Why be a Magen David Adom Volunteer?
Magen David Adom provides emergency services throughout Israel and works with its volunteers to provide effective first-aid treatment.
The Volunteer Program allows you to be part of this mission.
Volunteers spend two incredibly exciting and satisfying months gaining hands-on experience giving first-aid and emergency care, while experiencing “real life” in Israel.
As a volunteer, you will:
- be trained in basic first-aid
- receive certification as a Magen David Adom “First Responder”
- be placed in an MDA station, working as an ambulance volunteer alongside Israeli volunteers and staff
- work a 8-hour shift, 5 days a week
MDA Volunteer Experience
Our 10-day program with MDA is shortly coming to an end. The past 10 days have been intense yet eye-opening experience into what the volunteers and workers of MDA in Israel do. As well as providing insight to what everyday Israelis have to go through. It has made us realised what a privilege it is living in Australia.
It has given us the opportunity to connect and make friends with people in other countries such as Swaziland and Venezuela only to name a few.
We have all chosen to come to Israel on our summer break to volunteer and to help others in Israel. We begin each day at 8:30 and finish at 8:30 that night, however out night doesn’t end there, we gather in the lobby and sit with our new friends and leaders who have been incredible throughout this experience. The leaders have taught us not just the basic CPR but also the appropriate manner to talk to our patients.
Israel can sometimes be seen as a dangerous place but at the end of the day Israelis are there for each other regardless of ones religion and colour. It has really inspired us to look beyond ones appearance and help those in need. We are both very excited to see what will come from this experience and what challenges with rise during our Magen David Adom volunteering.
Written by Hanna Unger from Melbourne and Noa Baker from Melbourne
For more information about volunteering for MDA please visit mdavolunteers.org.