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The Negev is a desert region that covers the southern half of Israel. The least populated area in Israel, it is home to a wide variety of people such as the nomadic, desert people known as the Bedouin, as well as unique Israeli wildlife. The wildlife reserve is located in the dramatically scenic Arabah Valley, which is part of the Negev.
As part of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA), the wildlife reserve’s mission is to protect endangered desert animal populations, preserve the native wildlife and educate the public about the desert and its inhabitants. This unique area encompasses a variety of arid terrains, including acacia groves, salt-flats and sand. The reserve features a three-acre, penned-in drive-through safari area for herbivores to roam in conditions similar to the wild. In addition, visitors can make their way to the reptiles, small desert animals, and large predators and the Desert Night Life Exhibition Hall to observe nocturnal animals during their active hours and feed the large carnivores after sunset if they desire.
Orientation (included): Orientation will take place in Tel Aviv on Sunday upon arrival.
During the project, you will become an integral part of the staff at the wildlife reserve.
Your volunteer tasks may include the following:
A typical day: A typical day: Your volunteer day will start early, as you must arrive at the reserve by 7:30 AM. Upon arrival, you will prepare food for the animals and ensure that each is fed appropriately. Afterwards, you will work on a special project which could range from a game drive through the park to enclosure maintenance. Your work day will finish around 2:00 PM, at which point you will be taken back to the bus stop for your return journey to Eilat for some rest and relaxation. Fridays and Saturdays are free days.
Internet: WiFi is available at the hostel.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, mixed-gender dormitory-style rooms in the center of Eilat. Female-only dorms may be available upon request.
Food: Breakfast is included on the weekends.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Your accommodations are located within the international beach resort of Eilat. During your free time, volunteers may 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.
Check out a list of tours you can join for an additional fee, here.