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.
|Location of Project||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Project Length||Min 6 weeks - Max 10 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv|
|Volunteer Work||Medical aid, administrative tasks|
|Number of Participants||1 – 4 international volunteers|
|Age||21 - 35|
|Accommodation||Dormitory for up to 16 people|
|Food||Basic breakfast included at hostel|
|Support||Local 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
|* 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. Your role will be to assist with administrative duties so that the full-time doctors and nurses can focus on patient care. While you will have quite a lot of contact with the refugees, your job will not be related to treating them.
- General volunteer duties may include:
- Checking in patients as they arrive
- Scheduling each doctor's patients and follow-ups
- Maintaining the order of the waiting room
- Health promotion - preparing brochures, workshops, and health days to benefit the refugee community
- Assisting researchers in the clinic
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.
Accommodation: You will stay at a hostel in a shared mixed-sex dormitory for up to 16 people. Your room may be shared with other guests at the hostel who are not volunteering with GoEco. Rooms are very basic and include bunk beds and bed linens (please bring your own towels). Each bed has it's own curtain which you can close in order to have some privacy. The hostel has shared bathrooms with hot water showers and flushing toilets. You can leave your small valuables (phone, iPads, laptops, wallets, etc) in a locked box at the reception desk. The hostel is located right 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.
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 hostel from 7:30am - 9:30am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea). You can prepare your own lunch and dinner in the fully equipped kitchen at the hostel and you can buy your groceries at one of the many markets in the area. There are also 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.
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.
- 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
Each work day, volunteers will take the bus from the hostel to the project (around 10 minutes, extra fee 13 NIS per day).