Tips for Volunteering in Israel
Thinking Creatively about being a Skilled Volunteer
Research tells us that “Boomers“ are interested in volunteer experiences that create impact. However, finding a volunteer assignment that matches precisely with your profession may not always be possible, no matter where you are looking for a volunteer opportunity.Trying to customize the experience in a different country and culture, often without Hebrew, can therefore be quite challenging, and that’s why it is so important to think broadly about skills and interests.
For example: A physician who is not licensed as such in Israel could not volunteer as a doctor tending patients. However, a doctor volunteered by helping a medical organization find and write grants to US foundations. Her medical background, command of English and familiarity with American culture and ways of doing business proved invaluable to the organization.
Volunteering is an Art
Familiarity with Israel and speaking Hebrew are benefits to volunteering in Israel but are not required. As when volunteering in any foreign country, it is important to bear in mind that your home culture differs from Israeli culture. Such cultural differences can manifest in many ways and will be part of the dynamic experience of volunteering, often requiring patience and a good sense of humor on your part!
We Stay in the Picture
Skilled Volunteers for Israel recognizes that volunteering in a foreign country will be a challenging experience, and therefore we stay in the picture once you are in Israel to provide support and guidance as needed.