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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 and want to join a project


From: California, USA

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

Project(s) where I would like to volunteer: 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 Coordinator 

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.

Project(s) where I would like to volunteer: The Ultimate Wildlife and Social Volunteer Project in South Africa

Email: goeco@goeco.org

Phone: +44 203 318 4004 Ext. 503



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.

Project I most want to volunteer at: 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

Projects I most like to volunteer at: The At-Risk Youth in Jerusalem, Israel

Email: volunteer@goeco.org

Phone: +1 646 240 4545 Ext. 510



Meet Anat - Admin Manager

Contact me with any questions related to project billing and insurance


From: Boston, USA

Favorite volunteer experience: Gan AKIM in Tel Aviv.

Projects I would like to volunteer at: 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 relations & affiliate marketing


From: Toronto, Canada

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

Project where I'd like to volunteer: The Elephant Village Experience project in Thailand.

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.

Project I would like to volunteer at: the Elephant Rescue & Conservation project in Thailand.


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