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volunteer with hayovel

Experience Israel’s Biblical Heartland through faith-based volunteering.

  • Get your fingers dirty in Israel’s soil
  • Meet the people
  • Fulfill 3,000 year-old prophecy
  • Go off the beaten track

WARNING: our programs are not your typical Israel tour.

ALL 2021 VOLUNTEER TRIPS HAVE BEEN CANCELED

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions put in place by the government of Israel, no volunteers are being allowed into the country right now. We’ve had to cancel all our fall and winter trips for the rest of the year.

If you had already applied for one of these trips and paid part or all of your trip fees (even if you just paid your application processing fee), please contact us at enrollment@hayovel.com and we will issue you a full refund (or you can choose to have your funds put towards a 2022 volunteer trip).

Our programs are centered around volunteering for small Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria, while at the same time giving you the experience of a lifetime.

Our volunteer trips are for everyone.

No prior agricultural experience needed. Everyone is welcome – young and old, men and women, families and singles.

No tour buses are involved in our trips.

(okay, sometimes we use a bus, but we usually get it dirty)

 

Here’s what a trip looks like:

Volunteering

  • In the summer and fall, work out in the fields harvesting grapes and olives.
  • In the winter and spring, work out in the fields pruning grapevines.
  • Plant trees (year-round)
  • Harvest various other types of produce depending on the season

Experience Israel

  • Every place we volunteer is a place you can read about in your Bible!
  • Most volunteer days are combined with an opportunity to visit a biblical or historical site.
  • Go off the beaten track and experience the places where most tours don't get to go.

Meet Israel’s Pioneers

  • As you volunteer and travel throughout Israel's heartland, you'll have the opportunity to meet and spend time with locals inside their homes and communities.
  • Israel's pioneers and influencers will visit our volunteer base in the evenings to speak and share their stories.

Be Immersed in Jewish Culture

  • Celebrate the biblical festivals and holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot or Purim (depending on the season and trip dates)
  • Celebrate a fun, inspiring and memorable Israel-style Shabbat every Friday evening/Saturday
  • Grow in your faith through weekly teachings and Bible studies that focus on Israel.

Make a Difference

  • Show the people of Israel your support in a real and tangible way that leaves them encouraged, strengthened and even speechless.
  • Every day is an opportunity to bless the farmers and people of Israel’s heartland in a powerful and impactful way.
  • Buy your souvenirs from local family-owned businesses in Judea and Samaria

Become Equipped

  • Receive real, first-hand experience that will enable you to be an authority in discussions about Israel.
  • Receive training that will enable you to be advocate to your family and community on behalf of Israel.
  • Take home the tools you need to be an ambassador for Israel.

Picture This . . .

Check out these photos from previous volunteer trips

What Others Are Saying . . .

  • The best spiritual experience of my life. A labour of pure love in the vineyards of Samaria is an act of gratitude for what Christ has done for me and my family. It is a spiritual investment in a generational future.

    Clive
    Western Cape, South Africa
  • The time I spent with HaYovel was the greatest and most unforgettable time I have ever had, in my trips to Israel… It was such a blessing to work side by side, with my brethren, picking grapes, touring, and meeting our Jewish friends.

    Mary
    Texas, USA
  • The experience of a lifetime. Knowing you are fulfilling prophecy by working the vineyards in Samaria has been the most fulfilling event in my spiritual life since my salvation experience in 1970.

    Paul
    Oklahoma, USA
  • The HaYovel team is by far the most adorable group I have ever experienced. The amazement of connections was overwhelming joyous. His love and discipline was abundant. I would most definitely challenge any soul who has a deep desire to follow HaShem, go to Israel!!

    Darrell
    BC, Canada
  • I experienced the Bible, the Word of God, not anymore as reading a book, but alive. The places and events from the past and nowadays are now connected in my mind and I have started to understand in a different way my Bible. I discovered a completely new world for me.

    Valentin
    Sofia, Bulgaria
  • I’ve been to several pruning trips with HaYovel, and each one has been very life changing and defining for me as a man. I would highly recommend the pruning trip to any man that places a high value on pursuing God, investing in the live’s of others, and being challenged to grow as a man.

    Joseph
    Colorado, USA
  • To know we are fulfilling prophecy by picking grapes in the hills of Samaria is amazing. HaShem makes a way where there seems no way to be in Israel.

    Margaret
    Arkansas, USA
  • Meeting other people who also want to follow and believe in every word, every dot of the Bible was a very liberating experience. Within the first few days I felt completely at peace, which is a feeling I had forgotten a while back. Between that and being part of a prophecy, volunteering in Israel, I can assure you I will never forget this trip, which I hope is the first of many.

    Aurora
    Spain
  • Our eyes were really opened to the struggles of the Jewish people in Samaria and Judea as they settle their Land. Seeing first hand biblical prophecy coming to life as we worked in the vineyards was very gratifying. We are thankful to have been able to experience Israel with the other volunteers from all over the world as well as the HaYovel staff. You made us feel very welcome and gave us great insight into the land of Israel.

    Blaine & Lori
    Iowa, USA
  • That I may walk on the promised land of God, to touch the smiles and hearts of the God’s chosen people, that I may worship the Almighty God in His Holy City of Jerusalem, to live on the Mount of Blessings… those are great and unforgettable experiences.

    Yordanka
    Sofia, Bulgaria
  • I committed my life to following Jesus forty years before my family and I first went to the harvest. I loved Israel before going; now I know why—seeing the land come alive and His Jewish people doing whatever it takes to reclaim their eternal inheritance!

    Sue
    Colorado, USA
  • My experience with HaYovel has been a learning experience like no other. It has helped me to see the significance of what we are doing in Israel and how it coincides with fulfilling prophesy. It also has helped put into perspective God’s role of Israel in His great plan for humanity. And has greatly increased my love for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

    Joel
    Texas
  • I love the God of the Bible… Serving in His Land and among His People has allowed me to get to know Him in a deeper, more real way. Now I read the stories in the Bible with different eyes. Before, I read the play; now I have been on the stage and it has all become so much more ALIVE and REAL!!!!

    Renee
    Colorado, USA

How Does it Work?

Signing up for a trip is simple. All you need to do is follow these 4 easy steps:

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to go to Israel?

Traveling to Israel and spending time volunteering in Judea and Samaria (which some call the West Bank) is much safer than you think.
 
Think about the nearest large city to where you live (or perhaps you live in a big city). If you follow your local news channel, you know that there are robberies, burglaries, and even shootings and murders that happen on a weekly if not daily basis. No matter where you are in the world, there is some degree of risk.
 
In Israel, yes, there are terror attacks. Yes, there are people that have been killed by terrorists. But having spent the last sixteen years working in Israel and hosting volunteer programs,  we can guarantee you that coming to Israel is much safer than one would assume from watching international news headlines. Because Israel is so much in the international spotlight, every single incident that happens here gets blown way out of proportion and then circulated around the globe.
 
Our volunteer base camp is located within secure perimeters that are protected by the Israeli military day and night. In addition to this, there is Israeli military presence guarding the roads and highways that we travel to get to and from different locations as we volunteer and tour. Statistically, the most dangerous part about your trip to Israel is when you make the drive from your house to your closest airport to get on your flight.

Do I need a vaccine to enter Israel?

Yes. The government of Israel has issued a requirement that all incoming travelers have the COVID-19 vaccine and be able to provide certified proof upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. No exceptions are being considered at this time.

If you have had the COVID-19 vaccine, or plan to get it between now and your trip to Israel, register below for any of our 2021 volunteer trips.

This is a not a requirement of HaYovel as an organization and our trips will be available to everyone once the government of Israel begins allowing entry for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

This answer was last updated on June 22, 2021

What is the volunteer work like?

We volunteer on small farms owned by Jewish people throughout the mountains of central Israel. Historically, this area was known for its world-class vineyards and the prophets of the bible specifically mention grapes, vineyards and wine when speaking about the restoration that God promised He would bring back to the Land of Israel. Because of this, the biggest need that the farmers have is for help in the vineyards.

This is quite significant because the prophet Isaiah wrote over 2,700 years ago about the day when foreigners would come to Israel from other nations to tend and harvest the vineyards (see Isaiah chapter 61). This is happening for the first time in our generation!

From late July to late October is the harvest season where the grapes ripen (different grapes ripen at different times throughout these several months). If you come during this time of the year, volunteer work will mostly consist of harvesting grapes on farms throughout Israel.

The winter pruning season begins in mid-January and goes until mid-March. This is when all the vines lose their leaves and go dormant. Each vine needs to be pruned by hand and have all the branches cut back. This is a crucial process to maintain the health of the vine and ensure a bountiful harvest later in the year. If you come during this season (our men’s trip) volunteer work will consist mostly of pruning vines.

Other volunteer work that we do at various times of the year includes harvesting olives, harvesting fruit orchards, planting trees and planting grapevines.

Working on the farms of Israel is fun and not overly-strenuous. You’ll enjoy it! We try to get up early each morning and make it out to the fields by sunrise so that we can work during the coolest and most pleasant part of the day. We usually wrap up work in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day to explore biblical and historical sites in the area (or go back to camp for a nap, fellowship with other volunteers, or relaxation time before dinner).

How much does it cost?

The typical cost to come on one of our volunteer trips is $1,320 per person for a 2-week trip and $1,760 per person for a 3-week trip. On average, our trip costs are only half what it costs to come on a typical Israel tour of the same length. Keep scrolling to check out the exact dates and prices for our upcoming trips (we also have longer trips and discipleship programs you can apply for).

This cost includes all your food, housing and transportation as well as your visa to enter the country. This cost does not include airfare from your hometown to the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The cost for airfare to Israel depends on where you live and what time of year you are flying. The average cost to fly from the United States or Canada is between $1,000 and $1,200 per person, round-trip.

Coming as a family? We have great family discounts! Children ages 6 to 12 get 50% off, children 0 to 5 get 80% off, and every 4th adult family member (13 and older) is free!

What ages are these trips suitable for?

We welcome volunteers of all ages from zero to 120. Our organization is very family-friendly and our staff families have children of all ages that work alongside us here in Israel. We encourage families to come and experience Israel together by bringing their children with them. There is something for everyone to do in the vineyard, no matter how young or old. We have many families come with babies who come along with mom and dad to the fields in a stroller or carrier.

Elders and senior citizens are valuable assets to the terms am as well! Don’t let your age hold you back from coming to Israel and making an impact for God’s Kingdom. Although we are working outdoors in the sunshine for several hours at a time, the work is not very strenuous and everyone can work at their own pace, taking breaks when needed. We do encourage those who are coming to prepare themselves physically by spending time outside, taking walks and getting some exercise in the weeks leading up to their Israel trip.

If you have certain medical conditions or are over a certain age, we may ask you to send us a letter from your doctor giving you permission to travel internationally. If you are older and thinking about coming to Israel, watch this encouraging video from Sharril Sherwood, one of our elder volunteers.

What are the accommodations like?

Lodging is at our volunteer base in central Israel, located on Har Bracha (the Mount of Blessing, the very place mentioned in Deuteronomy and Joshua!). The rooms are dormitory-style, with campground-style bathrooms, showers, and laundromat (very close by, approximately 20 yards).

Single men and women will be housed in dorms along with 2-3 others. Dorm rooms for singles are outfitted with cots (similar to bunk beds). Couples and families will receive their own room with a bed and mattress, and families will receive 1-2 rooms, depending on family size.

Linens are provided! Towels, soap and shampoo, and other amenities are not provided – you will need to bring your own.

There are no additional costs for lodging. Everything is included in the price of the trip.

Do I need a visa or special paperwork to enter Israel?

All you need to do is fill out an application here on our site and we will take care of the rest. After you submit your application for one of our volunteer trips, we will process your application, send your information to Israel’s Ministry of the Interior and request a volunteer visa in your name.

When you land in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israeli customs and border control will have your information on file and will issue you a visa to enter the country. After you submit your application, we’ll be in touch and send you additional details about what to do once you land in Israel.

Please note that Israel only issues volunteer visas for citizens of certain countries. If you are coming from North America, Europe, Australia or Hong Kong, you are most likely eligible for a visa. If you are coming from South America, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, please contact our volunteer enrollment team (enrollment@hayovel.com) and to find out if Israel allows citizens from your country to come volunteer.

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Most tours do not cross into the so-called West Bank.

This is a shame, because 85% of our bible was either written, or took place in Israel’s rich heartland.

For the last sixteen years, HaYovel has been bringing Christians from all over the world to Judea and Samaria. This has given us the opportunity to serve 12-15 small farmers every year located all throughout the region.

Even though our programs focus on volunteer service, we find that most people connect to the land and people of Israel in an incredibly deep way.

Imagine harvesting grapes across the street from where the tabernacle dwelt for 369 years.

Or picture yourself pruning vines on the Mt of Blessing where Jesus ministered to the woman at the well. You will meet the local people of Judea and hear their stories of courage and pioneering.

The Scriptures are replete with prophecies about Israel’s mountains and heartland coming back to life. Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, and Amos talk about the mountains blooming, vineyards coming back to life, the Jewish people settling here once again, AND the nations coming to participate in all of these prophetic acts. That means YOU!

Come to Israel with one of our programs.

It’s a deep dive into the restoration of God’s Kingdom back to the land and people of Israel. Instead of just sitting on the sidelines, you will be an active participant on God’s global stage.

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