Shalom, salaam, and greetings from the Holy Land! We at GoEco are based here in Israel so this beautiful, multicultural, multifaith country holds a special place in our hearts. Besides the expansive beaches of Tel Aviv, incredible history of Jerusalem, and the free-flowing hummus, this little country has an unbelievable amount of places to go and things to see. Travelers to the Land of Milk and Honey have a lot of options to volunteer, whether it be with animals at a wildlife reserve, helping with the Red Sea coral reef conservation effort, or learning sustainable building at an eco-tourism hotel in the desert.
Arava Desert, Israel
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
Druze Village, Israel
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.