Trip to Israel
We have team members from all over the world, so we do not organize a group flight. We suggest online booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity. Start looking early–there are often good deals to be had with a little legwork. We will ask you to provide us with detailed travel information once you have it, and we will try to put people in touch with other participants who happen to be on the same flight.
Once you arrive in Israel, the dig will provide transportation from the airport to the kibbutz and from the kibbutz to the airport at the beginning and end of each dig week.*
*signup for the dig bus, is available only after you’ve completed all registration for the season and will be available soon.
Many travel guides mention the following wisdom: Take half the clothes and twice the money. This is good advice! You will almost certainly not need as much stuff as you might think. For tried-and-true advice on packing, check out the tips and tricks from our seasoned staff member Erin Hall on on the Kiriath-Jearim blog.
Israeli electrical current is 220/240V. Any electrical appliances brought from North America will require the appropriate converters (for the voltage), and/or an adapter plug (to fit in the outlet).
There is a laundry service available at the kibbutz. There will be a designated day each week when laundry can be sent. Details will be explained on site. You should bring a mesh laundry bag with you in which you will place small items like socks and underwear. You may also be asked to write your name in other clothes. While we try to take as much care as possible, it is probably not a good idea to send very delicate clothes to the laundry. If there is something very special to you, consider hand washing it yourself.
The linens in your hostel room will be changed once a week on a designated day. However, they do not provide us with towels, so don’t forget to pack at least one (and another one for the pool). You will receive instructions concerning logistics for this service once you arrive.
Weekends begin Thursday afternoon after lunch and end Saturday evening at dinnertime.
Your room fees include the cost of your room for the whole length of your stay, including the weekend. That being said, we highly recommend traveling over the weekend!
Note that many businesses and all public transportation will start to close Friday afternoon for Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) and only reopen Saturday night. But team members can get together and arrange a private taxi or even a bus after the beginning of Shabbat. We are happy to help you! We can suggest many travel itineraries throughout the country and places to stay. On the Kiriath-Jearim blog you can find a few suggestions for travels tips to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Dead Sea area. If you have any more questions or in need for a more tips just ask, and more will be published here on the Megiddo blog!
If you do choose to stay over the weekend, remember that the Expedition does not provide meals on the weekend— you are on your own for Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch. Meals can be prepared in the small kitchenette. Stores and restaurants in neighboring area will be open on Shabbat so there are lots of options!
For those who are arriving or departing for a given week, we will provide a dig bus from the airport to the site on Saturday, and from the site to the airport on Thursday.
For those staying on in a given week, whether you travel over the weekend or stay on site, everyone will reconvene at Saturday dinner to begin the next dig week.
Rooms must be vacated on the final day of the Team Member’s stay. We regret that Team Members are not permitted to remain in the kibbutz after the close of the Expedition. The accommodations are booked, and must be readied for the next occupants.If you have paid your fees but unexpectedly have to change your plans, refunds for dig participation and/or course withdrawal can be granted prior to April 15, 2018. Refunds for course withdrawal or cancellation of dig participation after April 15, 2018 cannot be guaranteed and are at the discretion of the excavation directors.
Mail and Letters to the Kibbutz
If you wish to receive letters or packages during the season, please make sure you send them to:
The Megiddo Expedition
Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, 1923600