Volunteering in Israel

Sheli Volunteer Project

Create Your Own Volunteer Placement in Israel

Cant find a program that fits your needs?

Dont want something with too rigid a framework

Want to experience Israel and have no interest in getting on a tour bus

Sheli, the Volunteer Project that allows you time in Israel in almost any way that works for you.

Program Outline

For a period of 2 weeks to one year we invite you to use your time and skills in a variety of social or educational placements.  At Sheli we can create a tailor-made volunteer placement based on your needs, talents and interests.

With the aim of providing young Jews from all over the world the opportunity to volunteer in Israel, Sheli offers you the chance to:

  • Connect with Israelis
  • Show your solidarity with Israel through volunteer work
  • Contribute to the country while experiencing it

For those who want to do their own thing, but need a little help doing it, we create the opportunity, you make it happen.

You pick the place, time, duration, type of work and type of placement;

We set it up, make arrangements and send you off - the rest is up to you.


The dates and duration of the program are open and flexible and depend on the availability of the participant and the needs of a particular volunteer framework.

Cost and Accommodations

There is no cost for the program, participants are responsible for their flight, health insurance, *housing, transportation, food and incidentals.
There is a minimum (flexible) work requirement of twenty hours a week.

*Housing options may be possible depending on circumstance and availability.

Acceptance Criteria

Participants must be at least 18 years old, responsible adults who are capable of working and living in an autonomous, self sufficient framework.
It is necessary to undergo a personal interview prior to acceptance.


The necessity or level of Hebrew proficiency depends on the nature of ones placement. 

Placement Options

Sheli offers a wide variety of meaningful opportunities for short-term volunteer options in Israel in community, social service and educational facilities. 
Below is a sample list of the volunteer settings and locations where we place our volunteers:

  • Youth Villages (Boarding schools for disadvantaged youth)
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Elderly Day Centers and alternative programming for the elderly
  • Home improvement and renovation for impoverished families
  • Programs for the Physically and Mentally Disabled
  • Absorption Centers and immigrant assistance programs
  • Community Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Soup Kitchens
  • Womens Shelter
  • Group Homes for Youth At-Risk
  • English Teaching
  • Animal Shelters
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Physicians **
    ** Volunteer options exist for physicians in Israeli Hospitals or other medical setting

To apply to this program please follow these steps
1. Click here to download the full application and medical form, print and fill out.  
2. Click here to inform program representatives of your interest in the program (required).
3. After following step two you will be contacted by your local representative to set up an appointment.
Please bring the filled out application and medical form.

For complete information, please see Sheli homepage on the Jewish Agency website.


Israel Program Center.

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