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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.

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