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Established in 1927, this animal shelter is the oldest and largest operating shelter in the country. The shelter's primary goal is to end animal homelessness and rescue animals in distress. Thousands of relinquished, abused and abandoned animals are brought to the shelter each year. This project aims to provide them with the humane treatment they deserve.
 
The shelter ensures the wellbeing of the animals from the moment they are rescued well into the first month in their new homes. Adopters go through a rigorous process so they are fully aware of the commitment and responsibilities that come with adopting an animal. This practice is put in place to protect these fragile animals from being thrown back on the streets.

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Location of the Project:  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Project length:  Mimimum 1 week - Maximum 10 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Animal welfare
Age:  18-70
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Number of Volunteers:  1-5

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared dorm room in a hostel
Food:  Breakfast included in a hostel
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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 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Jerusalem, transportation from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, local buses from hostel to project ($3 per day, 10 minutes), personal expenses.

Known as the city that never sleeps, Tel Aviv is situated on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. Famous for its bustling downtown street scene and exciting nightlife, Tel Aviv is the place to get lost in and explore. Central Tel Aviv or “The White City” hosts the world’s largest gathering of Bauhaus buildings, placing it on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The city is constantly running on high energy bursting with cultural festivals, high-tech startups and busy markets. Telavivians also know how to unwind with the allure of the beautiful beaches along the seashore and their overall laid-back attitude.

Needy animals continuously outnumber the shelter's staff members and therefore the organization is always looking for helping hands. Interestingly, this shelter is not only limited to house pets. It also rehabilitates and rescues farm animals including horses, bunnies, donkeys and chickens.
 
As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to walk and play with the dogs as well as care for the cats. The property is extremely large and is organized in a way that animals are grouped together based on sex, size and type. The property grounds have a spacious backyard where you will be walking and playing with the dogs. In the center is a barn with mixed farm animals which is situated next to the area where you will be taking the dogs out for some exercise. At the start of your program you will have an introductory orientation focused on animal care and handling. This orientation is crucial because volunteering at this shelter requires some hands-on work and you will need to know how to deal with animals that have been deserted and neglected. 

A typical day:  The hours you volunteer are up to you, but we recommend 4-6 hours a day to make a meaningful contribution to the shelter. You can also choose among the morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Most of your time will be spent providing love and attention to the animals in the shelter. Day-to-day tasks vary because of the nature of the work. Common duties include walking the dogs and playing with the dogs and cats that require attention.

Internet
Internet:  There is free WiFi at the hostel.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay at a hostel in a same sex dorm room with 5 other people and shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV, a closet, which you are welcome to use. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach. 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:  A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 
  • Basic English or Hebrew
  • Compassionate towards fragile animals
  • Work well in a group, able to collaborate with others
  • Lots of energy

Following registration you will be able to book a tour for a number of incredible destinations that you can take during your time off, for an additional fee. Visit ancient Petra and Wadi Rum with a 2 Day Tour or explore Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea with a day tour. Please note, however, that tours are subject to change.

Thanks to Israel’s small size, you could travel from the Northernmost point to Southernmost point of the country in a single day. If you prefer to stay in the city, Tel Aviv will certainly keep you occupied with its lively markets, nightlife, and independent cafés and eateries. Previous volunteers have enjoyed the many restaurants that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. If one thing is for sure, Israel has incredible hummus so make sure you head over to Abu Hassan in Jaffa for the country’s greatest hummus. If you consider yourself an art lover or just looking for a unique experience, you’ll enjoy Tel Aviv’s flourishing art scene. Go gallery hopping and be sure to put the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Dvir Gallery on your list. Don’t forget to visit the Carmel market (“shuk Ha’Carmel”) and bargain like a true Telavivian.

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
  • 1 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.

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