After a short journey from a friend’s house in the Galilee, I reached a hostel in Jerusalem the day before the official orientation day of my GoEco experience. I had a nice start at the hostel thanks to the great staff and a night out with my hostel roommates. Everything was absolutely “sababa.” Continue reading Betiina’s blog post
As I was leaving home, I wasn’t sure what to expect of my time abroad. I had decided to volunteer in Israel at the Nazareth Hostel Volunteering Project. It was the first time I was travelling by myself for an extended period of time. However, as soon as I arrived at the inn in Nazareth, I realized that everything was going to be great. I was welcomed very warmly by the staff and the other volunteers. Continue reading Jake’s blog post
So, my friend and I decided to go to Israel for a month. Is that a good idea? Let me tell you already: YES. At times it was a bit… problematic (being overwhelmed by flies, ostriches trying to eat our car, not dying of heat..), but we survived, and we loved it! Continue reading Anna’s blog post
Two years ago I traveled to Israel on a long-term program, which had a tremendously positive impact on my life. I only returned home to finish school, and when I completed my degree, I knew I would travel right back. I just needed to find a way to get there. I relied on the ever so trusted google.com to take me to a new volunteer experience back to my favorite country. I landed at the GoEco website that participates with many partners around the world to help communities and organizations by bringing international volunteers abroad. I found a project called “At-Risk Youth in Jerusalem,” it sounded perfect. I was interested in pursuing a helping profession and decided that an experience of this nature with youth would be right up my alley. Continue reading Avallon’s post
Before I embarked on my GoEco adventure, I was living and working on a kibbutz near Gaza. I had no preconceived expectations of how GoEco ran their organization or how they treated their paying customers; I only had my kibbutz programme as a benchmark but I was excited to start volunteering at the Desert Wildlife project. Continue reading Deborah’s blog
After discovering GoEco through a local organization, I decided to partake in an internship abroad. After reviewing the projects, I decided that volunteering in Israel at the Mountain Eco Lodge would give me the experience I was looking for. I was embarking on an opportunity to discover a new country with its local population, its customs, religion and lifestyle. I turned to Israel, a unique country with its numerous and diverse landscapes, particular mode of life and rich history filled with cultural and religious significance.
Go right now, right here! Pack your bag, book your flight tickets! You’re going to volunteer in Israel, specifically the lovely town Mughar. The Multicultural Eco Summer Camp is waiting for you. … Or wait a minute, remove your factor 50 sun screen from your backpack again! If your ideal vacation is a trip to Sunny Beach with colourful umbrella-filled drinks and parties ‘till the break of dawn, you can stay at home. Or just go to Tel Aviv.
If, on the other hand, you are ready to cover your shoulders and knees for 15 days, not drink alcohol, and get an unforgettable insight into the Drusian culture, you can repack the sunscreen. Continue reading Veronika’s post here
I had already been living abroad on my own for a year but the idea of spending two weeks volunteering at a summer camp in an Israeli Druze village without knowing anyone was still pretty daunting. Although I had prior experience working with kids, teaching English to a group of seventy-five Druze children, aged seven to thirteen, still seemed a bit intimidating. Continue reading Xin’s post
As with any new experience, I was a little nervous and apprehensive as I had no idea what to expect when volunteering in Israel. Those feelings quickly disappeared upon meeting my fellow volunteers at the GoEco orientation where we were briefed on what to expect and all of our questions were answered.
The most exciting part about my journey was learning about the different cultures and religions. You can read about such things or watch them on TV but it is nothing like experiencing them first hand. I think it’s very important to learn that there are people in this world who were raised differently from you, have different religions, eat different kinds of food but yet you can still relate to them in so many ways.