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Supporting a Mountain Eco Lodge

Nimrod, Israel show on map

Agency | GoEco

Help construct and maintain sustainable buildings, explore experimental bio-farming, take in the awe-inspiring scenery and visit the ancient ruins of Nimrod Fortress.

Nimrod is a small Israeli town in the Golan Heights on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon. It is a cooperative agricultural community and the highest town in Israel at 1,110 meters (3,642 ft) above sea level.  Nimrod is located approximately 4 hours north of Tel Aviv.  The location is quite isolated from other towns; the nearest community is a modern Druze village about a half hour walk from the project site.  If you enjoy fresh, clean air, breathtaking views, and an easy, quiet way of life, this spectacular location is perfect for you.    


About the Project
Situated on one of the highest peaks in Israel, the Nimrod Mountain Eco Lodge is an impressive center for eco-tourism and experimental bio-farming. The lodge sets an example of modern sustainable living on the rugged Golan Heights using down to earth techniques such as grey water systems, construction from recycled materials, natural insulation, and eco-farming.  The lodge works with government organizations to help renew forests while simultaneously implementing ecologically beneficial programs into the local community by working with both orchid owners and farmers to create ecological solutions for the recycling of wood.
The Lodge is in the process of creating a living and working eco community for people with special needs, there is an opportunity to work with a disabled child throughout the project. There is guidance and training provided for this component.
 
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
The Mountain Eco Lodge program has two main components: sustainable construction and bio-farming.  You may choose to focus on just one aspect or a combination of the two. 

Eco building with wood: You will be physically challenged with the rewarding experience of building structures from the ground up. You will work with a professional carpenter and discover just how much is possible when pushing architectural boundaries. You will gain carpentry skills while working in the wood shop and you can also bring your DIY (do-it-yourself) knowledge to the project.  

Eco gardening: You can also work in the eco garden which is using advanced techniques to farm high quality, organic produce. Tending to the plants, trees and vegetables will be quite fulfilling when you taste the fruits of your labor. 

Community initiatives: The lodge also assists local orchids with disposal of  ‘dead’ wood by chopping it down and distributing it to both the lodge and surrounding communities for fire-wood. This is a great ecological solution for the disposal of this wood so that instead of going to waste, it can be reused in an eco-friendly manner. The lodge also works to help build eco structures for the farmers and surrounding communities. This helps create awareness and spread the message of the importance and accessibility of eco-building.

Additionally, the lodge has campgrounds which need to be maintained and kept clean for guests that choose to camp.

You are invited and encouraged to bring your own special skills to the project. There is plenty of room for innovation, so whether you have a special trade skill, or know about web design, yoga, painting, botany, or virtually anything else, there is room at the eco lodge for you to add your own personal touch to the program. 

Typical day

After you have breakfast, you will head to the wood shop and start working on cutting up wood or using wood to start building structures.  You will have a lunch break and then continue working in the wood shop or garden before finishing for the day and cooking dinner.

You are expected to work 30 - 35 hours, 5 - 6 days a week.

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

Due to the high altitude, the temperatures can get quite cold in the winter months (November to March) and you should expect snow and mist during these times. 

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

In the local area, you can visit the ancient ruins of the Nimrod Fortress which dates back to the Crusaders era. Beautiful national parks in this region include the Banias Waterfall, Tel Dan Nature Reserve and Mt. Hermon, which has skiing during January - March. The mountain villages of Majdal Shams and Mas'ade offers a unique insight to Druze culture and cuisine.  Venturing outside of the northern part of Israel, popular places to visit include the Dead Sea, Eilat, Tel Aviv and the Negev Desert which has a variety of interesting activities.  

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

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 (intermediate level) and Hebrew (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Good physical fitness
-Strong work ethic
-Motivation to do physical and demanding work
-Full travel & medical insurance
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

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, provisions for cooking 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 in a comfortable, two-story cabin which has space for 6 people.  On the first floor there are 3 beds as well as the bathroom with hot running water for showers and fully equipped kitchen.  The second floor, which is a loft, can accommodate 1 or 2 people and is ideal for a couple volunteering together.  

Internet: You can use the shared computer for emails.

Laundry: There is a washing machine available for your use.
Bungalow
Food & Beverages

We will provide you with provisions cooking.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
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)
$710.00
3 weeks
$840.00
4 weeks
$970.00
5 weeks
$1,100.00
6 weeks
$1,250.00
7 weeks
$1,380.00
8 weeks
$1,510.00
9 weeks
$1,640.00
10 weeks (max. stay)
$1,770.00
Average fees
$266.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nimrod/Israel between 2 weeks 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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