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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 Ariella - Worldwide Placement Consultant 

Contact me if you are from any country other than the US & Canada and want to join a project


From: Australia

Favorite volunteer experience: Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa

Projects I would like to volunteer at: Kilimanjaro Teaching and Community Involvement and the Wildlife Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Email: goeco@goeco.org

skype: goeco_volunteering



Meet Melissa - US & Canada Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America and want to join a project


From: New York

Favorite volunteer experience: My most enriching volunteering experience was when I volunteered through Easter Seals for 4 years as a lifeguard for individuals ages 6 - 65.

Projects I would like to volunteer at: Scuba Dive for Research & Conservation in the Seychelles and Teaching & Social Work in Costa Rica.

Email: info@goeco.org

Skype: goeco_info



Meet Donna - US & Canada Placement Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America and want to join a project


From: California

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

Project I would like to volunteer at: I'd love to visit the Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  It would be amazing to paricipate in a 3-day photography course AND walk with lion in the same day.

Email: abroad@goeco.org

skype: goeco_abroad



Meet Bruno - International Placement Consultant for Spanish Speakers

Contact me if you speak Spanish and want to join a project 

Contactame si hablas español y quieres participar de algun proyecto


From: Argentina

Favorite volunteer experience: I love mountainous places.  I've been to farming, building and humanitarian projects in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Israel, Colombia,Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

Projects I would like to volunteer at: Community Aid & Teaching in Fengyan, China and Teaching English in Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal or any Permaculture project.

Email: voluntario@goeco.org

skype: goeco_voluntario



Meet Nimrod - Israel Volunteer Consultant & Coordinator

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 Whale Tourism & Conservation project in South Africa because I love marine life

Email: goeco@goeco.co.il

Phone: +972 (77) 552 - 7000



Meet Alexa - Placement Coordinator 

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


From: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Favorite volunteer experience: I loved volunteering at the Refugee Health Clinic in Tel Aviv

Projects I most like to volunteer at: Any of our marine conservation projects (Mexico, Fiji, Seychelles, Madagascar) to scuba dive all day in AMAZING locations around the world!

Email: volunteer@goeco.org

skype: goeco_support



Meet Tatyana - Admin Manager

Contact me with any questions related to project billing and insurance


From: Russia

Favorite volunteer experience: I volunteer every week to support ending violence against animals.

Projects I would like to volunteer at: the Great White Shark Conservation Project in South Africa and the Sea Turtle Conservation project in Costa Rica.

Email: admin@goeco.org



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 Petersberg, 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




Meet Gabby - Volunteer Consultant

Contact me if you are from North America and want to join a project


From: Los Angeles, California

Favorite volunteer experience: Tiger, Lion & Wildlife Park in South Africa and Rural Healthcare & HIV/AIDS Awareness in South Africa.

Project I would like to volunteer at: the Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica and the Monkey & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in South Africa.

Email: abroad@goeco.org

Skype: goeco_gabriella



Meet Stacey - Content Manager

Contact me with any questions related to content, affiliate marketing or social media


From: California

Favorite volunteer experience: Lion Rehabilitation in Antelope Park and Tiger, Lion & Wildlife project in South Africa.

Projects I would like to volunteer at: Diving & Marine Research in Madagascar and the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in the Maldives

Email: content@goeco.org

Skype: goeco_content



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