Welcome to Sar-El Canada




The unique


Sar-El Program


Groups start approximately every 3 weeks

and end on the Thursday of the final week



 Application Deadlines

Document  Before Start Date
New Applications:  7 Weeks
Returnee Applications  6 Weeks
Final Documents:  5 Weeks


Key Trip Planning Tips

  1. Your flight must arrive before 17:00 (5 PM) on the first Sunday of your tour.
  2. For 1 week groups you must meet Sunday at 8:00 AM
  3. Plan to depart after 20:30 (8:30 PM) of the final Thursday of your tour.
  4. Do not book your tickets before getting approval.
  5. If you are in Israel before the starting date, you must call Pamela (052-821-9945) to find out your meeting time and place.
  6. You are responsible for all your own ground transportation to and from meeting points including the airport and bases.
  7. You may get transportation from Sar-El but it is not guaranteed.
  8. You may elect to stay for the first 2 weeks of any 3 week group with advance notice.
  9. You may be able to stay free at Beit Oded on weekends but be sure to learn their rules including a Strict curfew. Also note, it's not a hotel so don't expect hotel services. 
  10. Have funds for weekend accommodations in case Beit Oded is not available.
  11. We STRONGLY ADVISE all volunteers not to travel to Jordan or Egypt before, during or after Sar-El as you may not be allowed back into Israel.
  12. Be sure you can manage your own luggage. You may need to carry it up stairs or walk with it for some distance.
  13. Meet the group in the Arrivals Hall (Terminal 3), ground floor, near the Sunglasses counter. As you walk into the Arrivals Hall from the outside, (exit #2)  turn to your left. As you go into the Arrivals Hall after you get your luggage, turn to the right.
  14. If you cannot see or find the group at the airport, call:Pamela Lazarus 052-821-9945 pamela@sar-el.org

Program Dates


Jun. 17 to Jul. 05
Jun. 17 to Jul. 05 International Youth Groups (IYG)
Jul. 08 to Jul. 26
Jul. 08 to Jul. 26 International Youth Groups (IYG) (July 22—Tisha B'Av)
Jul. 29 to Aug. 16 International Youth Groups (IYG)
Aug. 19 to Sep. 06
*No programs*
Oct. 07 to Oct. 25 Popular Canadian Date1
** VFI Plus
Oct. 28 to Nov. 15
Oct. 28 to Nov. 01 (One Week Group. Must meet at 8:00 a.m.)
Nov. 18 to Dec. 06 (Chanukah begins Dec. 3)
Dec. 09 to Dec. 27
** VFI Plus
Dec. 23 to Jan. 03 (Two Weeks)   

Click here for the complete 2018 schedule on Sar-El Israel's site


Jan. 6 - Jan. 24   Regular Group (Tu B'Shvat-Jan. 21)
Jan. 27 - Feb. 14 Regular Group
Feb. 17 - Feb. 21 One Week Group (Must meet group at 8:00 am)
Feb. 17 - March 7 Regular Group
Mar. 10 - Mar. 28 Regular Group (March 21-Purim)
Mar. 31 - Apr. 18  Regular Group ( Passover is April 20-26)
Apr. 28 - May 2   One Week Group (must meet group at 8:00 am)
Apr. 28 - May 16 Regular Group (Leave bases Wed. May 8; return to bases Sunday May 12; NO Beit Oded on Wed. May 8. May 1 is Yom HaShoah; May 8 is Yom Hazikaron; May 9 is Yom Ha'atzmaut)
May 19 - Jun. 6   Regular Group
(June 2 is Jerusalem Day; May 23 is Lag B'Omer; June 9 is Shavuot)
Jun. 16 - Jul. 4  Regular Groups
Jun. 16 - Jul. 4  International Youth Groups (IYG)
Jul. 7 - Jul. 25    Regular Groups
Jul. 7 - Jul. 25    International Youth Groups (IYG)
Jul. 28 - Aug. 15 Regular Groups & International Youth Groups (IYG)
Jul. 28 - Aug. 15 International Youth Groups (IYG)
(Aug. 11 is Tisha B'Av)
Aug. 18 - Sept. 5 Regular Group
Sep. 8 - Sep. 26  Regular Group
(No programs Sept. 27-Oct. 27; Rosh Hashana-Sept. 30; Yom Kippur- Oct. 9; Succot- Oct.14-20; Simchat Torah-Oct. 21)
Oct. 27 - Nov. 14 Regular Group (Popular Canadian Date1 )
Nov. 17 - Nov. 21 1 Week Group (must meet at 8:00 am)
Nov. 17 - Dec. 5   Regular Group
Dec. 8 - Dec. 26   Regular Group (Chanukah begins Dec. 23)
Dec. 29 - Jan. 16  Regular Group

Click here for the complete 2019 schedule on Sar-El Israel's site

1This date is often preferred by Canadians but all listed dates are available to anybody.

** VFI Plus
The USA sister of Sar-El Canada, Volunteers for Israel (VFI), has collaborated with Gil Travel Group to offer VFI Plus, a program that includes 2 weeks of volunteering plus a week of guided touring for English speakers. This separate program offered by VFI is not connected with Sar-El Canada and we cannot be held responsible for the content etc. For more information please review their offer at: http://www.giltravel.com/tour/volunteers-for-israel. Note this program will be run concurrently with the regular Sar-El Canada program and does not replace it.