- Northeastern University: March 2 - 12, 2017 - Brandeis University: February 16 - 26, 2017 - During YOUR Spring Break! If you'd like to bring this program to your school, fill out the above form.
2. What does the Volunteers for Israel program entail?
Students will live on an Israel Defense Forces base and mingle with the soldiers, will wear IDF uniforms, and will eat with the soldiers at the mess hall on the base. The flag ceremony every morning is mandatory and sometimes one of the volunteers would get an honor of actually raising the flag. Volunteer duties vary, but usually consist of things like working in the kitchen, packing medical supplies, refurbishing machinery, or similar activities that allow the soldiers to focus on their important duties.
3. What is included in the program?
Sar-El, the Israeli organization that Volunteers for Israel works with, provides free room, board (meals), and work fatigues. Airfare is provided by the local organization at each school partnering with VFI.
4. What do I need to pay for?
The program cost is heavily subsidized by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Volunteers for Israel. The cost for each trip varies slightly by school, but is usually no more than $500. The Northeastern 2017 program is heavily subsidized to just $150 and the Brandeis 2017 trip costs just $300.
5. Who is eligible?
Students of all backgrounds are welcome. Students with Israeli citizenship need to have their IDF deferment papers in order, or risk joining the IDF for real.
6. Will there be staff assigned to our delegation?
Yes, at least one madrich from the IDF Sar-El Soldiers Unit will be assigned to each delegation. They are specially trained and are professionals. They will meet the students at the beginning of the program and will live on the same base as the students. Their responsibility is to handle all work and living arrangements for their group and to organize the evening activities.