Program Dates

Program Dates

Bases may close during the holidays with little or no warning.   Please  see the following schedule for (Holiday Dates) and the *Blackout Date note following the schedule for more information.

** For  VFI Plus volunteer programs plus touring see VFI Plus’ site.

Click here for the most up-to-date schedule on Sar-El Israel’s site


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Sometimes there are blackout dates due to holidays and volunteers will have to leave the bases,  sometimes for a few days if the holiday is in the middle of the week. Often we are given very little notice from the bases so all volunteers must be prepared in case they have to stay in hotels/hostels during the holidays. If volunteers do not want to incur the expense of staying in hotels, they should avoid coming during any holidays. This applies (but is not limited) to Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Succot, Pesach, and Shavuot. 


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 volunteering plus 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. The program runs concurrently with the regular Sar-El Canada program and does not replace it.