• MDA Overseas Volunteer Program

    Help save lives in Israel!

    Become a certified MDA first responder and gain real experience on ambulances across Israel as part of Magen David Adom’s Overseas Volunteer Program.


    Have you ever dreamed of becoming an ambulance first responder (EMS)? Need up to 200 hours of emergency medical training on your resume for medical school? Magen David Adom Overseas Volunteer Program is your chance. Join hundreds of young Jewish people from across the globe who have chosen to come to Israel and work side-by-side with Israeli Magen David Adom staff and volunteers on ambulances throughout Israel.

    As an MDA volunteer, you partake in an intense 60-hour first-aid training course that covers material ranging from bandaging wounds to CPR and mass casualty incidents. The five weeks that follow is a chance for you to bring your training experience to the next level. Responding to heart attacks, car accidents, and other calls, you will work eight-hour shifts in the city of your choice and get the opportunity to put the skills you gained in training into actual use.

    Become an MDA first-responder and immerse yourself in day-to-day Israeli life while connecting with your Jewish roots – all while saving lives in Israel.

    Click here to see what our participants say about this amazing experience.


    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close on 2022 June, 19th or earlier if the program fills.

    July 19- September 1, 2022

    All participants will be  Birthright Israel alumni, and are responsible for the cost of and arranging your own flights to Israel. If you are participating directly after the Birthright Israel program you will be responsible for the change and cost fee of the flight. If you join the program right after participating in a Birthright Israel program you will be required to arrange your own accommodation and health insurance between the end of the Birthright Israel program and the beginning of this program.

    Program Cost for the Basic Course
    Participants will be required to submit a $300 program security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    6.5-week program

    10-day emergency training course in Jerusalem (Certificate: First Responder in Israel)

    5-week volunteering period in the Tel Aviv area

    Insurance coverage for the entire duration

    Full board in Jerusalem for the 10-day course

    Weekend retreat including special MDA activities

    Housing included

    Learn a new language

    Independent program live like a local

    Acceptance Criteria

    In order to participate in MDA’s overseas volunteer program, you must me between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.

    Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is mandatory.

    Basic level of conversational Hebrew. We offer an online Hebrew course to prepare for the program. Ask us for more details.

    HIGHLY independent and motivated

    No prior medical knowledge required

    Medical training is conducted in English

    Dorm style housing in the Tel Aviv area.

    For More Information Contact
    Shira Trapolsky mda@israelexperience.org

    Please note, those who participate in an Onward for Birthright Alumni program will not be able to participate in an additional Onward Israel program in the future.