Israel abounds with volunteer opportunities. These are often on archaeological digs, at ILH hostels or environmental organisations. Check the websites of The National Council for Volunteering in Israel (www.ivolunteer.org.il), Israel Hostels (www.hostels-israel.com/volunteer-in-a-hostel).
If you’re between 18 and 35, it’s also possible to volunteer on a traditional kibbutz in Israel. Volunteers interested in a taste of the lifestyle at these communal agricultural centres can expect to spend two to six months helping with manual labour, which could include anything from gardening to washing up or milking cows. Food and accommodation are provided and sometimes a small weekly allowance. For more information, visit www.kibbutz.org.il/eng or read about one Brit’s personal experience at www.kibbutzvolunteer.com.
Working legally requires a permit from the Ministry of the Interior and, as in North America or Western Europe, these aren’t easy to get – with one exception. If you would qualify for an oleh (immigrant) visa under the Law of Return – ie if you have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent and have documents to prove it – you can arrange a working visa with relative ease.
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