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. There are no longer any Monday start dates.
  5. Do not book your tickets before getting approval.
  6. If you are in Israel before the starting date, you must call Pamela (052-821-9945) to find out your meeting time and place.
  7. You are responsible for all your own ground transportation to and from meeting points including the airport and bases.
  8. You may get transportation from Sar-El but it is not guaranteed.
  9. You may elect to stay for the first 2 weeks of any 3 week group with advance notice.
  10. You may be able to stay free at Beit Oded on weekends but be sure to learn their rules and remember, they have a curfew.
  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.

Program Dates


Dec. 03 to Dec. 21 (Chaunukah begins Dec. 13)
Dec. 24 to Jan. 11 2018

Click here for the complete 2017 schedule on Sar-El Israel's site 


Jan. 14 to Feb. 01
Feb. 04 to Feb. 22
Feb. 04 to Feb. 08 (One Week Group. Must meet at 8:00 a.m.)
Feb. 25 to Mar. 15 (March 1- Purim)** VFI Plus
Mar. 18 to Mar. 29 (Two Weeks  - Passover is March 31 to April 6)
Apr. 08 to Apr. 12  (One Week Group. Must meet at 8:00 a.m. April 11 is Yom HaShoah; April 18 is Yom Hazikaron; April 19 is Yom Ha'atzmaut)
Apr. 22 to May. 10 (May 13 is Jerusalem Day)
** VFI Plus

May. 13 to May. 17 (One Week Group. Must meet at 8:00 a.m. Shavuot is May 20)
May. 27 to Jun. 14
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 Traditional Canadian Date
** 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

** 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.