Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea in the south of Israel, Eilat also shares borders with Egypt and Jordan. The beaches, nightlife, arid climate and desert landscapes make Eilat a very popular destination for domestic and international tourism. The Gulf of Eilat is also a major destination for diving and snorkeling due to its fantastic coral reef and marine life.
About the Project
Out of the 11 kilometers of Eilat beach that is located within Israeli territory, 1,200 meters have been declared a nature reserve. The Coral Beach Reserve was one of the first nature reserves to be declared in Israel. The Coral Beach Nature Reserve offers a spectacular combination of coral; creating colorful underwater ‘gardens' with butterfly fish, parrot fish, Julie fish, nocturnal fish and many other species, including sea lilies, giant shells and much more. It is one of the most densely populated' coral reefs in the world and the only one in Israel.
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 and travelers and includes the following:
- Volunteer preparation and travel directions to your 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 shared dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on the start date. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
You will become an integral part of the staff that aims to protect this fragile Coral Reef Reserve from countless threats. The work you will do is heavily dependent on which season it is in the country. During the high season (summer) much of your work will center around preparing the beach for tourists. It is of the utmost importance that the beach area remains trash-free so that floating debris does not disturb the ecosystem.
- General maintenance
- Beach cleaning
- Beach observations
- Inform visitors about the beach rules (swimming areas, use of snorkeling gear, etc.)
- Water buoy maintenance
- Assisting park rangers
In order to volunteer at this project, you must be an advanced swimmer. A huge amount of the work being done is in the water and you will need to be able to cope with tides, waves and currents, although usually they are not strong.
- 21 - 40 (This project will consider applications from volunteers over the age of 40 with medical clearance)
- Basic English or Hebrew
- Good physical fitness
- Advanced swimmer
- Phone interview
- Able to endure hot climate
- Motivation to work for nature preservation
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Must bring a water-proof rash guard with long sleeves to wear during work in the water