Israel – Guiding People with Special Needs

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Become a mentor, companion and friend to people of all ages with special needs. Dedicate your time in Tel aviv to a variety of rehabilitative and care centers for a rewarding experience!

Program Highlights:

  • Help to brighten the days of those with special days
  • Volunteers can choose from a variety of placement options
  • Assist in rehabilitative, educational and creative, playful tasks
  • Orientation and guided tour of the White City is provided upon arrival
  • Have two free days each week to explore Israel’s wonders


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment*):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Volunteers will make their own way to their hostel accommodations in Tel Aviv. Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv, is provided on this day.

Days 2-4, Monday-Thursday: Rewarding volunteer work at your choice of placement. Working hours vary by placement. Volunteers at the Leisure Program / Social Club placement will not work Mondays or Thursdays.

Days 5-6, Friday-Saturday: Most volunteers have Fridays and Saturdays off to rest or explore.

Day 7, Sunday: Rewarding volunteer work at your choice of placement.

Day 8, Monday: Departure day for volunteers staying only one week. Regular workday for volunteers staying longer.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of working Monday-Thursday, and having Fridays and Saturdays free. Departures are on a Monday.

*Certain placements have minimum commitments of two weeks or more. Please check under “Volunteer Work” for details about each placement option.

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Location icon Location of the Project: Tel Aviv, Israel

Project length Project length: Min 1 week – Max 10 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Mentoring, child care, companionship

Age Age:  18 – 80

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared dorm room in a hostel

Food Food: Breakfast is provided each day

Orientation Orientation: Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv, is provided upon arrival.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, travel health insurance, lunch and dinner, round trip airport transfers (approximately $30), daily transportation to project site (approximately $3, one hour each way), personal expenses, visa (if required)

Tel Aviv streches along the Mediterranean coast of central-west Israel, offering miles of beach, plentiful beachfront venues and a multitude of water activities, from surfing to sailing to stand-up paddle boarding. As a bustling metropolis with a vibrant nightlife, Tel Aviv truly lives up to its name as “the city that never sleeps.” Between its collection of Bauhaus buildings, high-tech start-ups and open-air markets, known as shuks, Tel Aviv is one of the true gems of Israel.


This project collaborates with a non-profit organization established in 1991 whose mission is to promote and integrate people with special needs into their local communities. For over 20 years, this organization has been working to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs of all ages, regardless of religion, race or nationality, by providing them with high quality support and rehabilitation services.

This organization operates on the belief that every individual has the right to develop to his/her greatest potential and applies a combined physical, social, psychological and paramedical approach to do so. Serving newborns to seniors with a range of intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, this organization stands by its vision that individuals with special needs have the right and ability to live a life of dignity and independence while being active participants in the community.

Orientation (included): Orientation will take place in Tel Aviv on Sunday upon arrival.

  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv


Rehabilitative Daycare for Children with Developmental Delays: This daycare center serves over 45 infants and toddlers with developmental delays, providing them with individualized treatment and rehabilitation services and support for their family members.

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks
Age of clients: 6 months – 3 years old
Volunteer times: Sunday-Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am -1:00 pm


  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity


Sheltered Workshops: These workshops provide adults with special needs with training and employment according to each individual’s abilities and needs. The ultimate goal is to prepare the clients for employment and integration into the community.

Duration: Minimum 1 week
Age of clients: 21+
Volunteer times: Sunday – Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


  • Assist clients with their work, including packaging jewelry, educational materials for kindergartens, etc.


Adult Rehabilitation and Nursing Daycare Centers: Rehabilitation and nursing services cater to individuals with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, many with chronic diseases and genetic syndromes requiring regular nursing care. Many clients use wheelchairs, have acute speech and language disabilities and rely on augmentative and alternative communication assistive technology and aids.

Duration: Minimum 4 Weeks
Age of clients: 21+
Volunteer times: Sunday – Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


  • Assist clients in the garden
  • Assist clients in use of assistive technology
  • Accompany clients on outings to the grocery store, on a bike ride, etc.
  • Assist staff in any capacity


Afterschool Program: This program is intended for children with varying levels of intellectual and development disabilities, many with additional problems such as physical disabilities, autism, behavior challenges, chronic illnesses, etc. The program is designed as a complementary framework to the regular school hours and provides recreational and social activities, as well as therapies in the afternoon.

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks
Age of clients: 6-21
Volunteer times: During the school year 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm; during holidays and summer vacation (July/August) 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm


  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity
  • Engage with children during arts-and-crafts, soccer, baseball, baking, music, drama, etc.


A typical day: After breakfast at your hostel, you’ll either have free time to explore Tel Aviv, go to the beach, relax or start at your morning project (depending on which project you choose). After a break for lunch, you’ll resume volunteering at your project, before preparing dinner at the hostel or enjoying one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area. For most projects, you’ll have Fridays and Saturdays off to spend as you wish.

Holidays: Please note that the months of September/October have several holidays that may affect your trip.

Internet icon Internet: Free WiFi is available at the hostel. Volunteers will receive a SIM card at orientation with 40 GB of data and unlimited calls to US, Canadian and Israeli numbers.

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry facilities are available for a small fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: You will stay at a hostel in a mixed-gender dorm room with up to 9 other people and a shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bed linens, towels, air conditioning and a closet. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, a short walk 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 credit you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.

Food icon Food: A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided in the hostel dining room and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labaneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There is a self-catering kitchen available for your use and plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Basic English
  • Police clearance

Following registration we can assist you in booking a tour for a number of incredible destinations that you can visit during your time off (additional fees apply). Visit ancient Petra and Wadi Rum on a 2-day tour or explore Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea in one day. Please note that tours are subject to change.

Thanks to Israel’s small size, you could travel from the northernmost to the southernmost point of the country in a single day. If you prefer to stay in the city, Tel Aviv will certainly keep you occupied with its lively markets, nightlife and independent cafés and eateries. If one thing is for sure, Israel has incredible hummus so make sure you head over to Abu Hassan in Jaffa for the country’s greatest hummus. If you consider yourself an art lover or just looking for a unique experience, you’ll enjoy Tel Aviv’s flourishing art scene. Go gallery hopping and be sure to put the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Dvir Gallery on your list. Don’t forget to visit the Carmel market (“shuk Ha’Carmel”) and bargain like a true Telavivian.

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