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Volunteer for a unique coral reef conservation project in the Red Sea and help preserve one of the richest marine environments in the world! 

Program Highlights: 
  • Gain experience in marine and coral reef conservation
  • Spend your days working on a sparkling beach
  • Become PADI certified in your free time (for an additional fee)
  • Tour and sightseeing in Tel Aviv included upon arrival
  • Afternoons, evenings and weekends are free for exploration or relaxing

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment): 

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Volunteers will make their own way to their hostel accommodations in Tel Aviv. Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv and lunch, is provided on this day.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will travel by bus from Tel Aviv to Eilat (bus ticket included in program cost). Volunteers will then be taken to the hostel, where they can relax for the remainder of the evening.

Days 3-4, Wednesday-Thursday: Rewarding volunteer work at the coral reef reserve. You should expect to wake up early and be ready to start working around 9:00 AM. You will help the rangers prepare the beach in the morning and then start with a special project, such as Water buoy maintenance, algae removal or beach cleaning. Your day will finish at around 2:30 PM, leaving you plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, snorkel, scuba dive (for an additional fee) or take a break from the heat. Volunteers can take a PADI Certification Course in their free time.

Days 5-6, Friday-Saturday: All volunteers have Fridays and Saturdays off to rest or explore.

Day 7, Sunday: Rewarding volunteer work at the coral reef reserve.

Day 8, Monday: Departure day. Return bus ticket to Tel Aviv is provided.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of working Monday-Thursday and having Fridays and Saturdays free. Departures are on a Monday.


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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 round-trip bus ticket between Tel Aviv and Eilat is included.
Orientation:  Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv and lunch, is provided upon arrival.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, travel health insurance, lunch and dinner (budget around $80 per week), airport transfer to Tel Aviv (budget around $20), 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.
 
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.  

Orientation (included): Orientation will take place in Tel Aviv on Sunday upon arrival.  
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv
  • Lunch included

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. An important and exciting part of the volunteer work is the cleaning of the buoys. When algae is removed from them, fish swarm to eat the algae and you are surrounded by schools of bright, beautiful fish.

It is of the utmost importance that the beach area remains trash-free so that floating debris do not end up in the water and being eaten by fish. Plastic bags and other beach trash are responsible for the death of countless fish, as the plastic gets caught around them, or ends up in their stomach.

Some of your volunteer tasks may include:
  • Water buoy maintenance
  • Algae removal
  • Assisting park rangers
  • General maintenance
  • Beach cleaning
  • Beach observations
  • Informing visitors about the beach rules (swimming areas, use of snorkeling gear, etc.)
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. Volunteers can take a PADI Certification Course in their free time.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.
You will work five days per week and choose which two days you would like to have 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. Volunteers will receive a SIM card at orientation with 40 GB of data and unlimited calls to US, Canadian and Israeli numbers.
Laundry
Laundry:  Washing machines are available for use at 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, however it is a 30-minute bus ride to the project location. 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:  Breakfast is included daily. Snacks and drinks can be purchased 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 this project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English 
  • Good physical fitness
  • Advanced swimmer
  • Ability 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.

Check out a list of tours you can join for an additional fee, here.

While on this program, volunteers can become PADI certified during their free time for an additional fee.


 
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