Volunteering in Israel

Kibbutz Volunteer Program

The kibbutz population accepts volunteers for a minimum period of two months and a maximum of six months. In the kibbutz, the volunteers live and breath the kibbutz atmosphere, and during their stay they benefit from many of the social and material advantages of the kibbutz. The opportunity to take part in the unique lifestyle of the kibbutz community is a contingency found no where else in the world. The kibbutz population welcomes the volunteers in their home, and invites them to experience and partake in the daily life of the extraordinary kibbutz community.

While living in the kibbutz, the volunteers are invited to take part in many of the social activities of the kibbutz. The kibbutz pub is available to the volunteers as well as the cinema showings. The gym, the tennis courts, the basket ball/ foot ball courts and the swimming pool are also open to the volunteers. In some kibbutzes, the volunteers are even invited to join the kibbutz basket ball/foot ball league team. The volunteers are invited to join the festivities in the kibbutz for occasions like Jewish Holy days, weddings and independence day' s celebrations.. Apart from this, the young people of the kibbutz do their best to make the volunteers fell welcome.

The volunteers work 8 hours a day 6 days a week. In return they are offered free accommodations in the kibbutz, 3 meals a day, free laundry service in the kibbutz's common laundry and pocket money each month. In addition to this, the kibbutz organizes tours for the volunteers

Generally, the kibbutz offers work in three different categories: agriculture, tourism,the services and other different kinds of work. The agricultural work branches are, needless to say, dependant on the seasons and not all kinds of agricultural work is available to the volunteers all year around. In addition, it is important to stress that some branches in the agriculture like for example the cow's shed, only accept volunteers that are willing to stay for longer than 3 months. The agricultural work branches in the kibbutz are very varied. They include work like fruit picking (bananas, avocados, dates, apples, litchis, oranges and more) work in green houses (for example tomatoes, potatoes and plants) work with the irrigation systems, fish and fishing (both ornamental fish and fish for food industry) chicken houses, turkey houses and egg incubator and finally, work with the cows and the milking.

Tourism is another work branch that the volunteers work in. The work in tourism include both helping out in guest houses, restaurants, nature sights, health spas and tourist shops. The volunteers help out where they are needed in all of these places.

The services include work in the kitchen, the dinning room and in the laundry. Sometimes the volunteers work in the gardening, the metal workshop, the children's zoo, the children's houses, help in the kibbutz industry and in any other service related work branch in the kibbutz.

Finally, it is important to stress that although the specific wishes of the volunteers are taken into serious consideration, it is the availability of the different work places that determines where the volunteers work.

For more information, please click here, and then click on Kibbutz Program Centre

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