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.
What's not Included
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.
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
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 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 month of October contains several holidays that may affect your trip. Expect to have a half day off of work on the 11th, 16th and 23rd of October, and a full day off of work on the 12th, 17th and 24th.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 21
- Basic English or Hebrew
- Good physical fitness
- Advanced swimmer
- Phone interview
- Able to endure hot climate
- Motivation to work for nature preservation
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Must bring a water-proof rash guard with long sleeves to wear during work in the water
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.
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)