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You'll be working with Israel's largest green NGO to promote the notion of a more environmental Israel as well as an appreciation for its natural and cultural tradition.

In the early 1980s, reconstruction began on Sataf’s agricultural terraces and restore the two gathering pools serving two local springs, Ein Sataf and Ein Bikura. They re-dug the irrigation networks to the agricultural plots creating the opportunity for visitors to the site to observe hillside farming as it was practiced in Biblical times.

Archeological research suggests that settlement at the Sataf site began around 6000 years ago. It is assumed that 1,500 years later the settlers began to craft the earth so that it could be used for agriculture, moving large volumes of the rocky ground to create small platforms where they grew grapes, olives, figs and pomegranates. As part of the local team, the hands-on work volunteers will engage in while volunteering on this project forms part of the NGO's greater goals of advancing water economy, forestry, education, community development, tourism, and research and development in Israel.
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Location of the Project:  Har Eitan to the west of Jerusalem
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 10 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
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Volunteer Work:  Agricultural and environmental work
Age:  18-80
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 5 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared dorm room in a hostel
Food:  A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided in the hostel dining room and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labaneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There is a self-catering kitchen available for your use and plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.
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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), personal expenses, visa (if applicable).
Sataf is situated high in the Jerusalem Hills and is renowned for its stunning hiking trails and natural beauty - one of Israel’s most beautiful landscapes. Pine forests line the prevailing hills, providing a powerful entry to the majestic city of Jerusalem. The area is steeped in much history and ancient biblical anecdotes where you can see irrigated vineyards, vast olive orchards and landscapes that thrive on agricultural terraces.
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 way to meet fellow volunteers and travelers from around the world and includes the following:
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for travelling around 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 volunteer project via public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

During your time on the project, you will help care for and develop Sataf’s ancient agricultural terraces and farming sites. Tending to the terraces requires hands-on physical work including renovating collapsed walls and putting the stones that create the ancient terraces back in place. For volunteers who enjoy more agricultural work there is also the opportunity to aid in the cultivation of olives, figs and pomegranates.

Volunteers will be collected from the Jerusalem Central Station at 6:45 am and will generally be working on the project site from 7:30 until 13:30. A minibus will return you to your departure point at 2:30 pm and you will have the remainder of the afternoon to explore all the incredible sites Jerusalem has to offer.
Fridays and Saturdays are free days.

This project is ideal for volunteers who enjoy physical work and working with the earth.

Holidays: Please note that the months of September and October have several holidays that may affect your trip. 
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available at your hostel.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities available for a small fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay at a hostel in a mixed-gender dorm room with up to 9 other people and a shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bed linens, towels, air conditioning and a closet. The hostel is located right in the center of Jerusalem, a short walk from the Old City. 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 options.
Food:  During your volunteer placement, breakfast will be served at the hostel. For all other meals, volunteers need to buy and cook their own food or eat out. The hostel is conveniently located in the center of the Jerusalem with easy access to a range of different restaurants and markets. There is also a fully equipped kitchen for your use at the hostel.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Desire to work outdoors and contribute to the success of the terraces.
  • Basic English
  • Physically strong
  • Strong work ethic
  • Able to work as part of a team
During your free time you can visit the many famous historical sites of Jerusalem or enjoy the vibrant nightlife it has to offer. There are also many attractions in and around Tel Aviv and adventure activities such as surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Visiting other cities and attractions including Eilat, the Dead Sea and Masada are easy via public transportation. Don’t miss out on all that Israel has to offer. 

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