Since 1983, over 5,000 retirees from the USA and Canada have skipped the classic ritual of heading to Florida or Palm Springs for the winter, choosing instead to spend the season in Israel with the Canadian & American Active Retirees in Israel (CAARI) Program.
The CAARI program, designed for the active 50+ age group, offers an in-depth view of Israel connecting you with Eretz Yisrael and the people of Israel. Whether traveling through the Country, meeting Israelis and working side by side with them, is what CAARI is all about!
Volunteer in schools, Botanical Gardens, rehab centers, animal shelter & JNF forests. Tour ancient and modern Israel from the Galilee to the Negev. Learn about Israel’s issues & challenges. Meet political leaders, journalists, professors, artists and more.
CAARI stands for Canadian & American Active Retirees in Israel. For the past 40 years, over 5000 active retirees, from Canada and the USA, have participated in this unique travel program.
CAARI is designed for active people, aged 50 or over. The Program offers active seniors an opportunity to contribute to Israeli society and to develop appreciation and knowledge of the country, its people, history and the work of the Jewish National Fund. Participants work in the community and JNF forests, tour the Land of Israel, visit historical sites, new technologies, meet Israelis socially and learn about Israel’s issues and challenges.
Tikun Olam is a Jewish concept of making the world a better place by helping others. The volunteer portion of the CAARI Program provides participants with various opportunities to do just this, give of themselves to others. You make a difference by tutoring elementary students to improve their English with a native North American voice, or if your interest is with working with plants and gardens, help out at the Botanical Gardens. The staff and patients at Ichilov Hospital are always appreciative of the CAARI volunteers who assist in serving meals and lending a helping hand to the staff.
The CAARI volunteer service takes place in Tel Aviv (January 12-26 and February 5-13). It does not require knowledge of Hebrew. CAARI works in cooperation with the Tel Aviv Municipality Community VOLUNTEER Service Department and the Elementary Education Department in selecting volunteer service projects, as well as, the Botanical Gardens located on the campus of Tel Aviv University.
The volunteer service portion of the program is approximately 4 morning hours a day, 3-4 days a week during the four weeks the group is in Tel Aviv. The following are the current volunteer opportunities, we are always looking for new opportunities.