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This up and coming bakery is at the forefront of vegan desserts.  The owner, Assaf, is a passionate chef with experience in cooking all types of food but has found a passion when it comes to creating high-end, delicious vegan pastries that rival the taste of any regular dessert.  He constantly challenges himself and those that work with him to find new, inventive ways of using food products to create amazing, vegan-friendly flavors.

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Location of the Project:  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Project length:  3 weeks - 10 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Volunteer Work:  Vegan baking
Age:  16-80
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Number of Volunteers:  3

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared dorm room in a hostel
Food:  Basic breakfast included at hostel and vegan lunch
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Insurance:  Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr support

What's not Included

Flights, dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Jerusalem (budget around $15), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (around US$5), personal expenses

From desert landscapes to metropolitan cities, Israel is a country with a lot to offer.  Tel Aviv is a bustling city and has all of the amenities you would find in any iconic European city. White sand beaches stretch along the city’s coast and UNESCO buildings add to the interesting architecture. Tel Aviv is full of cafes, restaurants, museums and historic sites as well as bars, clubs and cultural festivities.

As an intern, you will learn how to make vegan pastries and desserts from ingredients which are not typically found in regular desserts.  For example, because the bakery does not use milk or butter, Assaf makes these products from scratch by using nuts and seeds.  Interns will be able to try their hand at making these types of ingredients as well as vegan chocolate for the incredibly delicious chocolate mousse and creamy fillings for strawberry crumbles.
There is no need to have any prior cooking or baking knowledge as long as you have the desire to learn and the willingness to try new things.

A typical day: After enjoying breakfast at your hostel, you'll head off to your internship to assist with the day's tasks. This could include measuring ingredients, making batters, packaging products, and much more. After a break for lunch, you'll continue with any unfinished work before heading back to your hostel to clean up and cook dinner (or try out to one of the many restaurants in the area). You'll work 5 days a week for about 5-7 hours a day. 

Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi in the hostel
Laundry
Laundry:  Washing machines available at about US$7 per wash.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay at a hostel in a mixed sex dorm room with 3 other people and shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV, a closet, as well as a mini-fridge which you are welcome to use. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few minutes 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 hostel from 7:30am - 9:30am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea). You can prepare your own lunch and dinner in the fully equipped kitchen at the hostel and you can buy your groceries at one of the many markets in the area. A family-style vegan meal will be provided at the bakery as well.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 16 years old
  • Responsible, reliable and flexible
  • Genuine interest in learning about vegan baking

There are many attractions in Tel Aviv and adventure activities such as surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing.  Visiting other cities and attractions including Jerusalem and Eilat, the Dead Sea and Masada are easy via public transportation.  You can travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra.  Israel has some of the best nature areas and hiking trails such as the Jesus Trail in the north and those that are in the Negev Desert.

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 and 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 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

Important Note: Each work day, volunteers will take the bus from the hostel to the project (around 20 minutes, extra fee 13 NIS per day).

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