While we are not a "religious" kibbutz, our dining room is
kosher/shomer shabbat and we have an traditional egalitarian minyan on
Shabbatot & holidays.
Work is assigned according to the needs of the kibbutz - mostly
Volunteers who speak
& are here for an extended period of time including the summer
vacation, may work with the children of the kibbutz.
In addition, we operate the “Algatec” algae factory
& "Keren Kolot" seminar center/hotel here on Ketura, which
often needs help especially during the
summer (largely physical: cleaning rooms, setting up campfires
& pool activities with groups, etc) You can
“see” us in person at http://ketura.org.il/
to volunteer via the Kibbutz Program Center: http://www.kibbutz.org.il/volunteers/
All relevant information about
requirements, visa, fees, and mandatory
health insurance are on the KPC website.
The cost to register (including 3
months insurance and a 3 month
volunteer visa) is around $250 US. The visa & insurance can be
extended for a further 3 months for an additional fee.
When you arrive in Tel Aviv, you will
go to the KPC office at 6
Frishman St. in Tel Aviv (open Sun -Thurs 8:30 – 13:00) They
will take your passport to the Interior Ministry & arrange a
volunteer visa & health insurance for you. THIS IS MANDATORY.
On Ketura, we will cover "ambulatory"
care (nurse/doctor visits) but
prescription medication is at your expense.
Volunteers work 8 hours/day, 6
days/week (Sunday through Friday)
In addition to the money for fees, you
should bring AT LEAST $300 in
cash or travelers checks when you come to Israel
You must put down a $100 room deposit
(returned when you leave) and
have some spending money - an international ATM card is a good idea
– however, the closest ATM to Ketura is in either at Yotvata
snack bar (10 minutes by bus) or in Eilat, about 45 minutes away
Be advised to bring all prescription
medications & eye-care
products (spare pair of glasses) as they are more costly in Israel.
Also, the current here is 220 (as opposed to 110 in the states/Canada)
so you will need a converter for any electrical appliances
room, board (3 X meals per day, in the
kibbutz dining room)
a small stipend (about 60$ month)
work clothes & linens
use of the pool (in season), tennis,
football pitch &
access to the local nurse & doctor
3 days off per month in addition to
Shabbat & Jewish holidays
Monthly tiyulim (field trips) in the
Volunteers live 2-3 per room, in a flat
with a shared
kitchenette/shower with another 2-3 volunteers
Volunteers have access to computers in
the library during the
afternoon/evening hours. In addition, the area of the volunteer rooms
has wireless "ethernet" for a 10 NIS monthly fee, so if you have a
laptop you may want to bring it with you
There is a fully outfitted weight room
on a neighboring kibbutz that
volunteers can use for a monthly fee of 150 NIS
There is a payphone that you can
arrange for people to call you at
designated times, or they can leave messages for you at my office
phone: 972-8-635-6434. Otherwise, if you can afford it, a cell phone is
probably the most convenient option for you. There are many providers
of "pay as you go" plans
Hope to hear from you!
Volunteer coordinator, Kibbutz Ketura