Location: Mt Scopus, Jerusalem.

Description of Volunteer Service:
Assistance with non-medical duties within an assigned department. The departments to which you may be assigned are: Oncology, Paediatric, Internal Medicine, E R/Emergency Room. Please note that the medical environment in which you are working can be emotionally intensive and, in some cases, confronting.

Length of Volunteer Service:
Length: 2 to 3 months. An alternative period of time can be discussed. Hours per Day: 4-5; Days per Week: 3 to 4

Skills Required:
• An interest in working in a medical environment in which patients are Jewish, Arab, and International. Ability to use initiative.
• Language Requirements: English. Other languages and some knowledge of Hebrew useful.

Entitlements of Volunteers:
Please note that no accommodation or financial remuneration is available. Therefore volunteers need to be self-supporting. Volunteers are entitled to eat lunch in the employees’ dining room at a nominal price on their days of volunteering. Each volunteer is insured by Hadassah against work accidents while working and on the way to and from the hospital. However, it is essential that foreign volunteers are covered by their own insurance during the length of their stay in Israel as Hadassah insurance does not cover medical expenses incurred outside of volunteer hours.

If you are interested ask for an application form. Please note that vaccinations will be required according to the Israel Ministry of Health, and a vaccination form will be sent to you in order for you to comply before arrival in Israel.

Please note that Hadassah does not provide accommodation or other expenses and the volunteer program would need to be a minimum of 6 weeks. Everyone who has done it has found it a very meaningful time and been greatly appreciated by staff.

Contact details: mjcarlill @ gmail.com

Volunteer Duties:
Duties may vary from day to day and are carried out according to the wishes of the Head
Nurse. An example [only], of duties, is below,
• Tidying and light cleaning of rooms connected to the medical ward
• Organizing and restocking medical supplies
• Organizing linen and changing beds
• Light cleaning and organizing patients’ rooms
• Patient interaction and assistance
• Running errands to various parts of the hospital
• Department-specific tasks

Information about Hadassah:

Brief History of the Hadassah Hospital
The Hadassah organization was established in 1912 in New York City to provide health care in Ottoman-occupied Jerusalem.

In 1918, Hadassah established the American Zionist Medical Unit (AZMU), manned by 45 medical health professionals. The AZMU helped to establish six hospitals in Palestine which were then turned over to municipal authorities. That year, Hadassah also founded a nursing school to train local personnel and create a cadre of nurses.

In 1919, Hadassah organized the first School Hygiene Department in Palestine to give routine health examinations to Jerusalem school children. During the Arab riots of 1920, Hadassah nurses cared for the wounded on both sides. Henrietta Szold moved to Jerusalem that year to develop community health and preventive care programs.

In 1921, a Hadassah nurse, Bertha Landsman, set up the first Tipat Halav perinatal care center in Jerusalem, and Hadassah opened a hospital in Tel Aviv. The following year, it established a hospital in Haifa.[5] In 1926, Hadassah established the first tuberculosis treatment center in Safed.

In 1929, Hadassah opened the Nathan and Lina Straus Health Center in Jerusalem.

In the 1930s, planning began for a new hospital to replace the Rothschild hospital founded in 1888 on Street of the Prophets, Jerusalem.

Hadassah’s Achievements
From the very beginning, Hadassah’s pacesetting progress has set the standard for medicine in
Israel; this standard is excellence. An impressive list of achievements – each of them trailblazing – is a testimony to Hadassah’s vision and mission. Today, the Hadassah Medical Organization continues to march forward to make the world a better place through healing, teaching, and research.

For over nine decades, Hadassah has extended its hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin. People from all the countries in the region turn to Hadassah for hope and help. They are treated alongside patients from the Mediterranean Basin, Europe, South America, and the United States.

Hadassah and Jewish – Arab relations
For over a century, Hadassah has extended its hand to all, regardless of race, religion, or gender. People from all the countries in the region turn to Hadassah for help. Arab patients are treated with equal care and Arab and Jewish doctors and medical staff work together.

The Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem
This 800-bed tertiary care hospital treats virtually every conceivable aspect of modern medicine and serves as a national referral center for complex and challenging medical cases. With over 130 departments and clinics, Hadassah Ein Kerem provides Israel’s most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services for the local and national population and a significant number of international patients.

Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus
This 350-bed community hospital serves the heavily populated Jewish and Arab neighborhoods of northern and eastern Jerusalem, with over 30 departments and clinics.