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Masa Israel’s volunteer programs focus on building strong communities, ensuring the success of at-risk youth, encouraging collaboration and coexistence between local Arab and Jewish populations, teaching English as a foreign language and more. And, while you’re helping others, you’ll be developing leadership skills that last a lifetime. Ready to get started?

Volunteer Opportunities in Israel

All of Masa Israel’s volunteer programs draw on the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and are guided by the principals of social responsibility and social justice. As a Masa Israel volunteer, you can integrate service with the exploration of Israel as you work to create a more just society.

And if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, we can also set you up with a customized volunteer experience based on your interests.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows provides exceptional Jewish college graduates with the opportunity to address Israel’s educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities on a 10-month English teaching, service-learning program.

Following an initial training period, Fellows live in small groups and teach for a minimum of 20 hours a week in schools. Fellows choose or design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, ulpan (Hebrew lessons), host families, trips, and other enrichment activities are provided throughout their time in Israel. Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education, reducing the program fee to $1,000, which includes your round-trip flight, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Areas of focus: Education, Social Action / Volunteering
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Israel Corps – Project TEN

Israel Corps is a program of Masa Tlalim and in partnership with The Jewish Agency’s Project TEN this program offers the unique opportunity to live and volunteer alongside Israeli peers. Israel Corps focuses on the areas of sustainability, education, and coexistence on Kibbutz Harduf in the Galillee or ecotourism in the Negev.

As a member of the Israel Corps family, you will develop professional stills and take part in entrepreneurship and co-existence training workshops, Jewish service-learning seminars, Hebrew and Arabic language courses, project mentorship, and volunteer placements.

You will also explore parts of Israel you have never seen before with participants from all Masa Tlalim programs. This gives you the opportunity to meet many new friends from around the world!

Israel Corps is specially subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency’s “Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam” initiative, a service learning initiative supporting communities throughout the world and in Israel. As a part of Project TEN, eligible Israel Corps participants only pay $1,300, and the program covers meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars and more.

Areas of focus: Entrepreneurship, Coexistence, Social Action / Volunteering, Social Sciences, Education, International Humanitarian Work, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies
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Masa Bedouin Coexistence Fellows

The Bedouin Coexistence Fellowship is a 4.5-month elite service learning fellowship that consists of volunteering, social justice training, Arabic language courses, English teaching, experience in NGO work and Bedouin-Jewish co-existence in Israel. The Masa Bedouin Coexistence Fellowship aims to provide hands on experience for those wanting to start or build careers in social work, government, teaching, development and non profit work.

Choose from a variety of volunteer options based on your skills and interests and develop a social entrepreneurship venture for the citizens of the Negev. Live in the mixed city of Be’er Sheva while working and building meaningful programs for the Bedouin people of Rahat. Over the course of the fellowship, you will travel in a group with Bedouin and Jewish peers and learn about the land of Israel.

Areas of focus: Coexistence, Social Action / Volunteering, Education, International Humanitarian Work, Arabic
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Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv – Jaffa

Volunteer or intern for 5 or 10 months and learn about the issues facing Israeli society on the only post-college program with Israeli participants in the group. Work with refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, Arab-Jewish coexistence, and much more. Learn Hebrew, travel around Israel and get to know the country and society better than you ever thought possible.

Tikkun Olam’s Coexistence Track seeks to build mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs in the diverse communities of Jaffa through volunteer work and education, and by focusing locally on the issues facing Jews and Arabs in Israel today. The Social Action Track will immerse you in the multicultural communities of southern Tel Aviv in which you volunteer and study, offering a first-hand perspective into the struggling neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv.

Areas of focus: Coexistence, Education, International Humanitarian Work, Social Action / Volunteering
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Solidarity of Nations – Achvat Amim Human Rights Volunteering in Jerusalem

Achvat Amim, which means “solidarity of nations” in Hebrew, is a 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part.

Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. The program combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations.

Areas of focus: Coexistence, International Humanitarian Work, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Leadership, Social Action / Volunteering
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Yahel Social Change Program

The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in the city of Lod and the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood in Rishon LeZion. Yahel partners with the local organizations working primarily with Arab citizens of Israel, immigrants form the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopian-Israelis in the fields of education, community development, and youth-at-risk.

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work in local schools, youth centers, nonprofit organizations and community gardens and learn about important social justice issues such as minorities in Israel, community activism, relations between secular and religious populations, refugee and asylum seekers, and more.

Areas of focus: Education, Social Action / Volunteering
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