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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 4 weeks - Max 10 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion, Tel Aviv
Volunteer WorkMedical aid, administrative tasks
Number of Participants1 – 4 international volunteers
Age18 - 40

What's Included

AccommodationDormitory for 4 – 6 people
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
Health 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. The project center is located in South Tel Aviv. The area is known for its low socio-economic status and 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 in a health clinic in Tel Aviv founded in 2008 to provide free or heavily subsidized medical care to the growing African population there. The African population that the clinic treats is mostly from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ivory Coast, who 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 it faces 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, and laboratory and tests. The emergency care clinic is staffed with emergency care physicians and paramedics available at all times, equipped to perform suturing, casting, foreign body removal, and administration of IV fluids. The specialty clinic is host to a variety of specialty medical care such as dermatology, ENT, orthopedics, infectious diseases, pediatrics, OB/GYN, family medicine, psychiatry, etc. The clinic is also able to perform basic laboratory tests and imaging results at a very subsidized rate for its patients, giving the doctors some of the basic tools (blood work, X-RAYs, ultrasound, EKG testing) necessary for accurate diagnosis, leading to higher quality of care. 


Orientation in Jerusalem

The 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 travelling 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, volunteers 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

Volunteers on this project will assist according to their qualifications and experience level (within the legal constraints laid out by the Ministry of Health).

General volunteer duties may include:

  • Checking in patients as they arrive
  • Scheduling each doctor's patients for the day/week
  • Maintaining the order of the waiting room
  • Triaging incoming patients and determine their immediate needs
  • Health promotion - preparing brochures, workshops, and health days
  • Assisting researchers in the clinic

A flexible attitude and high level of patience as well as initiative are required for this project; communication with the patients is often quite difficult and requires a lot of creative problem solving and patience to understand the needs of each person in the clinic. 

Additionally, please keep in mind that the needs of the clinic are always changing - your volunteer duties may range and we appreciate an open mind when contributing to the clinic. 

Schedule: volunteers are expected to work from Sunday to Thursday around 6 hours per day (12 day volunteers will work on Friday as well).  


Living Arrangements

Accommodation: volunteers will stay at the Overstay TLV hostel in a shared dormitory for up to 8 people. Rooms are very basic and will include bunk beds and bed linens (please bring your own towels). Shared bathrooms with hot water showers and flushing toilets are located on the same floor. The hostel is located right in between South Tel Aviv and Jaffa - a 5 minute walk from the infamous Jaffa flea market, the beach, and Tel Aviv's up and coming Florentin area. Bikes are available for rent at the hostel at a very affordable price to cruise through the city and see the sites. 

Hostel facilities include: 

  • 24/7 reception and help desk
  • Safety boxes and lockers (please bring your own locks)
  • Outdoor garden area with pool, sound system, movie projector
  • Summer roof top lounge with couches and outdoor bar overlooking the city

Please note that it is possible to upgrade to a single or double room at an extra fee after registration. 

Food: basic breakfast provided at hostel (toast with spreads, tea, and coffee), with a fully equipped kitchen available for use. 

Internet: free Wi-Fi in the hostel

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


Travel Highlights

Tel Aviv is an amazing city that is energetic for 24 hours a day. There is a variety of cultural events, nightlife, art museaums, and shopping to explore. During the summer months the city becomes a melting pot for tourism, attracting people from all over the globe that come to enjoy the beach lifestyle and summer vibes.Some areas to visit are:

  • Yaffo
  • Old Tachana
  • Florentine
  • Dizingof Center
  • Hanamal (the port)
Israel itself has a fantastic selection of historic landmarks. Sleep in bedouin tents, climb Mount Masada, float in the Dead Sea, hike through the Golan Heights, and many more! This country has an endless supply of dynamic landscapes 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
  • 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 12 NIS per day).

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