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Israel - Vegan Bakery Internship

Learn all about gourmet vegan baking from a talented chef while living in Tel Aviv, one of the friendliest vegan and vegetarian cities in the world. You will be taught how to make replacement ingredients from scratch as well as learn how to add special ingredients to desserts in order to make them even healthier.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectTel Aviv, Israel
Project Length3 weeks - 10 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion Internation Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel
Volunteer WorkVegan baking
Number of Participants3
Age16 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationShared dorm room in a hostel
FoodBasic breakfast included at hostel and vegan lunch
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr support
Orientation GoEco orientation in Jerusalem upon arrival
Health Insurance Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration

What's Not Included

Flights, dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Jerusalem (budget around $15), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (around US$5), personal expenses


From desert landscapes to metropolitan cities, Israel is a country with a lot to offer.  Tel Aviv is a bustling city and has all of the amenities you would find in any iconic European city. White sand beaches stretch along the city’s coast and UNESCO buildings add to the interesting architecture. Tel Aviv is full of cafes, restaurants, museums and historic sites as well as bars, clubs and cultural festivities.   


About the Project 

This up and coming bakery is at the forefront of vegan desserts.  The owner, Assaf, is a passionate chef with experience in cooking all types of food but has found a passion when it comes to creating high-end, delicious vegan pastries that rival the taste of any regular dessert.  He constantly challenges himself and those that work with him to find new, inventive ways of using food products to create amazing, vegan-friendly flavors.


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 and 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 10:30 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.


Intern Work and Contribution

As an intern, you will learn how to make vegan pastries and desserts from ingredients which are not typically found in regular desserts.  For example, because the bakery does not use milk or butter, Assaf makes these products from scratch by using nuts and seeds.  Interns will be able to try their hand at making these types of ingredients as well as vegan chocolate for the incredibly delicious chocolate mousse and creamy fillings for strawberry crumbles.

There is no need to have any prior cooking or baking knowledge as long as you have the desire to learn and the willingness to try new things. 

A typical day: After enjoying breakfast at your hostel, you'll head off to your internship to assist with the day's tasks. This could include measuring ingredients, making batters, packaging products, and much more. After a break for lunch, you'll continue with any unfinished work before heading back to your hostel to clean up and cook dinner (or try out to one of the many restaurants in the area). You'll work 5 days a week for about 5-7 hours a day. 


Living Arrangements

Accommodation: You will stay at a hostel in a mixed sex dorm room with 3 other people and shared bathroom.  The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV, a closet, as well as a mini-fridge which you are welcome to use. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few minutes from the beach. 

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.  

Food: A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the hostel from 7:30am - 9:30am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea).  You can prepare your own lunch and dinner in the fully equipped kitchen at the hostel and you can buy your groceries at one of the many markets in the area.  There are also plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.   

Food: basic breakfast provided at hostel (toast with spreads, tea, and coffee), with a fully equipped kitchen available for use.  A family-style vegan meal will be provided at the bakery.

Internet: free Wi-Fi in the hostel

Laundry: washing machines available at about US$7 per wash. 


Travel Highlights

There are many attractions in Tel Aviv and adventure activities such as surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing.  Visiting other cities and attractions including Jerusalem and Eilat, the Dead Sea and Masada are easy via public transportation.  You can travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra.  Israel has some of the best nature areas and hiking trails such as the Jesus Trail in the north and those that are in the Negev Desert.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of 16 years old
  • Responsible, reliable and flexible
  • Genuine interest in learning about vegan baking


Important Notes

Each work day, volunteers will take the bus from the hostel to the project (around 20 minutes, extra fee 13 NIS per day).


Here's an excerpt of Rebecca's experience:


"Every day, Yael and Ella would guide me through new recipes, techniques, and how to overcome the challenges of baking vegan (without eggs, dairy, etc). By the end of my three weeks, I was familiar with almost all the products and techniques used in the bakery.."


Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!



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