Reside and work on an IDF base for 9 days; tour Israel in style for 8 days. For first-time and repeat visitors seeking a unique, enriched, insider experience, balanced with quick-paced intensive touring.
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  • Duration

    17 days / 16 nights
  • Highlights

    Haifa, Akko, Rosh Hanikra, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Masada, Dead Sea, Ramon Crater
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
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VFI PLUS ADVANCED 17 Days17D16 Nights16N


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Interested in working arm-in-arm with Israeli soldiers on an IDF base to help support the state of Israel? Interested in touring this beautiful country and learning the history from a private guide? Our highly rated 17-day All-Inclusive program combines volunteering on an IDF base for 2 weeks with custom, quick-paced touring of unique, feature-rich sites.  The program starts with a Friday evening Shabbat dinner followed by touring on Saturday.  The IDF volunteer work week starts on Sunday through Thursday at noon.  Touring resumes Thursday, Friday and all-day Saturday.  Returning to base on Sunday, the second work weekends noon on Thursday when custom touring resumes until Sunday evening, ending at the airport.

  • This extended program is ideal for first-time and repeat visitors seeking a unique, enriched, insider experience, balanced with quick-paced intensive touring.

Note: In addition to signing up through Gil Travel, all U.S. volunteers must apply through regional VFI (Volunteers for Israel) channels for the application and screening process, including medical consent and personal interview, and pay the VFI non-refundable $125 application fee. See www.vfi-usa.org.  Non-U.S. English-speakers apply through their home country; see www.sar-el.org.


“Overall the VFI program was wonderful and represented one of the greatest travel experiences we have ever had. An opportunity to interact with the “real Israel” through wonderful young people.” —Terry & Bob 2017

“Israel has a commitment to 3rd world countries, and nations who have experienced disasters. We become a part of that commitment with our volunteer work and support. Our tour guide, did an exceptional job in bringing the Land and the People of Israel alive for our group; it was a unique program.” —Dr. Wes from CA 2016

“Never could I have imagined the wonderful experiences that awaited me/us/before we began our trip.” —Annette from VA 2016

“This, my first trip to Israel and VFI experience, affected me in ways that I had not anticipated. As a secular Jew, it helped clarify where I fit in regard to my Judaism and relationship with Israel. The volunteer work was meaningful and fulfilling, and the touring aspect of the program was fascinating and top notch.” —Adele D. from Panama 2016

I have been to Israel 5 times: twice on tours and 3 times with the VFI.  Every trip has been a wonderful experience and an adventure. This last trip by VFI PLUS ADVANCED has been the best of all 5 (somewhat a little more expensive but cheaper than a tour).”  2018

There is so much more to write about this wonderful program with the VFI PLUS ADVANCED.  I highly recommend it for those who like to see Israel, have a great adventure and meet people from all over the world and not cost an arm and a leg as a tourist.”   2018

Best experience ever.  Rewarding, nourishing, rich, vibrant and brought my heritage to life. Formed lasting friendships with Israeli’s and VFI team.” – Shoshana – a nurse from Philadelphia   2018

Tours of several places instrumental in Israel’s struggle to become a nation gave me a deeper and clearer understanding of the more recent history of this ancient place.  Touring Haifa, Akko, the Herodium…I could go on and on.  But I will stop with “add VFI PLUS ADVANCED to your bucket list!“” 2018

VFI PLUS ADVANCED is the Israel experience that offers something for everyone.  A true sense of helping, as well as being there for Israelis was achieved along with the excitement of touring new and different areas of a country, I thought I had experienced before.  There were numerous ventures previously unknown to me.” 2018


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