The German-Israeli Volunteer Service gives young citizens of both nations in the age of 18 to 27 the opportunity to explore the other country through a 6 to 12 month volunteer service. In Germany, young Israelis of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds can volunteer in German institutions in the field of social care, education, and Jewish communities. They can thereby strengthen the ties between both societies. The volunteers engage fulltime (38-40 hrs per week) in their placements. Lodging, board, health insurance, and a small pocket money will be granted to the volunteers for the time of the service.
The German-Israeli Volunteer Service is funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth through the Federal Voluntary Service in Germany and coordinated by the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany.
The German-Israeli Volunteer Service was founded in 2015 in the light of the 50 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel. Its core vision is to strengthen the German-Israeli relations on the social level in a diverse and sustainable way by letting young Germans and Israelis experience the other country through the lens of everyday life and their society.
The program shall empower the volunteers to enhance their social competence and cultural sensitivity through their service as well as through the educational guidance provided by the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany.