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.


New in 2018 is a joint volunteer program (November 18 – December 1, 2018) with Volunteers for Israel. This unique program combines archaeological encounters with several days of touring and the opportunity to volunteer on an IDF base!