Volunteer in Palestine
Are you looking to give back and help Palestinian people? Apply to work in Palestine.
Volunteer Opportunities in Palestine
How to Volunteer in Palestine
If you have been researching options like going to volunteer in the Middle East the chances are that Palestine might be one of your preferred destinations.
The Palestinian territories is generally defined as Gaza and the West Bank, both located in the Middle East.
Large international charities, sending agencies and also local NGO's have been working for decades in the Palestinian Territories with the aim of proving humanitarian assitance, better education and facilities to benefit local people.
Palestine is not a destination where it is easy just to turn up and volunteer your services for free, we highly recommend arranging a safe and structured experience through one of our partner organisations. You can join short or long term volunteer programs in places like Nablus and the West Bank.
Make a difference by applying to join a project today.
Ways to Help
International participants are needed for the following projects:
- Community development
- Education & Youth Outreach
- Medical & Healthcare
- Conservation and Agriculture
- Summer Camps
- Teach English
- Humanitarian and Refugee Camps
Some organisations build on the belief that mutual understanding is at the heart of improved relations across communities, cultures, nations, and religions.
Through experiences both in community organizing in Palestine and with visitors from around the world, personal encounters and conversations among people working together create some of the best opportunities for mutual understanding.
If you have any specific skills for example you work in healthcare organisations are in desperate need of volunteers. From surgeons, doctors, nurses, dentists and other skilled careers - these are in high demand.
Due to war, conflict and illegal settlements thousands of Palestinian people find themselves displaced in Israel, the Middle East and around the world. Lots of organisations work to help these refugees providing accommodation and essential living support.
Volunteering in Gaza
Due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza there are very limited volunteering opportunities, and those that are available are with large international aid and humanitarian agencies.
Volunteer in the West Bank
Most projects can be joined in the West Bank, this is where world famous destinations like Bethlemen are located.
Volunteering Outside of Palestine
You can find organisations are based all around the world helping the Palestinian cause, and a lot hire volunteers, interns and full time staff.
You will need to be able to converse in English and also learning basic Arabic words and phrases is recommended. Arabic classes in Palestine can be arranged once you are settled in or you might want to learn online if you have no previous knowledge of the language.
Health and Safety
You will need to check latest safety information before departing to Palestine, the security situation is quite volotile at the moment and in Gaza has deteriorated quickly. There are also lots of alternative options including applying to volunteer in Israel.
This really depends on the placement you apply for but usually 9-4 around 5 days per week with 2 days free.
You will generally eat Middle Eastern style food which is very tasty, for example rice, humus, vegtables, lentils, pasta, meat like chicken and beef.
This can be either shared accommodation with other participants, a local homestay or hotels. Conditions can be basic so don't expect any 5* treatment. Staying in shared accommodation can be a good way to get to know the other volunteers, food is usually provided. A home stay offers a complete cultural integration into local society where you will get to know a local family eating breakfast and dinner with them. This will offer a great insight into life in Palestine.
You will need to be aged 18+, be flexible, adveturous, open minded and accept any challenged thrown your way. You might need to commit to staying for at least 1-2 weeks, no organisation really wants to train you for you to then leave after 2 days. You will need a valid international passport and be eligible for a visa to visit Israel.
How to Apply
You can find structured, free, low cost and sometimes paid volunteer opportunities in Palestine with international and local charities, NGO's, non-profit organisations and animal sanctuaries.
You have the option to apply through a volunteer sending agency, or be creative and go independent searching our opportunities locally. We recommend applying through a large international organisation, this can be safer and they will provide help with placements and in-country support.
Some organisations might charge a fee which can include placements, pre-departure information, accommodation, meals and in country staff. There are flexible starting times throughout the year, you can apply to help and stay from 1 weeks to 12+ months depending on your availability.
"I have been to volunteer at the Excellence Center in Hebron. There are some great things about the center and volunteering but also some things that could be done better. Nonetheless I had an amazing experience in Hebron and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given here." - Alexa, United States