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
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.)
I’m a 26 year old guy from Lithuania, currently living and studying in Aberdeen, Scotland. This Summer I experienced the most wonderful travel adventure, I can safely say it was the best time of my life. Fed up with Scottish weather and the workload from my university, I decided to take a gap year…
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.
Arava Desert, Israel