Volunteers for Israel Plus Archaeology

Volunteers for Israel (VFI) is offering a unique opportunity to volunteer on an active Israeli military base, experience breathtaking private tours of Israel and participate in a major archaeological excavation. Participants will work side by side with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Tel Aviv University at the Givati Parking Lot excavation in Jerusalem. To learn more view VFI's 2019 brochure, or visit  www.vfi-usa.org/program-options/vfi-plus where you can apply.


Volunteer with the IAA

If you've ever wanted to hold an ancient object in your hand or simply learn the best way to handle a pick ax you've come to the right place.

We invite you to take part in the IAA's daily activities by volunteering to participate in the excavations of the Holy Land. Participants need to be physically fit and have stamina to enjoy this experience. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. Participants are responsible for providing their own food, water and transportation to and from the excavation site. Tools such as pick, shovels, hand trowels, etc., are provided. Work hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, with two short breaks over the course of the day. Site facilities are limited. 

Prospective volunteers should complete the application and provide the IAA with a copy of insurance by fax (+972-2-628906) or email a minimum of 14 days before arrival.

Volunteers are currently accepted at the following sites: Jerusalem-Motza, Ramat Bet Shemesh, Ashqelon, Tel Assar near  Pardes Hanna-Karkur Hadera near the Ein Iron moshav.

Please note that volunteers are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements, food, and daily transportation to the site.

For more information please contact: info@friendsofIAA.org

Unlike other archaeological excavations, there is no charge to volunteer with the IAA. Please consider making a donation to further support the work of the Israel Antiquities Authority.