Want to Live in Israel?

Artichokes ready for harvest.

Artichokes ready for harvest.

Have you ever thought about living in Israel, but didn’t know how you could do so? Ever thought of volunteering on an Israeli farm, working the “Land of Milk and Honey”? WWOOF ISRAEL provides a framework to do just that?

Through WWOOF you can access a list of farms that accept volunteer help from two day to six months. Each volunteer is required to work 5 days per week and will receive room and board in return, as well as the opportunity to live in Israel for a period of time.

A registration fee is required (NIS 160/270 single/couple) to join WWOOF, after which you can get the listing and contact details for participating farms.

If you are interested and/or have more questions you may want to check out their FAQ page.

NOTE: This information is offered for informational purposes only. No guarantees of any kind are offered or implied by Discipleship Travel LLC.

Tu b’Shvat: Israel’s Arbor Day

Almond Blossom

An Israeli almond tree in blossom.

While many people imagine that Israel is a desert with no trees (and it is like that in some areas), there are many places in the country (particularly in the center and north) that have beautiful forests, which are being expanded and/or replanted by citizens and tourists.

Each year on Tu b’Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month Shevat, Israelis observe the “New Year of the Trees” by planting new trees. However, since Tu b’Shvat falls on Saturday, January 26, this year, schools and other groups will plant trees on Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25.

Planting trees isn’t restricted to Tu b’Shvat, though. If your group would like to plant trees in memory/honor of someone or to simply help beautify the land, Discipleship Travel LLC can arrange for that to be part of your tour. Simply let us know your desire.

Can we have a baptismal service?

For groups that desire a baptismal service, a visit to the Yardenit baptismal site at the Jordan River will be included in the itinerary. This is a beautiful setting at the south end of the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan River exits the lake.

The facility requires the use of a rental gown/robe.* Included in the $10 rental fee** is use of the changing room and warm showers, a towel, hair brush and a baptism certificate suitable for framing. Other services that are available for purchase*** include a videographer that offers a video of the group’s baptismal service, a professional still photographer is usually on site, a full service restaurant, a snack bar, and an extensive gift shop.

Our guides and teachers do not lead the baptism service or perform any baptisms. Those responsibilities are left to the group leader who is typically a pastor.

* If you think you may get baptized, for reasons of modesty, you should bring a swimsuit or other suitable covering to wear under the baptismal robe.

** The rental fee is not included in the tour price. Only those using this service are required to pay the fee.

*** The cost of any additional services are not included in the tour price and are the responsibility of the user.