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2023 Program Details

  • Excavation dates
    Saturday, June 24 to Thursday, 21 July Saturday, June 24: Volunteers arrive Sunday, June 25: First day of excavation Thursday, July 20: Last day of excavation Friday July 21: Volunteers depart The work week is Sunday through Thursday with Friday and Saturdays off for relaxation or travel.
  • Volunteer Rates
    Standard room and board: $2500 for the full 4-week season. Stays less than the full season are prorated to the week. Minimum stay is 1 week. Includes room for 7 days and board for Sun-Thurs. Friday and Saturday are days off. FLEXIBLE STAY ROOM AND BOARD: Interested in working with us but can't stay for the full time? Contact us for rates based on your schedule: These costs cover your stay at the Kibbutz from June 24, 2017 departing July 21, 2017. Also included are your daily weekday meals. Airfare is not included. The above prices are subject to adjustment if there is a significant change in the shekel/dollar rate. Please confirm the total before sending your check.
  • 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: American Schools of Oriental Research Fellowships Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships Archaeological Institute of America Scholarship American Archaeology Abroad Scholarships Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society Grants
  • Accommodation
    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 - 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--relax, sleep in, go to the pool, have a BBQ, travel! Friday and Saturday accommodation provided, but meals are not. 4:45 AM Bus departs for the site 5:00 AM - 8:30 AMExcavation work on site 8:30 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast on site 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMExcavation work on site 11:00 AM - 11:15 AMBreak 11:15 AM - 1:00 PMExcavation work on site 1:00 PM Bus departs for the Kibbutz 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Leisure time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Processing work at Kibbutz 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Special programming (eg, lectures) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner 8:00 PM - Rest and relaxation
  • Arrival
    A group bus for participants will depart Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv at 5PM on Saturday 24 June to take you to 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 ahead of the excavation, 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.
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