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GoEco

Coral Reef Conservation

Eilat, Israel

Agency | GoEco

Volunteer for a unique coral reef conservation project in the Red Sea and help preserve one of the richest marine environments on Earth.

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.

Duties include:
  • 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.

Minimum Requirements:
  • 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

Typical day

You should expect to wake up early and be ready to start working around 9:00am.  You will help the rangers prepare the beach in the morning and then start with a special project.  Your day will finish at around 2:30pm, leaving you plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, snorkel, scuba dive or take a break from the heat.  

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

You will work 5 days per week and have Friday and Saturday off.  
 
Holidays: Please note that the month of October contains several holidays that may affect your trip. Expect to have a half day off of work on the 11th, 16th and 23rd of October, and a full day off of work on the 12th, 17th and 24th.

Free-time activities

Thanks to the relatively small size of the country and the convenient public transportation options, seeing and doing things outside of Eilat is easy.  


You can experience the spectacular amount of salt in the Dead Sea and lather yourself in the healing mud. Travel further north and enjoy Tel Aviv’s beaches, nightlife, museums and architecture as a large section of the city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

In the northern most section of the country you can visit the Sea of Galilee and the Galilee region, home to many historical and religious sites.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
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
-Good physical fitness
-Advanced swimmer
-Able to endure hot climate
-Motivation to work for nature preservation
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Services by GoEco
Included in the fees are the accommodation as well as 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.
Accommodation
You will stay at the Arava Hostel in a single gender dormitory room with up to 6 people. Your room may be shared with other guests at the hostel who are not volunteering with GoEco. The rooms include beds, linens, and air conditioning.  There are shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen for cooking.  

You can also enjoy the sun terrace with lounge chairs, BBQ area and picnic benches.  Internet, snacks, drinks, lockers and safety deposit boxes (please bring your own locks) are available for an additional fee. The hostel is just 5 minutes from the center of Eilat and 10 minutes from the beach, boardwalk and clubbing area.  

Food is NOT included in the fees: You can purchase breakfast, snacks and drinks at the hostel.  There are plenty of markets nearby where you can buy groceries and you have full use of the kitchen at the hostel.  If you wish to eat out, there are a variety of inexpensive options in the area.  

Internet: WiFi is available at the hostel.

Laundry: Washing machines are available for an additional fee.  

Important notes:  You will need to make your own way to and from  the reserve each day. The reserve is a 20 minute bus ride away and transport will cost you about US$4/day.
Youth Hostel
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Eilat Airport (ETH) in Elat. 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.
Vaccines
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$750.00
3 weeks
$950.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,150.00
Average fees
$331.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Eilat/Israel between 2 weeks and 4 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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