VFI PLUS

In conjunction with Volunteers for Israel (VFI), discover and enjoy the experience of an All-Inclusive volunteer adventure. Reside and work on an IDF base for 9 days; tour Israel in style for 8 days.
  • Duration

    17 days / 16 nights
  • Highlights

    Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Beit Shean, Safed, Golan Heights, Qumran, Dead Sea, Massada, active IDF base
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $603
  • Activity Level

    Easy

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VFI PLUS 17 Days17D16 Nights16N

VFI PLUS is a unique opportunity to both tour Israel for eight nights and immerse yourself in Israeli culture by volunteering to provide needed civilian services to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while living and working on an active military base for nine nights.

This is the only program in the world which places you in an active military setting for extended immersion. Your volunteer services are meaningful and a greatly appreciated contribution to the defense of the State of Israel. We look forward to greeting you in the Land of the Bible where time seems to have come to a stand-still, and where the history comes alive.

Dates:
October 25 – November 10, 2019 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 17-day All-Inclusive program
  • 8 Days of private touring
  • Israeli guide, private bus and driver
  • High quality lectures and discussions
  • While Touring: 4-star hotels in 3 cities
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance fees, tips and transportation
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • While volunteering: Housing and uniforms
  • Kosher meals + evening programs on base
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Day

1

Friday, October 25, 2019

Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport

Arrive in Israel and transfer to hotel, welcoming Shabbat supper

Overnight:Tel Aviv (D).

Day

2

Saturday, October 26, 2019

All-day group touring

Walking tour option for observant. Ayalon Institute, Old Port of Jaffa

Overnight:Tel Aviv (B, D).

Day

3

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Transfer to IDF Base

Transfer to airport IDF meeting point, bus transport to IDF base, begin orientation and work assignments

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

4

Monday, October 28, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base

Breakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

5

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

6

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

7

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Volunteering and Touring

Volunteer on IDF base, at noon begin weekend touring in private bus.
Visit Beit Shean

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

8

Friday, November 01, 2019

All day Touring

All-Day touring, Safed, Golan Heights, Jeep Tour.
Shabbat supper.

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

9

Saturday, November 02, 2019

All day Touring

All-Day touring, Gamla Synagogue, Kibbutz Gesher, Kibbutz Degania,
Walking tour option for observant.

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

10

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Return to IDF Base

Return to IDF Base - afternoon work assignments

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

11

Monday, November 04, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

12

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

13

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Volunteering on IDF base.

Volunteering and residing on IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

14

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Volunteering and Touring

Volunteer on base, volunteering ends, weekend touring beings.
Jerusalem — Tower of David, Hezekiah Tunnels.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

15

Friday, November 08, 2019

All-Day touring in Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Shabbat group supper. Western Wall Tunnels, Cardo, Christian Quarter, Via Dolorosa leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethsemane, Machane Yehuda.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

16

Saturday, November 09, 2019

All-Day touring

Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Mea Shearim and the Old City.
Walking tour option
for observant.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

17

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Touring and Departure

Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl,Israel Museum, Farewell
supper, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in evening,
fly home.
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