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.


Volunteers for Israel (VFI) is offering a unique volunteering opportunity combining volunteering on an active Israeli military base with breathtaking private tours of Israel and the experience of participating on a major archaeological dig. The program, VFI Plus Archaeology, includes five days working with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) at Tel Assar, a Chalcolithic site which the IAA began excavating in May 2018. To learn more, read about the 2018 VFI Plus Archaeology programView VFI's 2019 brochure, or visit  www.vfi-usa.org/program-options/vfi-plus where you can apply.