When I first arrived at the Mountain Eco-Lodge my first thought was that I had found the beauty of Switzerland in the heart of the Middle East!
When you think about being a volunteer in Israel, immediately you see in your imagination a picture of holy places, sea, and of course, camels in the desert. In reality, Israel actually has a wide variety of different places to offer. One of these special places is Nimrod.
Nimrod is located in the northern Golan Heights – on the slopes of Mt. Hermon. The landscape and weather of the Golan Heights is totally different from any other region in Israel. So, if you want to be in the coolest area of Israel, work with a team, experience nature,sleep in a wooden hut and party with your new friends – than the Mountain Eco-Lodge project is for you.
For me personally, as someone who has been with GoEco in Iceland and Thailand, I thought what could be exciting about a place like Nimrod?
The beauty of Nimrod
The thing that affected me the most was the nature: the fresh air, the quiet and the green that surrounded me. The sunrise and sunset were infused with orange and pink hues. There was one special occasion where I was walking around outside in the morning, and a mist had covered the landscape around me. It was one of the most amazing experiences – it was as if I was standing in the middle of a cloud. I was so surprised by all the nature because it was so different to other parts of Israel that I had seen before. I think this is what maximized the beauty of this area – because it was totally different.
It was great being a volunteer in Israel and getting to go around to all the Druze villages surrounding the area, to taste all the authentic Druze food!
If shopping centers are not your thing and you love to socialize, than expect an AMAZING experience.
Volunteering at the Eco-Lodge was varied: Starting from assisting in preparing breakfast for guests to gardening and general maintenance work.
The Cooking Unit at the Nimrod Eco-Lodge provides hotel services to many travellers in the northern region of Israel. The guests are provided with a free breakfast that is generally prepared by volunteers.
The Camping Patrol was in charge of the camping site that is often used by those on their way to trek the Golan Heights. Volunteers are in charge of general maintenance like garbage collection and during the summer, one may be asked to help with the berry picking.
Renovation Force:The Nimrod Mountain Eco-Lodge has a number of wooden huts; these are mostly the creation of the director of the Lodge, Guy, who is a professional carpenter. To maintain the high standards of the lodge, volunteers in the renovation squad will need to assist in general maintenance and renovations.
If you need a break from shopping and clubs – if you love nature, trekking and authentic food, then this is the place for you!
The combination of teamwork, group project creations, beautiful landscape and fresh air make volunteering in Israel at the Mountain Eco-Lodge a memorable experience!