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Desert Wildlife Conservation

Agency | GoEco

Join this unique wildlife conservation program in the desert landscape of the Arava, and help to re-populate the nature reserve with the region's native species!

The Negev is a desert region that covers the southern half of Israel. The least populated area in Israel, it is home to a wide variety of people such as the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin as well as unique Israeli wildlife. The wildlife reserve is located in the dramatically scenic Arava Valley, which is part of the Negev. 
 
About the Project
As part of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA), the wildlife reserve’s mission is to protect endangered desert animal populations, preserve the native wildlife, and educate the public about the desert and its inhabitants.  This unique area encompasses a variety of arid terrains, including acacia groves, salt-flats, and sand. The reserve features a three-acre penned-in area for herbivores to roam in conditions similar to the wild. In addition, visitors can make their way to the Predators Center, with an impressive array of reptiles, small desert animals, and large predators, and the Desert Night Life Exhibition Hall to observe nocturnal animals during their active hours.
 
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 way to meet fellow volunteers and travelers from around the world 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 volunteer project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
During the project, you will become an integral part of the staff at the wildlife reserve. Your duties may include the following:
  • Preparing food and feeding animals
  • Cleaning and maintaining reserve facilities
  • Accompanying & assisting park rangers
  • Constructing enrichment facilities
Important Note
Although food is not provided, you will have the chance to go grocery shopping once a week and cook for yourself in the kitchen of the volunteer house.  There is also a kiosk to buy snacks on the reserve (budget around $80 per week for food).

Minimum Requirements
  • Min age 18 - Max age 50
  • Volunteers 40+ must provide medical clearance
  • High level of independence
  • Good physical fitness
  • Motivation to work with animals
  • Able to handle extreme heat from June - September

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

Your volunteer day will start around 7am as you prepare food for the animals and ensure that each is fed appropriately. Afterwards, you will work on a special project which could range from a game drive through the park to maintenance on an enclosure. Your work day will finish around 2pm at which point you will be taken back to the volunteer house for some rest and relaxation.Fridays and Saturdays are free days.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-High level of independence
-Good physical fitness
-Motivation to work with animals
-Able to handle extreme heat from June - September
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 07:00 - 14:00

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

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

The international beach resort of Eilat is only 50 kilometers away (price to / from Eilat by bus is about $5), if volunteers want to enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe, or enjoy the vibrant night life.  For those that want to see the rest of the country, it is easy to use public transportation and explore Tel Aviv or the north of Israel and no trip would be complete without a mud bath and float in the Dead Sea. 


The reserve and accommodations are located a 45 minute walk from the nearest bus stop. Occasionally, rangers and park employees can give you a lift to the bus stop but you should not expect this on a regular basis.  The reserve is quite isolated so you will be spending a lot of your free time with the rangers and other volunteers. However, there is an opportunity for you to go with the staff to Eilat every Sunday where you can shop tax-free and buy your groceries. 

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Contact & Reservation
$179
/week
$179
/week
2 - 8
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2 - 8
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18+
age
18+
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Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Included in the fees are the accommodation, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as a public bus from Jerusalem to the reserve (one way). 


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 in a basic house on the reserve grounds in shared, single sex rooms with 2 bunk-beds and a big closet. There is a shared bathroom with a hot water boiler and both the bedrooms and living room are equipped with air-conditioning. The house has a fridge and fully functioning kitchen plus a TV, computer and WiFi for your use.  There is also filtered water at the house and a washing machine. 

Dorm Room
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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$500.00
4 weeks
$620.00
5 weeks
$680.00
6 weeks
$740.00
7 weeks
$800.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$860.00
Average fees
$179.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Eilat/Israel between 2 weeks and 8 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.
Deposit (15%)
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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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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Israel.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Ben Gurion International (TLV) in Tel Aviv Yafo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Israel.
Travel Insurance
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If you are intending to volunteer in Israel you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Israel.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Israel while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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