Volunteering on a kibbutz is a tradition that thousands of adventurers from all over the world have undertaken from the founding of Israel until today. Participants must be between 19 and 35 years old. Volunteer opportunities range from two and a half to six months. The cost of the program is $660, which includes a $350 non-refundable registration fee and a $310 program fee. These fees cover health insurance and visa application costs. While working on kibbutz, volunteers are provided with room, board, and a small amount of pocket money.
As a Kibbutz Volunteer, you will be placed on one of approximately 30 kibbutzim throughout Israel. You receive your placement once you are in Israel. We cannot provide a list of participating kibbutzim at any point as placement is handled by the office in Israel.
For more information, see our Application Process and Forms tab and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab below.
American and Canadian citizens should contact the Kibbutz Program Center in New York should register on this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Others should contact the Kibbutz Program Center in Israel at email@example.com.
- Meet volunteers from all over the world
- Cheap, simple way to spend time in Israel
- A real taste of kibbutz and Israeli life
- Now accepting Kibbutz Volunteers at age 19!
You can begin volunteering ANY TIME YOU WOULD LIKE but:
- Your paperwork and payment must be complete and in our hands by the 10th of the month before you plan to arrive in Israel. Otherwise, we will not have enough time to process your visa.
- Your passport must be valid for at least a year after your planned arrival date in Israel.
- Space is LIMITED and applications are considered on a first come first serve basis.
A VOLUNTEER CAN BEGIN THE PROGRAM ANYTIME THEY WOULD LIKE AS LONG AS WE HAVE THEIR PAPERWORK BY THE 10TH OF THE MONTH BEFORE.
To complete your application process, please submit the follow items:
- Application – Click the Register Now Button
- Registration Fee – Chose Registration Fee and click Make a Payment
- Medical Form – Signed by you and signed AND stamped by your doctor
- Appendix to the Medical Form
- Volunteer Declaration
- 2 Letters of Recommendation/Character References
- A Photocopy of Your Passport – Picture must be visible and text must be legible
- Interview – Conducted after All Forms are Received
The follow forms are available online: Kibbutz Volunteering Application Kibbutz Volunteering Medical Form Kibbutz Volunteering Information
Popular Questions and Answers for the Kibbutz Program Center
How do I apply?
Click "Register Now" at the top of this page and fill out the designated form. Once we received that, we will respond with more information, the full application, and the medical form. Paying the non-refundable deposit of $350 or paying in full, $610, secures your spot in the program. If you decided to volunteer for more than three months, you will have to pay an additional $80 to the office in Israel in order to extend your visa and health insurance.
On the application, how do I answer: Name of Kibbutz representative and agency?
If you are an American or Canadian citizen then please answer “KPC New York.” If you are from another country then write out the name of that country.
What is this Medical certificate that you ask for?
You need a statement from a doctor stating that you are physically and mentally healthy and fit for work in the kibbutz. Some kibbutzim also ask for updated blood tests.
Once I arrive in Israel, how do I get to your office in Tel Aviv from the airport?
The KPC office in Israel is at 6 Frishman Street. Tel Aviv 61030. One option is to take bus 475 from the airport to Tel Aviv central bus station. Take bus no. 4 to Ben Yehuda ST and ask for Frishman St. If you arrive in the early morning wait in the airport for the first bus. Another option is to take the train via Tel Aviv-central stop (Arlozorov St) and then bus no. 10 to Ben Yehuda St. Please arrive NO LATER THAN 10AM. The office in Tel Aviv is open from 8:00 to 14:00, so, if you arrive in the afternoon or on the weekends (Friday and Saturday) and will have to spend the night in Tel Aviv, take the same bus to Tel Aviv and book in to a hostel. Then go to their office the following morning or Sunday morning. Remember that our weekend is Friday and Saturday and that Sunday is a regular weekday with regular office hours.
Can you recommend a nice hostel?
Hayarkon 48 Hostel
48 Hayarkon St, Tel Aviv
TEL: 972-3 5168989 & FAX: 972-3 5103113 firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Ben yehuda St., Tel Aviv
Tel: 972-3- 5287471
34 Ben Yehuda St., Tel Aviv
Tel: 972-3-6200044 Skyhostel@walla.com In the summer, we recommend that you book in advance.
Can situations occur where I won’t have a kibbutz to go to straight away?
Almost all volunteers come to the office in Tel Aviv with their luggage and go straight on to the kibbutz after their registration. Sometimes in the high season a small part of the volunteer have to wait in the hostels a few days until there is an available kibbutz for them.
Can I know which kibbutz I will go to before I leave my country for Israel?
Unfortunately, the answer is NO. When you come to the office in Tel Aviv, you will be interviewed briefly and the placed in accordance with available kibbutzim and the requirements of the work branches that are available.
Can I choose my work?
Almost all volunteers START their stay in the kibbutz working in the services (kitchen, dining room and laundry) and then MOVE to other work in the kibbutz until they find the place that they like.
• The Kibbutz is like no other place in Israel . . . actually it is like no other place in the world! Becoming a part of the community was life changing. Long live the Kibbutz! -Alex, Michigan
• I am having a great time so far, I love the kibbutz I'm on and the other volunteers are great. I'm loving every second of it so far. Thank you so much for all of your help to get here. I'm so happy! - Max, New York
• So far the experience (volunteering) has been quite interesting. It started off very overwhelming. Life in a new country usually is. I have only been here for a month and I already notice a change in myself. I have never been among such a diverse group of people before. The majority of my friends come from a different country. Living in America all my life has only allowed me to see one point of view. Living in Israel is an eye opening experience. - Craig, Illinois
• I volunteered on Kibbutz Mashabei Sade in the fall of 1995 and enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I milked cows; I harvested chickens; I helped build refrigerator parts side-by-side with Russian olim. When I wasn't contributing to the Kibbutz "economy," I was studying in the Kibbutz ulpan, getting beat in basketball by Kibbutzniks, and enjoying the simple, peace and quiet of the Negev while living among folks appreciative of a lending hand. While there, I learned a lot about Israeli history and politics. I experienced a sense of community that eluded me in the United States - and continues to elude me. And I learned a lot about myself and what is important in this world. It was a life-changing experience that I would do again if I could. I highly recommend it. -Rob Jordan, NY