2020 Program Details

Excavation dates

Sunday July 26 to Thursday August 13 Saturday, July 25: Volunteers arrive Sunday, July 26: First day of excavation Thursday, August 13: Last day of excavation Friday, August 14: Volunteers depart The work week is Sunday through Thursday with Friday and Saturdays off for relaxation or travel.

Education Program and Academic Credit Rates

The JVRP includes a detailed educational program for all participants. Participants can earn academic credit for the program from Bar-Ilan University. 1. Archaeological Field Methods (3-Credits). Requires participation for 3 weeks. We will be running a 3-week field school in archaeological methods out of Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology. Students interested in receiving 3 credits for the field school will be able to do so through the International School of Bar-Ilan University. The excavation directors, Avner Ecker and Ben Gordon, will be directing the field school with the assistance of graduate students from Bar-Ilan and other members of our staff, who have years of experience excavating around Israel. There will be a group of archaeology B.A. students from Bar-Ilan on the dig as well; they will be joining us as part of their fieldwork requirement for their degree. Stay tuned for more details on the field school, optional field trips, and evening lectures!

Volunteer Rates

Standart room and board:

$500/week (minimum 1 week stay).

Includes room for 7 days and board for Sun-Thurs.

Funding Opportunities

The JVRP is unable to offer scholarships or other types of funding for volunteers. However, there are a number of organizations who offer competitive merit and need-based funding for participation in archaeological excavations. See the following: BASONOVA/BAF Albright Excavation Internship American Schools of Oriental Research Fellowships Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships Archaeological Institute of America Scholarship American Archaeology Abroad Scholarships Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society Grants


Our excavation team is housed at a bed-and-breakfast at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, just a short ride from the excavation site. Team members stay in air-conditioned guest rooms with bathrooms and refrigerator. The kibbutz boasts a grocery store, swimming pool, pub, free wi-fi, and sports facilities. The kibbutz is also centrally located within the country, so weekend trips to almost anywhere are manageable. ​​​​ ​​

Daily work schedule

Our work week begins Sunday morning and ends Thursday afternoon. Fridays and Saturdays are free for you to relax, sleep in, go to the pool, have a BBQ, travel! Our typical workday will begin at 5:00am on the site, with a breakfast break on site at 8:30 and a mid-morning break at 11:00. We will return to the kibbutz at 1:00pm, eat lunch there, and reconvene in the late afternoon for pottery washing and finds processing. There will be regular evening lectures and afternoon site tours.


A group bus for participants will depart the bus station at 5PM on Saturday 22 June to take you to the Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, where we will be staying for the excavation. Please plan your flights accordingly. It can take up to two hours (but usually only one) to get through the airport after landing, so please try to arrive earlier in the day. For those of you who are arriving days early and plan to travel, you're also welcome to get back to the airport to meet the bus. Another email will be sent closer to the arrival date with details about where/how to meet the bus. There will be a JVRP staff member there to collect you.


No matter which passport you hold, you will receive a tourist visa when you go through customs at Ben Gurion Airport. As long as your stay is for 90 days or less, this visa will be sufficient for the dig. Technically, you are considered a tourist who is participating on a dig during your vacation. We will soon send additional instructions and tips about this.

What to bring?

Our team has put together some basic thoughts about what to bring with you. You will find all recommendations HERE

Social Media

Please Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jezreelvalleyrp/ And join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jvrp2011/ The group is a great place to meet each other, plan meet ups for people arriving around the same time, or whatever!

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