Volunteering in Israel

MDA: Magen David Adom

Magen David Adom (MDA) allows foreign volunteers to expeirence Israel in a vey unique way. The Magen David Adom Ambulance Volunteer Program gives you the opportunity to save lives while enjoying your stay in Israel. MDA's program allows volunteers to spend two exciting and satisfying months gaining hands-on frist-aid and emergency care experience in Israel.

Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, provides emergency first aid services throughout Israel and works with its volunteers to provide effective initial treatment. The MDA volunteer program, run in conjunction with the Jewish Agency for Israel, invites you to join them and work side by side with Israeli volunteers and professional staff.

No previous medical exprerience is required; training is included.

The Program:

In Israel, all volunteers must participate in a mandatory intense nine-day/60-hour first-aid training course in English and basic Hebrew. The program training course covers basic material ranging from bandaging a simple wound to CPR and mass-casualty incidents.

Following the successful completing of the course, participatns are placed in MDA stations in various Israeli cities where they will work in ambulances together with Israeli volunteers and staff. The program runs for a period of six to eight weeks, including the training course.


Accomodations are provided in Jewish Agency Absorption Centers throughout Israel. The accomodations are apartment style (youth hostel) dorms, but do not include meals and transportaions. Participants must bring adequate funds to cover food, transportation, and entertainment while on the program. During the summer months, participants may also be housed in alternate housing, such as dormitories, hostels, and hotels for an additional fee.

Acceptance Criteria:

Participants must be between the ages of 18-30, in good physical and mental health. Basic conversational Hebrew is required, but all medical terminology will be taught during the training course.


During the volunteer period, you will have the opportunity to experience Israel in a very real sense. While riding an ambulance throughout the city where you are placed, you will have the chance to meet the Israeli population with its wide diversity of people, and its many colors, religions, and beliefs. You will be working with Israelis in an Israeli environment, perfecting your Hebrew, and making wonderful new friends. Imagine, gaining a meaningful Israel experience all while learning an invaluable skill, caring for people, and saving lives.

Prior Medical Experience:

Applications who have prior emergency care or medical experience are welcome to join the program, but are still required to participate in the training course. MDA regulations require that all participants undergo the training course, regardless of their prior expeirence, due to significant differnces between MDA emergency care procedures and those of other Ambulance Corps.

Price: $500 (not including airfare)

Application Process:

Please see the Jewish Agency's Website to fill out the appropriate forms and applications. Once all the forms have been submitted, a local representative from the Jewish Agency will contact you to set up an appointment.

Relevant Websites:

Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel

American Red Magen David Adom for Israel

The Jewish Agency

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