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.
I love this place! After a previous Israel tour program, I extended my stay to continue volunteering in Israel for theJerusalem Hostel Marketing and Travel Internship. While I was there, I found out that they were voted the 8th Best Large Hostel in the world, according to the Hostelworld.com 2013 hostel awards. With this amazing hostel as my home-base for traveling in Israel, I was able to meet tons of other travelers and do more than I ever expected.
I just graduated from an Ecology degree and got some time off, so I decided to spend my time volunteering in Israel at the Desert Wildlife Program. I have worked in a tropical Nature Reserve before and it would be interesting to learn about the desert wildlife through this opportunity.
I spent a month volunteering in Israel at the Desert Eco Building program. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I did the program with four of my friends, which worked out nicely because not only was it our first trip together, but also being there together helped us get used to the place very easily.
I was a participant in the GoEco Ecotourism in Central Jerusalem program, fall of 2012. I chose the program because I had attended a study trip and decided to extend it, so I needed something rewarding to do with my time in Israel. Although the placement is in a fairly new hostel, it is very well run and has 24 hour staff, common rooms, and a tour to just about every attraction in Israel. As a volunteer, you can go on all of them free! (A fantastic perk, as I ended up attending all of them.)