Yochai Porat Overseas Volunteer Program


Dearest MDA May Participants,

Over the last several weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has been prominently covered in both the global and Israeli media. The extent of the virus’s spread and the efficacy of local, national and global responses are being closely monitored and reported.

The Israeli medical system has responded decisively. Starting on March 13, 2020 all foreign nationals entering Israel will need to prove that they have an appropriate place to be in quarantine for 14 days following their entry to Israel. Even within Israel, a moderate ‘social distancing’ protocol has also been enacted.

Following this decision, with a heavy heart Israel Experience, The MDA Overseas team together with MDA Israel has decided to cancel our MDA May Course. In the coming days we will start to process a refund of all the fees you have paid minus your $50 application fee. This also includes any extra payments you may have made to us for housing for the May course.

I have attached the current MDA Course schedule for the rest of 2020-21. If you would like us to move your registration to a different session, please email Shira and we will happily do so!!

Currently our June & July sessions will continue to go ahead as scheduled, however they are also subject to cancellation.

From all of us at the MDA Overseas Program & Israel Experience, we are praying that we will see you all here in Israel!

We encourage you to refer to the English webpage of the Israeli Ministry of Health for updates and details – https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/

Rachellie Paneth

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

Ever dreamed of becoming an ambulance first responder (EMS)? Need up to 200 hours’ worth 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 that have chosen to come to Israel and work side-by-side with Israeli Magen David Adom staff and volunteers on ambulances throughout Israel.

As a 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. From heart attacks to car accidents, 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 a MDA first-responder and immerse yourself in day-to-day Israeli life and connect to your Jewish roots – all while saving lives in Israel.

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