Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

Every year Magen David Adom offers hundreds of students aged 18 to 25, from across the globe, the chance to participate in their volunteer programme and experience first hand, why Magen David Adom is such a unique organisation. 

The extremely successful Volunteer Programme has been running in conjunction with the British Aliyah Department for the last two years and over a hundred students have attended. They have had a wonderful time learning first aid and seeing how MDA works.

The programme runs for six weeks at a time, throughout the year, and volunteers from all of the world participate in this wonderful experience. The programme begins with a week-long intensive first aid training course where subjects such as basic anatomy and physiology, CPR, trauma and dealing with injuries are covered. After completing the course, you work alongside some of the 10,000 medics and paramedics, of which 8,500 are volunteers, going out in ambulances and dealing with real life situations. 

More information about the programme is given below.

Magen David Adom Ambulance Volunteer Programme in memory of Yochai Porat Z”l

Maybe you cannot save the whole world, maybe you can only save part of it, but if you are willing to try we have and incredible opportunity to offer you.

This excellent programme run by the International department of Magen David Adom and Israel Experience In. (IEI), brings hundreds of young Jewish people from all over the world to Israel to work side-by-side with Israeli staff and volunteers on ambulances in Israel.
About the Programme

The programme begins with a 60-hour first-aid training course; an intense ten days of learning that covers material ranging from bandaging a simple wound through to CPR and mass casualty incidents. Everything you learn during the week will be invaluable and help you deal with any situation you may be faced with.

The four to six weeks that follow are dedicated to experiencing Israel in the very realest sense. While riding the ambulances in one of our 109 stations, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the Israeli population with its wide diversity of people, its many colors, religions and beliefs. You will be working with Israelis in an Israeli environment, perfecting your Hebrew and making wonderful new friends. All while saving lives.

By taking part in this fantastic programme, you will be working at the very heart of Israeli society, making a major contribution to the people of Israel – and helping to save lives!

  • 18- 25 years old
  • Eligible for Aliyah
  • Independent
  • Basic conversational knowledge of Hebrew (level 3 of 1-5)
  • No previous medical knowledge is required

Yochai Porat Z’’L

Yochai began volunteering in MDA at age 15. He served as a combat medic in the army, including running a military infirmary in Lebanon.

After the army he continued to volunteer and became a senior medic and ambulance driver.

In 2001 he began to coordinate the Magen David Adom Overseas Volunteer Programme for international volunteers. While serving as a reserve soldier for the IDF, Yochai was killed by a Palestinian sniper while trying to give medical care


The cost of the course is $850 and housing for the period will be an additional $550. Payment is done online alongside registration, which will be funded by MDA in SA to 10 Students in 2012 (Contact the office for further inforamtion on 011 645 2571)

Registration for the programme is carried out online and you can register at www.israelexperience.org.il/mda For further information you can call MDA Overseas Israel Volunteer Experience on 00 972 2 621 6561 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Should you encounter any problems or difficulties, please contact Beulah at the MDA Office on 011 645 2571 (08h00 to 13h00).

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