusalem (Organization catering for intellectually and physically disabled people of all ages) so I wrote an email to Miriam telling her that I would appreciate if I can get an invitation to volunteer in their organization. Miriam sent me an email with all the requirements needed to be accepted as a volunteer.. but she also said to me since I come from Africa and there have never been volunteers from East Africa, she would try to help. I waited for more than half a year as I was the first person to come from Kenya to volunteer in Israel. I was lucky to get accepted. I print out the letter and I couldn’t believe this, In the first place I showed my friends who thought that it was a scam! Now all this process from the time I started in my country ’till I ended up here in Israel was only through the immeasurable and great assistance of Miriam. Wherever I faced any difficulty while I was going through all this process Miriam was there to help me. And also while we are volunteering our time and effort here in Jerusalem, if we want anything we always turn to her. On behalf of all the volunteers, Miriam, you are of great importance not only to us volunteers but also to the whole land of Israel and to those who are looking forward to getting volunteer placements here in Israel (Haaretz)."
Francis Langat
Kenya
After grammar school I spent a year volunteering at AKIM Jerusalem. Already before the journey had started, Miriam was there to welcome me via e-mail and to make sure I would be prepared when I arrived. Throughout the year, Miriam was not only the volunteers´ coordinator, but someone to come to whenever having any question or personal trouble. She was very dedicated to being a person of trust to the volunteers.
Johannes Weymar
Germany
"Most people don´t know what the word “volunteering” really means. Well, let me tell you…it means giving of yourself to give over to others. You take the best of you and give it to others who need it most. You choose to help others and in return you get a big smile, which is worth more than anything in the world. That is one of the many things I learnt during my experience as a volunteer, guided by Miriam. She herself gives up so much for us. Thank you, Miriam for giving us so much and taking such good care of us. For being our leader, our mother, our guide, our friend. This wonderful experience would not have been the same without you!"
Diana Lopez
Colombia