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Situated on one of the highest peaks in Israel, the Mountain Eco Lodge sets an example of modern sustainable living in the rugged Golan Heights, using down to earth techniques such as grey water systems, construction from recycled materials and natural insulation.  

 
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Location of the Project:  Nimrod, Mt. Hermon
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
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Volunteer Work:  Sustainable building, gardening, hospitality
Age:  18 - 50 Age Exceptions: This project will consider applications from volunteers over the age of 50 with medical clearance
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 3 international volunteers
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Important Note:  This project is located at a high altitude and it is cold in the winter. The location is isolated and is ideal for independent travelers.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared cabin dorm
Food:  Provisions for cooking are provided
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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, round trip airport transfer (approx $45), transportation to the project (approx $25), personal expenses, visa (if applicable).
Nimrod is a small Israeli town in the Golan Heights, on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon. It is a cooperative agricultural community and the highest populated town in Israel, at 1,110 meters (3,642 ft) above sea level. Nimrod is located approximately 4 hours north of Tel Aviv.  The location is quite isolated from other towns; the nearest community is a modern Druze village about a 30-minute walk from the project site.  If you enjoy fresh, clean air, breathtaking views and an easy, quiet way of life, this spectacular location is perfect for you!    

 
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 / travelers and includes the following:
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the 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
  • One-night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 12:00 PM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and your project will be provided upon registration.

The Mountain Eco Lodge program has three main components: construction, gardening and hospitality. You may choose to focus on just one aspect or a combination of the three. 

Construction: You will be physically challenged with the rewarding experience of building structures from the ground up. You will work with a professional carpenter and discover just how much is possible when pushing architectural boundaries. You will gain carpentry skills while working in the wood shop and you can also bring your DIY (do-it-yourself) knowledge to the project.  

Gardening: You can also work in the garden, tending to the plants, trees and vegetables. You will even taste the fruits of your labor. 

Hospitality: During the busy season, volunteers assist staff with maintenance of the campgrounds, which must be kept clean for Lodge guests.

A typical day: After you have breakfast, you will head to the wood shop and start working on cutting up wood or using wood to start building structures. You will have a lunch break and then continue working in the wood shop, garden or campgrounds during the busy season. You are expected to work about 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Due to the high altitude, the temperatures can get quite cold in the winter months (November to March) and you should expect snow and mist during these times.

There is a high chance that you could be the only volunteer at the project or with just one other volunteer. You will need to be the type of person that is highly independent and ready to work hard. There is limited interaction with those outside of the project. This project is ideal for those who want to learn about carpentry or gardening. You will be involved in physically challenging yet rewarding tasks and should be prepared for such work.

Holidays: Please note that the months of September/October have several holidays that may affect your trip. 
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available in the accommodations.
Laundry
Laundry:  There is a washing machine available for your use.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in a comfortable, two-story cabin with hot water for showers and a fully equipped kitchen. The second floor, which is a loft, is ideal for a couple volunteering together.
Food:  Provisions will be provided for cooking, but volunteers prepare their own meals.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Min age 18 - Max age 50
  • Conversational English 
  • Good physical fitness
  • Strong work ethic
  • Motivation to do physical and demanding work 
Note: Confirmation of placement may require a short phone interview with an on-site representative.
In the local area, you can visit the ancient ruins of the Nimrod Fortress which dates back to the Crusaders era. Beautiful national parks in this region include the Banias Waterfall, Tel Dan Nature Reserve and Mt. Hermon, which offers skiing during winter months. The mountain villages of Majdal Shams and Mas'ade offer a unique insight to Druze culture and cuisine.  Venturing outside of the northern part of Israel, popular places to visit include the Dead Sea, Eilat, Tel Aviv and the Negev Desert which has a variety of interesting activities.  
 
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