Heartland Experience

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The Heartland Experience

This 2-week Israel trip combines both touring and volunteering into an unforgettable adventure that will connect you to the land of Israel for life.

Come on this trip and you’ll get to travel throughout central Israel, visiting key sites in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. Instead of just hopping on and off the bus like most tours, you’ll be able to make a difference in each place through volunteer projects like planting trees, helping on farms, or participating in archaeological digs.

Along the way, you’ll meet some of Israel’s most incredible pioneers, hear from dynamic speakers, and forge friendships with your fellow trip members. 

The Heartland Experience is different from our other volunteer trips; it includes a pre-planned itinerary, more touring, and several nights in a hotel.

Dates & Prices

December 2022

arrive in Israel on December 7, 2022
depart Israel on December 21, 2022

Age 13+$2,640 + airfare
Ages 6 to 12$1,320 + airfare
Ages 0 to 5$528 + airfare

Coming as a family? Every 4th person age 13 and over is free! (applies to immediate family members only)

Last day to applyOctober 31, 2022
May 2023

arrive in Israel on May 16, 2023
depart Israel on May 29, 2023

Age 13+$2,640 + airfare
Ages 6 to 12$1,320 + airfare
Ages 0 to 5$528 + airfare

Coming as a family? Every 4th person age 13 and over is free! (applies to immediate family members only)

Last day to applyApril 4, 2023


The Heartland Experience trip includes lodging at our volunteer base for 11 nights and hotel lodging in Jerusalem for 3 nights.

This is what others are saying . . .

I would highly recommend going on the Heartland Experience trip with HaYovel. It wasn’t just a tour. It was much more than I expected, getting to participate in so many different types of work. All of the HaYovel group was a joy to be around and they went the extra mile and made me feel like I was part of their family. We also met many of the local people and the hospitality from each one was amazing. If you want to see the Bible come to life and see where most of it happened, this is the trip to take. You will never be the same afterwards.

from Texas, USA

I can’t say enough amazing things about the Heartland Experience trip with HaYovel! For 2 weeks we were treated to the most breathtaking sights in the Biblical heartland and the warmest hospitality from the HaYovel team. We experienced the true culture by meeting some of the Jewish people and got to work together with them on their farms and in their vineyards. This is not just a typical tour – this is a once in a lifetime experience that combines the opportunity to both serve the Jewish people and to go on exciting tour days in Israel.

from Missouri, USA

I recommend the Heartland Experience to anyone who has ever considered taking a tour to Israel.  It is an opportunity of a lifetime and it is the best way to gain perspective of the miracles of redemption God is performing. Each participant takes active, powerful, faithful steps to work and be a part of this Kingdom of Israel redemption in our generation. It is such a blessing to serve and be the salt and light with our prayers, hands, and feet in the Heartland! It is transformational!

from New Mexico, USA

As a solo traveler and first-time visitor, I found this to be a most elegant way to experience Israel. The volunteer work imparts a sense of meaning, and friendships develop easily in pursuit of common goals. We saw a rich variety of historic and sacred places, and met many locals who expressed their passion and dedication to this beautiful land. I left feeling I had seen it for real, and having a tiny part in making the desert bloom. Grateful to the HaYovel team for sharing this place with us.

from Texas, USA

More About This Trip


For most of your trip, you’ll be staying in a room at our volunteer base on the Mount of Blessing, located in central Israel. Our accommodations are similar to a hostel and are simple, but still comfortable and with all basic amenities. Restrooms and showers are located in a separate building. If you come with your spouse or your family, you’ll be rooming with them. If you come by yourself, you will room with one or two fellow volunteers.

While we are volunteering and touring in the Jerusalem and Judea region, we’ll be staying three nights at a hotel in Jerusalem.


We will help you book your flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. When you arrive at the airport, we’ll be there to pick you up. Transportation is already arranged for your entire stay in Israel and is included in the price of the trip. For smaller groups, we will travel by 9-passenger vans. For larger groups, we will use private busses. At the conclusion of your trip, someone from our team will take you back to Tel Aviv in time for your departure flight.


We have a team of chefs running our on-site kitchen and serving three delicious meals every day for our volunteers. All meals are covered in your trip cost.

When we travel or tour in certain locations, such as Jerusalem, there will be an opportunity to eat out at local restaurants. You can pay for this on your own, or if you’d rather not spend the money, our kitchen team will provide a lunch you can pack and take with you for no extra cost.

You can let us know about any allergies or dietary restrictions that you have when you submit your application.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work will vary with each trip and each location, but will include things like:

  • Planting trees
  • Archeological work
  • Restoring/beautifying ancient sites
  • Picking up trash
  • Rebuilding stone terraces (ancient walls)

Each place you go will be a combination of volunteer work and touring an incredible historical or biblical site in Israel’s heartland.

You’ll also be meeting new people every day who will share their stories with you, give inspiring teachings, and help equip you to be an effective and trained advocate for Israel’s land and people.

Approximate Itinerary

Each Heartland Experience trip is slightly different depending on the season and current volunteer projects. However, the outline below will give you an idea of what to expect. Click on any of the green links for a pop-up to learn more about that place or person.

Wake up to breathtaking views from the Mt. of Blessing


Enjoy a sunrise breakfast at the top of Elon Moreh


Visit Shiloh and meet the founder, Era Rappaport


Travel along the Biblical Highway


Walk where the Tabernacle stood back in biblical times


Visit the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem


Explore the streets of Jerusalem and shop for souvenirs


Volunteer at the City of David farm or archaeology dig


Meet Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz at Arugot Farms


Meet Yishai Fleisher and volunteer in Hebron


Volunteer on farms in Judea

What do I need to do?

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


Choose your favorite trip and click “apply”. Follow the instructions to submit your application.

It will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to fill out your application and will require a photocopy of your passport and a $200 non-refundable processing fee (this amount will be deducted from your trip cost).


Once you submit your application and pay your processing fee, someone from our staff team will reach out to you and schedule a phone call. On this call, you’ll have the opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have and we’ll give you additional details about what to expect and what you should bring with you.


After you talk with one of our staff members, we’ll let you know how and when to book your flight to Israel. It’s very important that you DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHT until you receive a go-ahead from our staff team. We will be filing the paperwork for your visa to enter the country as well as picking you up from the airport. We’ll let you know when it’s okay to book a ticket.


Between when you submit your application and the day you arrive in Israel, we’ll send you all the information you need to be prepared, pack everything you need, and be ready for a life-changing experience you will remember forever.

We’ll be waiting at the airport for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can come on this trip?

Everyone is welcome on our Heartland Experience trips – young and old, guys and gals, families and singles.

The volunteer projects are only as strenuous as you want them to be. We encourage everyone to be part of each activity to get the most out of their trip, but if you are elderly or have young children to take care of, there is no obligation to participate in everything. Feel free to reach out to our volunteer enrollment team at enrollment@hayovel.com if you have questions about if this trip is a good fit for you or not.

Are there any vaccination or COVID-19 testing requirements?

No vaccine is required. As of March 1, 2022, Israel is welcoming foreigners from abroad regardless of vaccination status or COVID recovery status.

No testing is required. As of May 20, 2022, all PCR testing and quarantine requirements have been lifted for foreigners entering Israel from abroad.

Please note that if you live in certain countries (such as Canada) your local government may have restrictions in place for people leaving and/or re-entering the country. Please check the current travel requirements for your country of residence before planning your Israel trip.

Does this trip include all the usual tourist sites?

The Heartland Experience trip focuses on sites and volunteer projects in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Many of these places are important biblical and historical places that are never on the itinerary for most Israel tours. There is so much to learn and discover in Judea and Samaria and we think you’ll love every moment of it and have no regrets. You’ll also get to spend time in Jerusalem and go to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Some other well-known tourist sites such as the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are NOT part of the Heartland Experience trip.

Do I need a visa to go to Israel?

All you need to do is fill out an application here on our website and we will take care of the rest. After you submit your application for one of our 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, South America, Europe, Australia or Hong Kong, you are most likely eligible for a visa. If you are coming from Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, please contact our volunteer enrollment team (enrollment@hayovel.com) to find out if Israel allows citizens from your country to come volunteer.

Can I take a few days before or after my trip to tour, visit friends, or volunteer with another organization?

No. All volunteers coming on a trip with HaYovel must arrive and depart from Israel on the designated trip dates, and must remain with and under the supervision of our organization during the entire duration of their visit to Israel. Israel’s Ministry of the Interior is generously issuing special volunteer visas for anyone coming on a trip with HaYovel. There are certain conditions which apply to this visa, one of which is that all of our volunteers must stay with the HaYovel group for the entire duration of their stay in the country, entering and exiting on the specified trip dates.


Check out our FAQ page, or get in touch with our team. We'd love to hear from you!