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How Masa Israel Can Help You

  • We help you explore your options. Our volunteer program providers have access to authentic, meaningful volunteer experiences in Israel. 
  • We offer funding. If you have at least one Jewish grandparent and are between 18 and 31 years old, Masa Israel Journey can offer thousands of dollars of funding to help make your internship in Israel affordable and comfortable. (We can even help find additional scholarships if you qualify!)
  • We answer your questions. Our staff is made up of alumni who have been on programs in Israel and can give you the inside scoop on finding the right program provider, how to navigate the application process, and what it’s like to experience 5-10 months in Israel!


  • Who is Masa Israel?
    Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process.
    Masa Israel is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel that is made possible by the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

  • What kind of volunteer programs do you offer?
    Masa Israel Journey offers unique opportunities for you to volunteer in communities throughout Israel. Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, you can affect change in some of Israel’s most vulnerable populations. Get started by reviewing Masa Israel’s volunteer experiences.
  • Can I get school credit?
    Maybe. Check with your university adviser to see if your volunteer experience in Israel is eligible for academic credits.
  • How do I choose a provider?
    Each Masa Israel volunteer experience is coordinated through a program provider. Each provider offers unique options – different locations, populations you’ll be working with, program costs, housing options, start dates and extracurricular activities.  Check out our provider comparison chart to learn more about your options.
  • What do I need to have ready to apply?
    All you need to get started is the desire to do some good in Israel! Check out our ‘How it Works’ section to learn more about what to expect during the application process and to get started.
  • Can I apply if I don’t identify as Jewish?
    You can apply for certain volunteer experiences in Israel through our providers, but Masa Israel grants and scholarships are only available for young Jewish adults. Find more information on Masa Israel grant and scholarships here.

    Take the next step. Applying to volunteer in Israel is easier than you might think. After you explore our programs, then choose the top three programs that feel like the best fit for you, and click below to apply.

    When you decide to apply, Masa Israel will match you with one of our eight program sponsors in Israel. Each works within a unique social or community framework, but all promise the chance to make a difference and the support you’ll need to do it.

    Learn more about them here.