Kibbutz Sde Boker

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Kibbutz Sde Boker
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Cathy, volunteers coordinator in Kibbutz Sde Boker

Kibbutz Sde- Boker is located in the Negev desert in southern Israel. The kibbutz is best known as the retirement home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.

It was founded in 1952 by members of a unit that fought together during the War of Independence. The first years was very tough & some of the founders left the spot. The joining of David & Pola Ben-Gurion drove attention & also resources to the isolated Kibbutz, such as teams of volunteers from the Scouts movement & connecting Sde Boker to the Southern Mekorot  national water line. 

Today, the kibbutz has about 450 residents and makes a living from the: Agriculture such as Chicken house and Hatchery, plantations & winery, Solar power farms, “Davik” industries factory, tourism and other small entrepreneurs.

As of today (July 2022) the kibbutz is a Communal Cooperative and has not been privatized, yet the kibbutz is outlining the changes that will suit its members in the future.

As the legend goes, there was a guy named Jesse who came to volunteer and fight 

The name Sde -Boker was given to the kibbutz by the name of Wadi Bakra that flows next to the kibbutz.

Kibbutz Sde- Boker is a starting point for touring the amazing desert area on foot by bike and by car.

The work in the Kibbutz is in the "Chicken farm Refael Yisca" Sde-Boker. It was established. The chicken house team is made up of enthusiastic young & adults workers living on the kibbutz and in the area.


The industry is growing and developing comprising three different departments: Pullets, Chicken Reproduction, and a new hatchery built on the highest new technology.


We invite you to come and join us and be integrated into the chicken house family and the community of Kibbutz Sde -Boker. At the same time you can enrich yourself by learning and experiencing a different culture through working in agriculture and enjoying the community life of the kibbutz.


Work hours are early morning until mid- afternoon. We provide living accommodation, work clothes and shoes. A rich and healthy breakfast is included as part of the working day.

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Please note that the information on this page is general information about the kibbutz. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in this kibbutz. The placement in the kibbutz is decided only following an interview between the KPC staff and the volunteer, upon his arrival to our office in Tel Aviv. We are unable to commit a placement in the kibbutz in advance.