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Israel - Refugee Health Clinic in Tel Aviv

Contribute to a free health clinic for the growing community of African refugees in Israel and help improve the quality of life for so many who struggle for affordable health care. Discover the vibrant city that never sleeps while having an unforgettable experience and impact on those seeking a better life in Israel.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectTel Aviv, Israel
Project LengthMin 6 weeks - Max 10 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion, Tel Aviv
Volunteer WorkMedical aid, administrative tasks
Number of Participants1 – 4 international volunteers
Age21 - 35

What's Included

AccommodationShared dorm room in a hostel
FoodBasic breakfast included at hostel
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr support
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Insurance Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel

What's Not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Tel Aviv (budget around $10), local buses from hostel to project ($3 per day, 10 minutes), travel and medical insurance, personal expenses.
* Please note that this project cannot accept short-term bookings. Registration must come in at least 2 months prior to your desired start date.


Tel Aviv-Yaffo is the largest metropolitan area in Israel. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the city boasts a popular coastline, attracting tourists from all around the globe. There is a variety of cultural events, nightlife, art museums, and shopping to explore. The clinic is located in South Tel Aviv, an area is known for its low socio-economic status but holds onto its historic architecture and style. It is also the center of the refugee community.


About the Project

Volunteers on this program will be assisting qualified medical professionals at health clinic in Tel Aviv founded in 2008 for the purposes of providing free or heavily subsidized medical care to the growing African refugee population in the city.  The patients, mostly from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ivory Coast, have sought a better life in Israel for themselves and families. Many of the patients come from all over Israel seeking affordable health care because they do not legally qualify for the National Health Care coverage and cannot afford to pay out of their own pocket for the necessary medical treatment. 

With a recent increase in funding, the clinic has grown into a multi-faceted facility, able to address the variety of health conditions and traumas that patients face on a daily basis.  , from illnesses that are more prevalent in the developing world such as malaria, jaundice, and dermatological infections and wounds, to illnesses common in the western world such as diabetes and heart conditions. The clinic is divided into three main departments: emergency care, specialty clinic (dermatology, ENT, orthopedics, infectious diseases, pediatrics, OB/GYN, family medicine, psychiatry, etc.), and laboratory and tests.


Orientation in Jerusalem

Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers and travelers and includes the following:

  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
  • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
  • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)

The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to Tel Aviv with public transportation.  Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

There is so much to be done at this clinic that you will need to take some initiative to make sure tasks are completed.  While you will have quite a lot of contact with the refugees, your job will not be related to treating them.  Rather, you will be given duties so that the full-time doctors and nurses can focus on patient care.  Your role and responsibilities are assigned depending on the amount of time you volunteer.

If you are volunteering for 6 to 8 weeks, your role will include the following:

  • Health promotion - preparing brochures, workshops, and health days to benefit the refugee community
  • Assisting researchers in the clinic, such as handing out questionnaires and collecting data on the computer
  • General social media and website content (For English speakers only)

If you are volunteering for more than 8 weeks, your duties will include the tasks mentioned above as well as:  

  • Checking in patients as they arrive
  • Scheduling each doctor's patients and follow-ups
  • Maintaining the order of the waiting room

If you are a medical professional (nurse, pharmacist, paramedics, etc) you will be given tasks related to your field, under the guidance of the staff.  If you are a four- year medical student or higher, you will become a doctor's assistant and will receive supervision.  Please note that doctors with a medical license will not be able to work with the patients directly.  

A flexible attitude and high level of patience is required for this project; communication with the refugees can be difficult due to language and cultural barriers so it may require some creative problem solving and patience to understand the needs of each person in the clinic. 

A typical day: You will work at the office and be able to jump into whatever tasks need to be done each day and do your best to assist the patients, nurses and doctors.  

You will work 3 - 5 days per week with a minimum of a 5 hour shift during the clinic's operation hours which are from 8am - 8pm.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.


Living Arrangements

Accommodation: You will stay at a hostel in a same-sex dorm room with 5 other people and a shared bathroom.  The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV, and a closet.  A female only dorm room, which holds up to 4 other people, is also available upon request. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach. 

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.  

Food: A  traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby. 

Internet: There is free Wi-Fi at the hostel.

Laundry: Washing machines available at about US$7 per wash. 


Travel Highlights

Israel itself has a fantastic selection of historic and religious landmarks. You can sleep in Bedouin tents, climb Mount Masada, float in the Dead Sea or hike through the Golan Heights.  You can travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra.  This country has an endless supply of dynamic landscapes, wildlife and activities on offer.  


Minimum Requirements

  • Min age 18 – Max age 40
  • High level of independence
  • High level of English. Hebrew, Arabic, and/or Tigrinya a large plus
  • Basic computer skills
  • C.V, interview, and police clearance certificate
  • Motivation to work with with people
  • Flexible attitude and high level of patience
  • Full travel & medical insurance


Important Notes

Each work day, volunteers will take the bus from the hostel to the project (around 10 minutes, extra fee 13 NIS per day).


Here's an excerpt of Casey's experience:



"For someone looking into the medical field, this is something that every student dreams of as a volunteer experience. While at the clinic, I was able to get to know the staff. They were so welcoming and helpful the entire time. I have a love for the refugees residing in Israel, and this experience has further pushed my desire to be a doctor."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!



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