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Israel Kibbutz


Welcome to a land that is bound to inspire you ♡ Come meet its people of endless spirit and experience its wonderful sounds, tastes and sights. Oh, and that ever-shining sun! Discover the latest in innovation and technology. Together, these ingredients combined produce the fun, unique and creative experience of volunteering on a Kibbutz in Israel. There’s no way of explaining the immaculate truth of what this experience gives you.

The word Kibbutz is derived from the Hebrew word that means GROUP. It is a modest name for something unique A kibbutz is a community where everyone lives and works on the kibbutz for the wellbeing of this community. Each kibbutz is completely different as to what they have as their main source of income, some are agricultural, some are tourist minded whilst others have small factories.

Essentially all the people that live and work on a kibbutz are called kibbutzniks and they all work for the greater and better of the community. It is the perfect world of socialism and as a volunteer, you are giving up your time to work on a kibbutz and you become a part of this community where you are provided food, accommodation travel opportunities and great friendships.

Kibbutzim accepts volunteers for a minimum period of four months and a maximum of twelve months. On the Kibbutz, the volunteers live and breathe the Kibbutz atmosphere and culture, during their stay, volunteers benefit from many of the social and material advantages of the Kibbutz. The opportunity to take part in the unique lifestyle of the Kibbutz community is a contingency found nowhere else in the world. The Kibbutz population welcomes the volunteers into their homes and invites them to experience and partake in the daily life of their extraordinary community.

" Volunteering on a Kibbutz is THE most magical experience ever,  people from all walks of life, from all countries, come to one place to experience the safety and uniqueness of a kibbutz. It is hard to put into words what your experience can capture whilst on a kibbutz, all I can say is that you will never regret it." – Amanda Muller


Status : Program Open
Embassy : Open
Vaccination Required : No
PCR Required to Enter : No

Listen to a recorded webinar of our Kibbutz in Israel option:

Webinar – July 2021 Kibbutz Israel


- Aged between 18 - 35
- Male & female
- SA & EU passport holders (passport still valid for at least 6 months from the end date of volunteering)
- HIV-free certificate
- Medical certificate (mentally & physically fit)
- Willing to commit for a minimum period of 3 months

Start/Finish Dates

Departures can be anytime throughout the year. However, please note that should you wish to arrive during the summer time in Israel (June to September) you should apply well in advance as this is a very busy time of year.

Visa Info

Initial visa is granted for 3 months from the date of visa approval. The minimum stay is 3 months.
Visas take about 2 - 6 weeks to process -  however, it could take longer.
The Kibbutz can assist you with an in-country extension. You are only allowed to stay in Israel up to a max of 24 months in total.

Extension Fee:
ILS - 200ILS


Admin fee R4700
Program fee ILS1700
Other fees
  • HIV Certificate
  • Police Clearance
  • Transport costs
  • Courier fees
Travel Insurance From R4440
185 day cover for YOUTH. Alternative and /or longer options available, please chat to your OVC consultant
Airfare (approx) +- R15 000
Recommended Spending Money +- R10 000
(Mandatory ILS400 deposit on arrival – refundable if all in good standing)


Registration is simple, hassle-free, and quick. Visas usually take 4-12 weeks to be processed. You will need to be fully vaccinated by the time of departure and you will require a Doctors Medical completed and signed, proving you are mentally and physically fit, as well as an HIV Certificate.
- The program fee/visa fee and insurance are paid online in Shekels to our partner, KPC, when making your application with OVC in SA.
- Pre-placements are done prior to arrival. Placements with friends can be requested.
- Please note you will be required to pay a deposit at the Kibbutz upon arrival (400 ILS - in CASH), as security against the Kibbutz belongings that the volunteers use during their stay.
- Each volunteer is responsible for making their own way to their Kibbutz on arrival as well as the costs incurred. Directions & instructions will be given.
Special visa requirements apply for South African passport holders

More Info

What will I do?
The type of work you do at a Kibbutz will vary according to the season and the needs of the Kibbutz. Some general examples of what volunteers do: work in the laundry room, dining hall, factory, gardening, agricultural work or tourism services.
Watch this video for great perspective on the Kibbutz and more information:

Did you know?
- Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
- Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books authored.
- Life expectancy at birth in Israel is 82 years (two years more than the OECD average).
- Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world.
- Israel has the third-highest rate of entrepreneurship among women and people over 55 in the entire world.
- With more than 3000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).

Videos that will change your outlook on Israel:

Testimonial - Ruhan Grobler - Lahav 2015
"This experience gives you truth, even truth in your own country. It gives you an understanding of life, most of which can’t be bought on any organised trip. If you’re ready to learn, experience, and feel, come make Israel your playground, and a Kibbutz your temporary home. It’ll probably be the best decision you’ll ever make!"

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