Israel – Desert Eco-Kibbutz Internship

Get back to nature…in a sustainable, desert oasis community in Israel that focuses on eco-building and sustainable agriculture! Get your hands dirty and live as eco-friendly as possible with like-minded participants to truly make a difference.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Live in an eco-friendly, sustainable community in the Israeli desert
  • Assist in designing, building and maintaining eco -structures in the Eco-Campus, Eco-Park and Nature and Migratory Bird Reserve
  • Help in the development of sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems (permaculture)
  • Live in a holistic manner and enjoy yoga sessions, desert hikes and other nature experiences
  • Gain up to three academic credits (at the discretion of your school)
  • Receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (which allows a recipient to teach permaculture worldwide) upon completion of program

 

Your Schedule at a Glance (Four-week commitment):

Arrival Day: Arrive at Ramon International Airport (ETM). Interns will need to pay for a taxi (approx $60 USD) from the airport to the kibbutz, where they will be met by a coordinator.

Day 1 – Last Day: Interns will work on various tasks each week, and have two Fridays free and two Fridays as half days, in which participants will only work in the morning until 12:30. Saturdays are free days. A typical day during the summer is 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In winter, the days are from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. A typical day includes hands-on training in the eco park, followed by breakfast and eco-campus maintenance and classroom lectures. Interns have a two-hour lunch break in the afternoon. Each week, volunteers will learn about and work in permaculture, design techniques, organic agriculture, composting and more. Departures are on Sundays.

 

Location icon Location of the Project: Arava Desert, Israel

Project length Project length: 4 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ramon International Airport (ETM)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Eco-building, organic gardening, landscaping

Age Age: Min age of 18

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 30 volunteers (This project requires a minimum of 5 participants, any less and the project will not take place.)

Important Note Important Note: In addition to hands-on tasks, interns will also be partaking in various lectures throughout the month. Lecture topics will include alternative technologies, natural building, regenerative community development, permaculture & ecological design and sustainable agriculture.

 

What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared eco-huts

Food Food: Three meals per day are provided

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

 

What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, airport transfers (approx $60 USD each way), personal expenses.

The international beach resort of Eilat is only 50 kilometers away by bus (approximately $5 USD one-way), if participants want to enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe or enjoy the vibrant nightlife. For those that want to see the rest of the country, it is easy to use public transportation and explore Tel Aviv or the north of Israel and no trip would be complete without a mud bath and float in the Dead Sea.

 

Interns will be involved in permaculture design and sustainable engineering, sustainable agriculture, natural building and ecological design and building a regenerative community. The four weeks allow interns to learn about new concepts, as well as to gain hands-on experience implementing them.

 

Some of your tasks may include:

  • Assisting in designing, building and maintaining eco -structures
  • Developing sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems
  • Transplanting & sowing seeds
  • Gardening and harvesting in the organic garden
  • Straw bale construction
  • Conducting soil tests
  • Mixing eco-friendly building mud

 

In addition to participating in hands-on tasks, interns will also be partaking in various lectures throughout the month.

Lecture topics will include

  • Alternative technologies
  • Natural building
  • Regenerative community development
  • Permaculture & ecological design
  • Sustainable agriculture

Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available.

Laundry icon Laundry: There is a laundry room on the campus.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Participants will share single-gender, eco-huts. There will be up to three volunteers per hut. Rooms are equipped with beds, air conditioning, shelves, pillows, linens and towels. The bathroom facilities contain compost toilets. On the kibbutz campus, there is a tea house, dining room, pool (seasonal), football pitch, basketball court and pub which are available to interns.

Food icon Food: Three meals are provided each day. The local team can accommodate for vegetarian and vegan diets.

 

Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High level of English
  • Participants should be in good physical shape

The local staff can help arrange guided tours of popular destinations such as Petra, Jerusalem and Timna Park as well as help organize desert hikes.

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