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Animal Shelter Buddy and Associate

Tel Aviv, Israel show on map

Agency | GoEco

Give vulnerable cats and dogs a second chance and lend a helping hand at this shelter in Tel Aviv.

Known as the city that never sleeps, Tel Aviv is situated on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. Famous for its bustling downtown street scene and exciting nightlife, Tel Aviv is the place to get lost in and explore. Central Tel Aviv or “The White City” hosts the world’s largest gathering of Bauhaus buildings, placing it on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The city is constantly running on high energy bursting with cultural festivals, high-tech startups and busy markets. Telavivians also know how to unwind with the allure of the beautiful beaches along the seashore and their overall laid-back attitude.
About this project
Established in 1927, this animal shelter is the oldest and largest operating shelter in the country. The shelter's primary goal is to end animal homelessness and rescue animals in distress. Thousands of relinquished, abused and abandoned animals are brought to the shelter each year. This project aims to provide them with the humane treatment they deserve. 

The shelter ensures the wellbeing of the animals from the moment they are rescued well into the first month in their new homes. Adopters go through a rigorous process so they are fully aware of the commitment and responsibilities that come with adopting an animal. This practice is put in place to protect these fragile animals from being thrown back on the streets. 
Orientation in Jerusalem
Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers / travelers and includes the following:
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
  • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
  • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and your project will be provided upon registration.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Needy animals continuously outnumber the shelter's staff members and therefore the organization is always looking for helping hands. Interestingly, this shelter is not only limited to house pets. It also rehabilitates and rescues farm animals including horses, bunnies, donkeys and chickens. 
As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to walk and play with the dogs as well as care for the cats. The property is extremely large and is organized in a way that animals are grouped together based on sex, size and type. 

The property grounds have a spacious backyard where you will be walking and playing with the dogs. In the center is a barn with mixed farm animals which is situated next to the area where you will be taking the dogs out for some exercise. At the start of your program you will have an introductory orientation focused on animal care and handling. This orientation is crucial because volunteering at this shelter requires some hands-on work and you will need to know how to deal with animals that have been deserted and neglected. 

Typical day

The hours you volunteer are up to you, but we recommend 4-6 hours a day to make a meaningful contribution to the shelter. You can also choose among the morning, afternoon and evening shifts. 

Most of your time will be spent providing love and attention to the animals in the shelter. Day-to-day tasks vary because of the nature of the work. Common duties include walking the dogs and playing with the dogs and cats that require attention.

Free-time activities

You will be able to book a tour for a number of incredible destinations that you can take during your time off, for an additional fee. Visit ancient Petra and Wadi Rum with a 2 Day Tour or explore Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea with a day tour. Please note, however, that tours are subject to change.

Thanks to Israel’s small size, you could travel from the Northernmost point to Southernmost point of the country in a single day. If you prefer to stay in the city, Tel Aviv will certainly keep you occupied with its lively markets, nightlife, and independent cafés and eateries.    

Previous volunteers have enjoyed the many restaurants that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. If one thing is for sure, Israel has incredible hummus so make sure you head over to Abu Hassan in Jaffa for the country’s greatest hummus.

If you consider yourself an art lover or just looking for a unique experience, you’ll enjoy Tel Aviv’s flourishing art scene. Go gallery hopping and be sure to put the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Dvir Gallery on your list. Don’t forget to visit the Carmel market (“shuk Ha’Carmel”) and bargain like a true Telavivian.

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Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Hebrew (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Compassionate towards fragile animals
-Work well in a group, able to collaborate with others
-Lots of energy
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with GoEco straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for


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Included in the fees are the accommodation, breakfast and our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support.

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

You will stay at a hostel in a same sex dorm room with 5 other people and shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV, a closet, which you are welcome to use. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach. 

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.  
Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

A  traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.  

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv-Yafo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Israel.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Israel provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Israel you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Israel.
Costs (Prices in USD)
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10 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Tel Aviv/Israel between 1 week and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Israel.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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