how to say “volunteering” in Hebrew

הִתְנַדְּבוּת

The concept of volunteering goes all the way to Biblical times, where the root נ.ד.ב of that meaning first appears.

To volunteer is להתנדב , a reflexive-intensive התפעל verb. Likewise, volunteering is התנדבות .

For example:

יש מקום התנדבות מעניין בשכונת בקעה בירושלים.

There’s an interesting volunteering place in the Baka neighborhood in Jerusalem.

That wasn’t a fictional example – there really is a volunteering opportunity I highly recommend to those wishing to improve their Hebrew:

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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