About Volunteers for Israel

A nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, Volunteers for Israel (VFI) was originally founded in 1982 to provide the small country with volunteer workers during the Lebanon War when Israel's own workers were sent to fight. The program continued after the war and has sent more than 100,000 volunteers from 36 countries to Israel to help the country's economy since then. VFI works to increase multicultural understanding, intensify Jewish identity and the bonds of solidarity among volunteers and citizens, and to help Israel grow.

Most volunteers are placed on military maintenance bases where they hold non-combative roles. They work side by side with Israelis, performing a variety of duties, such as packaging medical supplies or repairing or refurbishing equipment. Others work in nonmilitary areas, such as in a hospital's geriatric, psychiatric or rehabilitation center, functioning in roles similar to that of a candy striper or orderly. VFI provides evening lectures and at least one tour of the country.


Open to volunteers ages 17 and up.

Volunteers for Israel

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Volunteers for Israel
  • Volunteers for Israel
  • 330 West 42nd Street, Suite 1618
  • New York, NY 10036-6029
  • Phone: (866) 514-1948


  • Number of Interns: Varies
  • Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students