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Guiding People with Special Needs

Tel Aviv, Israel

Agency | GoEco

Become a mentor, companion and friend to people of all ages with special needs!

Tel Aviv sits directly along the Mediterranean coast of central-west Israel, offering miles of beach, plentiful beachfront venues, and a multitude of water activities, from surfing, to sailing to stand up paddle boarding. As a bustling metropolis with a vibrant nightlife, Tel Aviv truly lives up to its name as “the city that never sleeps.” Between its collection of Bauhaus buildings, high-tech start-ups, and open-air markets, known as shuks, Tel Aviv is one of the true gems of Israel.  
About the Project 
This project collaborates with a non-profit organization established in 1991 whose mission it is to promote and integrate people with special needs into their local communities. For over 20 years, this organization has been working to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs of all ages, regardless of religion, race or nationality, by providing them with high quality support and rehabilitation services. 
This organization operates on the belief that every individual has the right to develop to his/her greatest potential and applies a combined physical, social, psychological and paramedical approach to do so. Serving newborns to seniors with a range of intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, this organization stands by its vision that individuals with special needs have the right and ability to live a life of dignity and independence while being active participants in the community. 
Orientation in Jerusalem
Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers / travelers and includes the following:
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
  • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
  • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and your project will be provided upon registration.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Rehabilitative Daycare for Children with Developmental Delays – Jaffa: This daycare center serves over 45 infants and toddlers with developmental delays, providing them with individualized treatment and rehabilitation services and support for their family members.
  • Duration: Minimum 10 weeks
  • Age of clients: 6 months – 3 years old 
  • Volunteer times: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm; Friday 7:30 am -1:00 pm
  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity

Sheltered Workshops – Tel Aviv: These workshops provide adults with special needs with training and employment according to each individual’s abilities and needs. The ultimate goal is to prepare the clients for employment and integration in the community. 
  • Duration: Minimum 1 week
  • Age of clients: 21+
  • Volunteer times: Sunday - Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Assist clients with their work, including packaging jewelry, educational materials for kindergartens, etc. 

Leisure Program / Social Clubs – Tel Aviv: This program is adapted to the needs of adults with special needs and provides leisure and enrichment activities, such as movies, plays, cooking classes, holiday celebrations and more. 
  • Duration: Minimum 1 week
  • Age of clients: 45-50 years old
  • Volunteer times: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Assist staff in any capacity
  • Participate with clients during various activities, such as cooking and arts-and-crafts

Adult Rehabilitation and Nursing Daycare Centers – Tel Aviv: Rehabilitation and nursing services cater to individuals with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, many with chronic diseases and genetic syndromes requiring regular nursing care. Many clients use wheelchairs, have acute speech and language disabilities and rely on augmentative and alternative communication assistive technology and aids. 
  • Duration: Minimum 4 Weeks
  • Age of clients: 21+
  • Volunteer times: Sunday - Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Assist clients in the garden
  • Assist clients in use of assistive technology
  • Accompany clients on outings to the grocery store, on a bike ride, etc.
  • Assist staff in any capacity

Afterschool Program – Tel Aviv: This program is intended for children with varying levels of intellectual and development disabilities, many with additional problems such as physical disabilities, autism, behavior challenges, chronic illnesses, etc. The program is designed as a complementary framework to the regular school hours and provides recreational and social activities, as well as therapies in the afternoon. 
  • Duration: Minimum 1 week
  • Age of clients: 6-21
  • Volunteer times:  During the school year 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm; During holidays and summer vacation 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity
  • Engage with children during arts-and-crafts, soccer, baseball, baking, music, drama, etc.

Typical day

After breakfast at your hostel, you'll either have free time to explore Tel Aviv, go to the beach, relax or start at your morning project (depending on which project you choose). 

After a break for lunch, you'll resume volunteering at your project, before preparing dinner at the hostel or enjoying one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area. 

For most projects, you'll have Fridays and Saturdays off to spend as you wish. 

Free-time activities

Looking for a way to make the most out of your volunteer experience? Spend your mornings or afternoons volunteering at the Tel Aviv Animal Shelter, walking dogs and playing with cats. Let us know upon registration if you'd like to contribute to an additional good cause!

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Please notice that for some programs the required minimum age is 21.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

Suitable for


Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, breakfast as well as our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support.

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

You will stay at a hostel in a same-sex dorm room with 5 other people and a shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens, air conditioning, cable TV, a closet  and a locker to store your belongings. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach.  

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other accommodation options.  

Laundry: Laundromats are within walking distance of hostel. 

Internet: Free WIFI is available at the hostel.
Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

A  traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. 

Lunch and dinner are not included. However, there are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby which will give you a chance to get to know local people and food a little better. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv-Yafo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Israel.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Israel provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Israel you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Israel.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Tel Aviv/Israel between 4 weeks and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Israel.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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