Photos courtesy of Shachar Vahab
Welcome to a land that is bound to inspire you. Come meet its people of endless spirit and experience its wonderful sounds, tastes and sights. Oh, and that ever-shining sun. See the latest in innovation and technology. Together these ingredients combine to produce the fun, unique and creative experience called Israel. There’s no way of explaining the immaculate truth of what this experience gives you.
The word Kibbutz is derived from the Hebrew word that means GROUP. It is a modest name for something unique A kibbutz is a community where everyone lives and works on the kibbutz for the wellbeing of this community. Each kibbutz is completely different as to what they have as their main source of income, some are agricultural, some are tourist minded whilst others have small factories.
However essentially all the people that live and work on a kibbutz are called kibbutzniks and they all work for the greater and better of the community. It is the perfect world of socialism and as a volunteer you are giving up your time to work on a kibbutz and you become a part of this community where you are provided food, accommodation travel opportunities and great friendships.
The Kibbutz population accepts volunteers for a minimum period of two months and a maximum of six months. In the Kibbutz, the volunteers live and breathe the Kibbutz atmosphere, and during their stay they benefit from many of the social and material advantages of the Kibbutz. The opportunity to take part in the unique lifestyle of the Kibbutz community is a contingency found nowhere else in the world. The Kibbutz population welcomes the volunteers into their homes, and invites them to experience and partake in the daily life of their extraordinary community.
It is THE most magical experience ever as people from all walks of life, from all countries come to one place to experience the safety and uniqueness of a kibbutz. It is hard to put into words what your experience can capture whilst on a kibbutz, all I can say is that you will never regret it. – Amanda Muller
- Aged between 18 - 35
- Male & female
- SA & EU passport holders (passport still valid for at least 1 year)
- HIV-free certificate
- Medical certificate
- Kibbutz application from nearest OVC office.
Any time of the year.
April being the busiest month, so expect some delays in placement.
Initial visa is granted for 3 months, minimum stay is 2 months.
Visas take about 4 weeks to process.
The Kibbutz can assist you with a further 3-month extension.
ILS - 200ILS + 300ILS ( Insurance Ext) per 3 months
|Other fees||HIV Certificate (Varied)/ Police Clearance (R150)|
|Travel Insurance||From R1785|
|Airfare (approx)||+- R11 000|
|Recommended Spending Money||+- R15 000-R20 000 (Mandatory ILS400 deposit on arrival – refundable if all in good standing)|
Registration is simple, hassle-free and quick. Visas usually take 2-3 weeks. You will need to get the supplied Doctors Certificate completed and signed, proving you are fit and healthy, as well as an HIV Certificate. You are then ready to go.
- The program fee/visa fee and insurance are paid online in Shekels to our partner, KPC, when making your application with OVC in SA.
There are no pre-placements, but KPC will try to assist a request for a specific Kibbutz. Placement with friends can also be done.
- Please note you will be required to pay a deposit at the Kibbutz upon arrival (400 ILS - in CASH), as security against the Kibbutz belongings that the volunteers use during their stay.
What will I do?
The type of work you do at a Kibbutz will vary according to the season and the needs of the Kibbutz. Some general examples of what volunteers do: work in the laundry room, dining hall, factory, gardening, agricultural work or tourism services.
Look at this Video for great outlook on the Kibbutz and more information: https://youtu.be/Wwpjv2GFoA4
Did you know?
- Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
- Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books authored.
- Life expectancy at birth in Israel is 82 years (two years more than the OECD average).
- Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world.
- Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship among women and people over 55 in the entire world.
- With more than 3000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
Videos that will change your outlook on Israel:
Testimonial - Ruhan Grobler - Lahav 2015
"This experience gives you truth, even truth in your own country. It gives you an understanding of life, most of which can’t be bought on any organised trip. If you’re ready to learn, experience and feel, come make Israel your playground, and a Kibbutz your temporary home. It’ll probably be the best decision you’ll ever make!"