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Out of the 11 kilometers of Eilat beach that is located within Israeli territory, 1,200 meters have been declared a nature reserve. The Coral Beach Reserve was one of the first nature reserves to be declared in Israel. The Coral Beach Nature Reserve offers a spectacular combination of coral; creating colorful underwater ‘gardens' with butterfly fish, parrot fish, Julie fish, nocturnal fish and many other species, including sea lilies, giant shells and much more. It is one of the most densely populated coral reefs in the world and the only one in Israel.  

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Location of the Project:  Eilat (about 350 km from Tel Aviv)
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 10 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion (TLV)
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Volunteer Work:  Assist in preserving the coral reef in the Gulf of Eilat
Age:  18-45 Age Exceptions: This project will consider applications from volunteers over the age of 45 with medical clearance
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 4 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, dormitory room
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Airport Transfers:  Volunteers make their own way to orientation, but a one-way ticket from Jerusalem to Eilat is included.
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Insurance:  Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
Orientation:  Upon arrival, you will receive an orientation in Jerusalem complete with a walking tour of the Old City and its historic sites, shopping in the open market, and indispensable advice about the local culture and customs.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, meals (budget around $100 per week), round trip airport transfer (approximately $45) local bus transportation from hostel to Reserve ($3 per day, 40 minutes), personal expenses.

Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea in the south of Israel, Eilat also shares borders with Egypt and Jordan. The beaches, nightlife, arid climate and desert landscapes make Eilat a very popular destination for domestic and international tourism. The Gulf of Eilat is also a major destination for diving and snorkeling due to its fantastic coral reef and marine life.
 


Orientation in Jerusalem (included):
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 your 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 shared dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 12:00 PM on the start date. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

You will become an integral part of the staff that aims to protect this fragile Coral Reef Reserve from countless threats.  The work you will do is heavily dependent on which season it is in the country.  During the high season (summer) much of your work will center around preparing the beach for tourists.  It is of the utmost importance that the beach area remains trash-free so that floating debris does not disturb the ecosystem. Duties include:
  • General maintenance
  • Beach cleaning
  • Beach observations
  • Inform visitors about the beach rules (swimming areas, use of snorkeling gear, etc.)
  • Water buoy maintenance
  • Assisting park rangers
In order to volunteer at this project, you must be an advanced swimmer.  A huge amount of the work being done is in the water and you will need to be able to cope with tides, waves and currents, although usually they are not strong.

A typical day: You should expect to wake up early and be ready to start working around 9:00am.  You will help the rangers prepare the beach in the morning and then start with a special project.  Your day will finish at around 2:30pm, leaving you plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, snorkel, scuba dive (for an additional fee) or take a break from the heat.  
*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.
You will work 5 days per week and have Friday and Saturday off.  
 
Holidays: Please note that the months of September and October contain several holidays that may affect your trip. Please speak with your placement coordinator for details.

Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available at the hostel.
Laundry
Laundry:  Washing machines are available for an additional fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in a single-gender dormitory room with up to 6 people. Your room may be shared with other guests at the hostel who are not volunteering with GoEco. The rooms include beds, linens, and air conditioning. There are shared bathrooms. Lockers and safety deposit boxes (please bring your own locks) are available for an additional fee. You can also enjoy the sun terrace with lounge chairs, BBQ area and picnic benches. The hostel is just 5 minutes from the center of Eilat and 10 minutes from the beach, boardwalk and clubbing area. 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 accommodation options.
Food:  You can purchase breakfast, snacks and drinks at the hostel. There are plenty of markets nearby where you can buy groceries and you have full use of the kitchen at the hostel. If you wish to eat out, there are a variety of inexpensive options in the area.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Basic English 
  • Good physical fitness
  • Advanced swimmer
  • Able to endure hot climate
  • Motivation to work for nature preservation

Thanks to the relatively small size of the country and the convenient public transportation options, seeing and doing things outside of Eilat is easy.  You can experience the spectacular amount of salt in the Dead Sea and lather yourself in the healing mud. Travel further north and enjoy Tel Aviv’s beaches, nightlife, museums and architecture as a large section of the city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the northern most section of the country you can visit the Sea of Galilee and the Galilee region, home to many historical and religious sites.



 

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