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Israel Refugee Health Clinic in Tel Aviv

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Israel Refugee Health Clinic in Tel Aviv

Contribute to a free health clinic for the growing community of African refugees in Israel and help improve the quality of life for so many.

Prices from US$1,995

Throughout the course of history, the captivating and mystical land of Israel has been the meeting point for cultures, civilisations and religions. Serving as the sacred centre and origin for many of the world’s monotheistic religions, the diversity of Israel is second to none.
Tel Aviv is an amazing vibrant 24 hour city. There is a variety of cultural events, nightlife, art museums, and shopping to explore. During the summer months the city becomes a melting pot for tourism, attracting people from all over the globe that come to enjoy the beach lifestyle and summer vibes.
Tel Aviv is the largest metropolitan area in Israel. Located  by the Mediterranean Sea, the city boasts a popular coastline. The project  base is located in the south of Tel Aviv,  an area known for its historic architecture and style as well as being home to  the refugee community.


  • Make a difference to the health and welfare of refugees in Israel 
  • Make lifelong friends with your healthcare colleagues 
  • Gain valuable work experience within the healthcare field 


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Applications must be received 2 months in advance
  • High level of English ability, although Hebrew, Arabic, or Tigrinya would be a bonus 
  • Up-to-date CV / resume 
  • Criminal records background check 


Location Tel Aviv, Israel 
Activities Medical Aid 
  Shadowing Experienced Staff 
  Help with administrative duties 
Transport Each work day, volunteers will take the bus from the hostel to the project (around 10 minutes, extra fee £2 per day).
Accommodation Hostel


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
Airport Pick up
Ground transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Volunteers on this program will be assisting in a health clinic in Tel Aviv founded in 2008 to provide free or heavily subsidized medical care to the growing African population there. The African population that the clinic treats is mostly from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ivory Coast, who have sought a better life in Israel their and families. Many of the patients come from all over Israel seeking affordable health care because they do not legally qualify for the National Health Care coverage and cannot afford to pay out of their own pocket for the necessary medical treatment. 
With a recent increase in funding, the clinic has grown into a multi-faceted facility, able to address the variety of health conditions and traumas that it faces on a daily basis, from illnesses that are more prevalent in the developing world such as malaria, jaundice, and dermatological infections and wounds, to illnesses common in the western world such as diabetes and heart conditions.
The clinic is divided into three main departments: emergency care, specialty clinic, and laboratory and tests. The emergency care clinic is staffed with emergency care physicians and paramedics available at all times, equipped to perform suturing, casting, foreign body removal, and administration of IV fluids. The specialty clinic is host to a variety of specialty medical care such as dermatology, ENT, orthopedics, infectious diseases, pediatrics, OB/GYN, family medicine and psychiatry. The clinic is also able to perform basic laboratory tests and imaging results at a very subsidized rate for its patients, giving the doctors some of the basic tools (blood work, X-RAYs, ultrasound, EKG testing) necessary for accurate diagnosis, leading to higher quality of care. 


Your adventure will begin in Jerusalem, where you will be given a comprehensive orientation to prepare you for the period of volunteer work in Tel Aviv. You will be provided with detailed travel advice and taken on a walking tour of the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market. We will even provide you with a discount card to experience Jerusalem’s vibrant night-life! The following day you will make your way down to the clinic in Tel Aviv by public transport. 
The clinic is in desperate need of volunteer doctors (especially pediatricians, gynecologists, and dermatologists), nurses, phlebotomists, paramedics, medics, medical and nursing students, and general volunteers. 
This project is not just for medical volunteers as there are lots of things to be done at the clinic including producing newsletters and running workshops. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering healthcare to the refugee population.
Your level of involvement will depend completely upon your own previous experience and qualifications as well as the needs of the clinic at the time of your visit, so it is important to remain flexible, however volunteers on this project may have the opportunity to assist with:
  • Checking in patients as they arrive
  • Scheduling each doctor's patients for the day/week
  • Maintaining the order of the waiting room
  • Triaging incoming patients  to help determine their immediate needs
A flexible attitude and high level of patience are required for this project as communication with the patients is often quite difficult and requires a lot of creative problem solving to understand the needs of each person in the clinic. 
Your typical working week will be from Sunday to Thursday for around 6 hours per day (12 day volunteers will work on Friday as well). 


You will fly into Tel Aviv airport where you will then use our easy to follow instructions to make your way to the project meeting point. We will provide you with all the information you need prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.  Upon arrival at the meeting point you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and given a comprehensive orientation alongside your fellow volunteers.


You will spend your first night in Jerusalem, in shared dormitory style accommodation, before travelling down to the project in Tel Aviv. In Tel Aviv your accommodation will be of a similar standard, in mixed-sex, shared, dormitory style accommodation (up to 8 people).   Rooms are very basic and will include bunk beds and bed linens (please bring your own towels). Shared bathrooms with hot water showers and flushing toilets are located on the same floor. The hostel is located right in between South Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and a 5 minute walk from the famous Jaffa flea market, the beach, and Tel Aviv's up and coming Florentin area. Bikes are available for rent at the hostel at a very affordable price to cruise through the city and see the sites. 
Hostel facilities include: 
  • 24/7 reception and help desk
  • Safety boxes and lockers (please bring your own locks)
  • Outdoor garden area with pool, sound system, movie projector
  • Summer roof top lounge with couches and outdoor bar overlooking the city
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities available at about US$8 per wash
Please note that it is possible to upgrade to a single or double room at an extra fee after registration. 


You will be provided with a simple breakfast at the hostel which usually includes toast with spreads, tea, and coffee. You will be responsible for sourcing all other meals. There is a fully equipped kitchen available for you to use to prepare your evening meals. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers when taking it in turns to prepare meals.  Lunch is usually sourced independently from the surrounding area at the project site, and our local staff will be more than happy to pass on their recommendations!

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Either before the beginning or following the end of your Frontier project, why not explore more of Israel and see what this incredible country has to offer! Israel has a fantastic selection of historic landmarks, but other popular activities amongst travelers include sleeping in bedouin tents, climbing Mount Masada, floating in the Dead Sea and hiking through the Golan Heights to name just a few!
The international beach resort of Eilat, located within the Negev region is a stunning area where you can enjoy some snorkelling, or simply let your hair down and enjoy the vibrant night life.  It is also possible to travel around the country, or visit Israel’s neighbouring country Jordan, home to the historical city of Petra.  If you are looking for more volunteering opportunities, why not check out Frontier’s other projects including our Desert Wildlife Reserve in Negev, interact with children at an Israeli Multicultural Summer Camp, or engage in construction work at the Desert Eco Building project.  Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have an incredible time!


6 weeks US$1,995

Extra week US$295



Volunteers should arrive in Jerusalem by 10 am on the Monday morning and can arrange departure for any time on a Tuesday.


6 - 8 weeks



Nearest airport(s): Tel Aviv (TLV)


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