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About GoEco

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The first ever group of GoEco volunteers

How it all began

The GoEco volunteer organization was established in 2005 by Jonathan Gilben and Jonathan Tal. They both hold University degrees in Environmental/Geography studies. Both have traveled extensively, participated in and created international ecological projects. 

Based on their extensive experience, Gilben and Tal introduced the concept of volunteer tourism in Israel and created volunteer projects locally for participating international volunteers. They successfully ran their first volunteer project at the Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Michmoret, on the Mediterranean Sea, during the summer of 2006. 

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Meet the GoEco Team

 

Meet Jonathan Gilben - Co-Founder & Co-Director

  Jonathan leads the daily operations of GoEco. After completing his B.A. in Environmental Studies, he began volunteering at different conservation projects around the world. His positive and powerful volunteering experiences led him to believe that other like-minded people would also enjoy similar opportunities. He then completed his M.A. degree and went on to create GoEco with his high school friend Jonathan Tal.

 

 

 

Meet Jonathan Tal - Co-Founder & Co-Director

 

 

In addition to being a Co-Founder and Co-Director, Jonathan is also the GoEco Marketing Manager and Systems Manager. Every day he finds creative ways to solve technical problems and keep the tech-end of the company running smoothly. He holds a B.A. degree in Geography Studies and has volunteered at wildlife and conservation projects in many countries. Together with high school pal Jonathan Gilben, he founded GoEco in order to offer other people the chance to be involved in responsible, green tourism.

 

 

 

Meet Donna - US & Canada Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America 

 

From: California, USA

Favorite volunteer experience: I just completed a two-year round-the-world adventure.

Dream volunteer project(s): I'd love to visit the Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It would be amazing to participate in a 3-day photography course AND walk with lions in the same day.

Email: abroad@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 502

 

 

Meet Mirele - Worldwide Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are anywhere in the world outside of Canada and the US

 

From: Michigan, USA

Favorite volunteer experience: Working at a health clinic and after-school program with kids in a village in Nicaragua.

Dream volunteer project(s): The Ultimate Wildlife and Social Volunteer Project in South Africa

Email: ambassadors@goeco.org 

Phone: +44 203 318 4004 Ext. 503

 

 

Meet Ron - US & Canada Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America 

 

From: New York City

Favorite volunteer experience: Building ramps for the disabled at Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Project(s) where I would like to volunteer: Great Barrier Reef Conservation in Australia. 

Email: ron@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 507

 

 

 

Meet Alejandro - US & Canada Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America 

 

From: Israel

Favorite volunteer experience: I completed a year and a half volunteer program in a kibbutz in the north of Israel. 

Dream volunteer project(s): Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.

Email: alejandro@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 506

 

 

 

Meet Efrat - Israel Volunteer Consultant & Operations Manager

Contact me if you are Israeli and want to volunteer abroad

 

From: Israel

Favorite volunteer experience: I have loved volunteering at many of our projects in Israel and Iceland.

Dream volunteer project(s): The African Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe and the Monkey and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in South Africa.  

Email: goeco@goeco.co.il

Phone: +972 (77) 552 - 7000

 

 

Meet Shira - Operations Manager 

Contact me if you have already registered and need help before or during your volunteering

 

From: New Jersey, USA

Dream volunteer project(s): The At-Risk Youth in Jerusalem, Israel

Email: volunteer@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 510

 

 

Meet Tatyana - Admin Manager

Contact me with any questions related to project billing and insurance

 

From: Russia

Favorite volunteer experience: Gan AKIM in Tel Aviv.

Dream volunteer project(s): Elephant Rescue and Conservation and Child Care and Community Work

Email: admin@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 515

 

 

Meet Cassandra - PR & Content Manager

Contact me with questions related to content, media opportunites & affiliate marketing

 

From: Toronto, Canada

Favorite volunteer experience: Volunteering at an animal shelter with the GoEco team!

Dream volunteer project(s): The Elephant Village Experience project in Thailand and Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation in Croatia.

Email: content@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 514

 

 

Meet Yan - Israel Field Coordinator

I'm usually out in the field so I'll see you soon if you are at a project in Israel

 

From: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Favorite volunteer experience: All of the Israel programs and Iceland.

Dream volunteer project(s): the Elephant Rescue & Conservation project in Thailand.

 

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