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MID TERM VOLUNTEERING 
IN ISRAEL
 

 

OIKOS, in cooperation with the association GoECO, organises international workcamps in Israel. 

GoECO is a volunteer organization established in 2005 by Jonathan Gilben and Jonathan Tal. They both hold University degrees in Environmental/Geography studies. Both have traveled extensively, participated in and created international ecological projects. 

Based on their extensive experience, Gilben and Tal introduced the concept of volunteer tourism in Israel and created volunteer projects locally for participating international volunteers. They successfully ran their first volunteer project at the Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Michmoret, on the Mediterranean Sea, during the summer of 2006. 

 

 


 


 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECTS

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  CODE DURATION NAME OF THE PROJECT PROJECT TYPE
GOECO-01 3 - 8 weeks Desert Wildlife Program Feeding animals and cleaning habitats, maintenance, observations and data collection
GOECO-02 3 - 8 weeks Desert Eco Building Earth & mud building, hosting guests, and maintenance
GOECO-03 8 - 16 weeks Mountain Eco Lodge Sustainable building, experimental bio-farming, hosting guests

 


 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE WORKCAMP

-  Download the application form by clicking here;

    - Pay the participation fee of 130,00 euro on the bank account 14042.46 destinated to Associazione OIKOS, IBAN code IT 10 01030 03215 000001404246 BIC SWIFT: PASCITM1R15 with the payment description "amount mid long termin volunteering". Then you have to send a copy of the payment by fax to the number 06/5073233 or by email to the address  volontariato@oikos.org.

    -  Send the filled application form in English or French to the email address volontariato@oikos.org, preferably 3 months before the starting date, so that everything can by well prepared and organized.  

    The beginning of the activites is up to the availability of each volunteer.
    OIKOS tries to promote the partecipation of everyone.

    The mid and long term volunteer programs are individual and personalised. Evry volunteer is invited to the OIKOS office in Rome to have an orientation meeting and discuss about his/her motivations and skills.

    For further information:  volontariato@oikos.org

     


     



     


    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    CODE PROJECT STARTING DATE
    GOECO-01-1 Desert Wildlife Program 05.09.2016
    GOECO-01-2 Desert Wildlife Program 19.09.2016
    GOECO-01-3 Desert Wildlife Program 29.09.2016
    GOECO-01-4 Desert Wildlife Program 31.10.2016
    GOECO-01-5 Desert Wildlife Program 07.11.2016
    GOECO-01-6 Desert Wildlife Program 21.11.2016
    GOECO-01-7 Desert Wildlife Program 05.12.2016

    GOECO-01-8

    Desert Wildlife Program 19.12.2016

    LOCATION: Arava Desert, 50km north of Eilat. The Negev is a desert region that covers the southern half of Israel. The least populated area in Israel, it is home to a wide variety of people such as the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin as well as unique Israeli wildlife. The wildlife reserve is located in the dramatically scenic Arava Valley, which is part of the Negev. 
    The international beach resort of Eilat is only 50 kilometers away (price to / from Eilat by bus is about $5), if volunteers want to enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe, or enjoy the vibrant night life.  For those that want to see the rest of the country, it is easy to use public transportation and explore Tel Aviv or the north of Israel and no trip would be complete without a mud bath and float in the Dead Sea. 

    PROJECT: As part of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA), the wildlife reserve’s mission is to protect endangered desert animal populations, preserve the native wildlife, and educate the public about the desert and its inhabitants.  This unique area encompasses a variety of arid terrains, including acacia groves, salt-flats, and sand. The reserve features a three-acre penned-in area for herbivores to roam in conditions similar to the wild. In addition, visitors can make their way to the Predators Center, with an impressive array of reptiles, small desert animals, and large predators, and the Desert Night Life Exhibition Hall to observe nocturnal animals during their active hours.

    ACTIVITIES: During the project, you will become an integral part of the staff at the wildlife reserve. Your duties may include the following:

    • Preparing food and feeding animals

    • Cleaning and maintaining reserve facilities

    • Accompanying & assisting park rangers

    • Constructing enrichment facilities

    A typical day: Your volunteer day will start around 7am as you prepare food for the animals and ensure that each is fed appropriately. Afterwards, you will work on a special project which could range from a game drive through the park to maintenance on an enclosure. Your work day will finish around 2pm at which point you will be taken back to the volunteer house for some rest and relaxation.Fridays and Saturdays are free days.

    ORIENTATION: Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great way to meet fellow volunteers and travelers from around the world and includes the following:

    • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program

    • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement

    • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market

    • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife

    • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)

    The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your volunteer project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

    ACCOMODATION: You will stay in a basic house on the reserve grounds in shared, single sex rooms with 2 bunk-beds and a big closet. There is a shared bathroom with a hot water boiler and both the bedrooms and living room are equipped with air-conditioning. The house has a fridge and fully functioning kitchen plus a TV, computer and WiFi for your use.  There is also filtered water at the house and a washing machine. 
    Although food is not provided, you will have the chance to go grocery shopping once a week and cook for yourself in the kitchen of the volunteer house.  There is also a kiosk to buy snacks on the reserve (budget around $80 per week for food).
    WiFi is available at the volunteer house.
    A washing machine is available at the volunteer house.
    Important note: the reserve and accommodations are located a 45 minute walk from the nearest bus stop. Occasionally, rangers and park employees can give you a lift to the bus stop but you should not expect this on a regular basis.  The reserve is quite isolated so you will be spending a lot of your free time with the rangers and other volunteers.  However, there is an opportunity for you to go with the staff to Eilat every Sunday where you can shop tax-free and buy your groceries. 

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Min age 18 - Max age 50

    • Volunteers 40+ must provide medical clearance

    • High level of independence

    • Basic English

    • Good physical fitness

    • Motivation to work with animals

    • Able to handle extreme heat from June - September

    PARTECIPATION FEE: 500$

     


    CODE PROJECT STARTING DATE
    GOECO – 02-1 Desert Eco Building 19.09.2016
    GOECO – 02-2 Desert Eco Building 26.09.2016
    GOECO – 02-3 Desert Eco Building 07.11.2016
    GOECO – 02-4 Desert Eco Building 21.11.2016
    GOECO – 02-5 Desert Eco Building 05.12.2016
    GOECO – 02-6 Desert Eco Building 19.12.2016

    LOCATION: Tzukim 1.5 hours north of Eilat. Located in the Arava Valley, right in the heart of the Negev desert is the Desert Days village. To the west is Wadi Tzofar with its overhanging cliffs and to the east are the red mountains of Edom, Jordan. The landscape of the region was formed by earth movements along the great Syrian-African rift valley and then by the effects of sun, wind, and water over millions of years. Nature has a powerful presence here, radiating both strength and tranquility. Comfortable transportation by bus on the Arava road will take you to Eilat, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. 
    After work hours, volunteers can enjoy this unique desert region, relax by the new eco pool, and just chill out under the stars. You will have the weekends off to explore other regions of Israel such as Eilat and Jerusalem. You can also join yoga lessons once a week at the resort
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    PROJECTDesert Days is a unique eco-lodge resort completely built by hand and from mud and local materials. It's a creative and gratifying experience that requires a lot of hard work. The use of eco-friendly materials in sustainable building is important for two reasons: firstly, for the welfare of our planet; and secondly, simply for ourselves. Building with mud is worlds away from working with concrete, wood, acrylic materials, etc. Since mud is a "tolerant' material, it can be "revived" and re-shaped over a long period of time.  Desert Days was created by a young family to fulfill the principles of simplistic living and close contact to the earth. Guests are hosted from around the world to enjoy this stunning place while learning about and experiencing sustainable living. 

    ACTIVITIES: You will mainly assist with the construction and maintenance of the eco village by using earth found in the surrounding area.  Building a structure can take up to half a year due to the process of first building the frame from wood, then packing it with hay and covering it with three layers of mud.  You will learn different techniques to mold the earth and how to use sustainable materials to create the following:

    • Eco cabins

    • Benches

    • Sitting Areas

    • Decorative patterns

    • Renovation of structures when needed

    There is also a hospitality component to the program that may requireyou to be involved in general maintenance duties such as: cleaning, gardening, repairs, cooking, and preparing huts for eco-tourist guests. During national holidays your duties will focus on hosting guests at the eco village. 

    A typical day: Because of the harsh desert conditions, you will work from about 7am - 10am and then have a long afternoon break during which you can lounge by the pool and relax.  Work will begin again at 4pm and finish around 7pm.  You will be able to gaze at the stars during the evening and chat around the campfire.    

    Volunteers are expected to work 6-7 hours per day / 5 days per week. The team is small, intimate and friendly. The work requires manual-labor and spending lots of hours outside in the Negev desert.  The conditions in the desert are extreme so volunteers need to be prepared for the climate as well as the highly physical work of building and construction.

    ORIENTATION: Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers and travelers, and includes the following:

    • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program

    • Expert advice for travelling around Israel during and after your volunteer placement

    • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market

    • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife

    • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms are available for an additional fee)

    The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning,you will travel to your volunteer project via public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

    ACCOMODATION: You will stay in very basic, rustic Bedouin style huts for 1 - 2 people with mattresses, linens, and wood burning heaters. Facilities include a communal living room, equipped kitchen, shared bathrooms with compost toilets and hot showers, and an outdoor fireplace.  During non-working hours, you can relax by the pool or watch a movie on the laptop.  There is a gas station about a 15 minute walk from the resort if you wish to purchase snacks.  Groceries are provided  for cooking. There is one computer for emails, a 10 minute walk from the resort. Washing machine is available for your use.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Minimum age 18, maximum age 45

    • Conversational English or Hebrew

    • Good physical fitness

    • Strong work ethic

    • Motivation to do physically demanding work

    • Able to work in harsh desert climate

    • Highly independent

    • Full travel and medical insurance

    PARTECIPATION FEE: 480$


    CODE

    PROJECT

    STARTING DATE

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    05.09.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    19.09.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    26.09.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    10.10.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    31.10.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    07.11.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    21.11.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    05.12.2016

    GOECO - 03

    Mountain Eco Lodge

    19.12.2016

    LOCATION: Nimrod is a small Israeli town in the Golan Heights on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon. It is a cooperative agricultural community and the highest town in Israel at 1,110 meters (3,642 ft) above sea level.  Nimrod is located approximately 4 hours north of Tel Aviv.  The location is quite isolated from other towns; the nearest community is a modern Druze village about a half hour walk from the project site.  If you enjoy fresh, clean air, breathtaking views, and an easy, quiet way of life, this spectacular location is perfect for you.

    PROJECT: Situated on one of the highest peaks in Israel, the Nimrod Mountain Eco Lodge is an impressive center for eco-tourism and experimental bio-farming. The lodge sets an example of modern sustainable living on the rugged Golan Heights using down to earth techniques such as grey water systems, construction from recycled materials, natural insulation, and eco-farming.  The lodge works with government organizations to help renew forests while simultaneously implementing ecologically beneficial programs into the local community by working with both orchid owners and farmers to create ecological solutions for the recycling of wood.
    The Lodge is in the process of creating a living and working eco community for people with special needs, there is an opportunity to work with a disabled child throughout the project. There is guidance and training provided for this component.

    ACTIVITIES: The Mountain Eco Lodge program has two main components: sustainable construction and bio-farming.  You may choose to focus on just one aspect or a combination of the two. 
    Eco building with wood: You will be physically challenged with the rewarding experience of building structures from the ground up. You will work with a professional carpenter and discover just how much is possible when pushing architectural boundaries. You will gain carpentry skills while working in the wood shop and you can also bring your DIY (do-it-yourself) knowledge to the project.  
    Eco gardening: You can also work in the eco garden which is using advanced techniques to farm high quality, organic produce. Tending to the plants, trees and vegetables will be quite fulfilling when you taste the fruits of your labor. 
    Community initiatives: The lodge also assists local orchids with disposal of  ‘dead’ wood by chopping it down and distributing it to both the lodge and surrounding communities for fire-wood. This is a great ecological solution for the disposal of this wood so that instead of going to waste, it can be reused in an eco-friendly manner. The lodge also works to help build eco structures for the farmers and surrounding communities. This helps create awareness and spread the message of the importance and accessibility of eco-building.
    Additionally, the lodge has campgrounds which need to be maintained and kept clean for guests that choose to camp.
    You are invited and encouraged to bring your own special skills to the project. There is plenty of room for innovation, so whether you have a special trade skill, or know about web design, yoga, painting, botany, or virtually anything else, there is room at the eco lodge for you to add your own personal touch to the program. 
    A typical day: After you have breakfast, you will head to the wood shop and start working on cutting up wood or using wood to start building structures.  You will have a lunch break and then continue working in the wood shop or garden before finishing for the day and cooking dinner.
    You are expected to work 30 - 35 hours, 5 - 6 days a week.

    *Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

    Due to the high altitude, the temperatures can get quite cold in the winter months (November to March) and you should expect snow and mist during these times. 

    ORIENTATION: Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers / travelers and includes the following:

    • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program

    • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement

    • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market

    • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife

    • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)

    The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and your project will be provided upon registration.

    ACCOMMODATION: You will stay in a comfortable, two-story cabin which has space for 6 people.  On the first floor there are 3 beds as well as the bathroom with hot running water for showers and fully equipped kitchen.  The second floor, which is a loft, can accommodate 1 or 2 people and is ideal for a couple volunteering together.  Provisions will be provided for cooking.  You can use the shared computer for emails. There is a washing machine available for your use.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Min age 18 - Max age 50

    • Conversational English or Hebrew

    • Good physical fitness

    • Strong work ethic

    • Motivation to do physical and demanding work 

    • Full travel & medical insurance

    Note - Confirmation of placement may require a short phone interview with an on-site representative.

     

    PARTECIPATION FEE: 580$

     


     
     

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