Israel is often referred to as the religious capital of the world. Jews, Muslims, and Christians flock to the country to view the numerous holy sites in Israel. From the Western (Wailing) Wall and the Dome of the Rock to the Tomb of Lazarus, one can’t help but feel surrounded by history when walking through Israel. However, these glorious religious monuments are not all that Israel has to offer. The cities are filled with clubs, museums, and fantastic art and music. If you’re looking to gain a new perspective on the religious, cultural, and social progression, then Israel is the right country for your gap year experience.

Israel offers so much to learn about the world. The development of Western values started long before by Jews, Muslims, and the first Christians. Come to Israel and gain a new perspective on the religious, cultural, and social progression of humanity while fighting for civil and basic human rights in the Holy Land. What better place is there to use your talents than in the Middle East, the birth-place of civilizations.

Volunteering

Volunteering connects visitors from around the world through meaningful community service projects. There are thousands of affordable, short-term voluntary service projects in Israel. Voluntary service projects are a great opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment. Unfortunately ,many of Israel’s volunteering projects revolve around medical care for those wounded due to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Volunteering in Israel is a great opportunity to work with orphans, support environmental efforts, help with the restoration of national monuments, and the reconstruction of destroyed homes and neighborhoods. Israel is in need of kindhearted volunteers who are in search of personal growth.

Adventure Travel

Travel to Masada and see where the Jewish rebels stood up to the Romans. 
Visit the strange and mysterious wanders of the Dead Sea or walk the path of Jesus’s crucifixion up to Golgotha (the place of the skull). Trek outside of the cities and into the startling desert landscapes. Because of Israel’s small size, it’s possible to see a wide variety of places in one day, even after volunteering in the morning.

Internships

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Israel while interning. There are designed gap year programs that still have extremely strong roots in Jewish history and tradition. Many of Israel’s internship opportunities are unpaid and more volunteer based, but the country’s economy is stable and the cities are filled with business internships. If you’re looking to develop your skills on an international level while doing meaningful work, then Israel is right for you. Internships in politics and law are prevalent throughout the country and will go a long way with employers. Students who intern abroad have a sizable advantage over other future job applicants without this experience.

Cost of Living in Israel

If you’re adjusting from life in the US or Europe to a gap year in Israel, prepare to pay considerably more for consumer goods. Even prices for basic food products are two to three times higher in Israeli stores than in other Western countries. In fact, recently there have been many riots protesting the unfair cost of living in Israel. Public transportation is cheap but the network is much less developed than in America or Europe.

Culture and Etiquette in Israel

Always shake hands warmly and maintaining direct eye contact, make sure to always use the right hand when greeting Muslims since shaking with the left hand is a sign of disrespect. Friends may kiss each other once on the cheek. Remember to pay attention to the religious beliefs of the person you are meeting. Orthodox observers may not take kindly to touching, so a verbal greeting would be best.

Israel is still a dangerous country. There are constant threats of terrorism and the Israeli government does not permit its citizens to visit Gaza and parts of the West Bank. You might feel frightened being in a crowded area but let’s face it, crowds are unavoidable. Always take precaution and if it seems like a fight of some kind is about to break out, then leave immediately and call the police.

Lastly, always remember to take sunscreen with you. The heat can be scorching and it’s sunny almost year round. Remember to stay hydrated as well. While Israel does not suffer from large scale disease, the little things can catch up to you!

Gap Year Programs in Israel

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Kol Ami
Kol Ami Mechina Leadership Gap Year in Israel
Israel
9.2 •35 reviews

Kol Ami is a life changing leadership program operated by the Jewish...

Aardvark Israel
Aardvark: Gap Year Program in Israel
Israel
8.59 •39 reviews

Aardvark Israel is a program which combines volunteering/interning and...

Global U
Global U Gap Year for Christian Entreprenuers
Multiple Countries
9.92 •12 reviews

You sense that God created you for something more, that He wants you...

Young Judaea Year Course
Year Course - Gap Year Program in Israel
Israel
8.73 •15 reviews

Why Choose Year Course in Israel for your gap year? After more than 60...

Free Spirit Experience
Free Spirit Experience Gap Year in Israel and Italy
Israel
9.56 •9 reviews

Free Spirit offers a unique experience in Israel and Italy, filled...

Kivunim
Kivunim International Gap Year Program
Israel
9.75 •4 reviews

KIVUNIM inspires its students to forge a lifelong relationship with...

Masa Israel Journey
Gap Year Programs in Israel
Israel

Intrigued by the opportunity to spend a semester or year experiencing...

OneLife Institute
OneLife Institute Gap Year
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

OneLife is a nine month gap year program for students who want to grow...

BINA
BINA Gap Year in Tel Aviv
Israel
10 •1 review

BINA Gap offers high school graduates a unique opportunity to...

Habonim Dror
Habonim Dror Workshop in Israel
Israel
10 •1 review

Workshop participants will take part in seminars, hiking trips, and...

Artzi
Artzi Gap Year!
Israel
10 •1 review

Artzi is a unique artistic gap year program in Israel. At Artzi...

Experience Mission
Gap Year Immersion at The Holy Land and The Caribbean
Multiple Countries

Look beyond the stories you see on the news in this Gap Year mission...

Gap Year Internships in Israel

Make the most of your gap year experience with an internship in Israel
  • Masa Israel Journey
    Internship Opportunities in Israel
    Israel
    10 •1 review

    Ready to advance in a career, learn new skills, and get in on the...

  • Top Israel Interns
    5-Month Internship Programs | Top Israel Interns
    Israel
    7.47 •15 reviews

    Looking to intern abroad for a 5- months during the Fall or Spring...

  • Israel Experience
    Intern in Israel - Engineering, Psychology and more
    Israel
    9.11 •9 reviews

    Career Israel provides students with internship opportunities in...

  • Gvahim Young Professionals
    Gvahim Young Professionals
    Israel
    8 •2 reviews

    Come join ‘Gvahim Young Professionals’ business oriented program. With...

  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Academic Research Internship Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Israel

    Students who would like to come to BGU solely for a tailored for...

  • Way More Israel
    Way More Israel: Language, Internship & Volunteering
    Israel

    Way More Israel is a multi-faceted 5-month program which features...

  • Windows
    Communication and Fundraising Internships in Tel-Aviv, Israel
    Israel

    Responsibilities: Research funding opportunities Write and edit...

  • Destination Israel
    Tel Aviv Internship Experience
    Israel

    The Tel Aviv Internship Experience is a hands-on career development...

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