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Learn to be a vegan baking extraordinaire, as you do an internship in one of the Middle East’s most exciting and modern cities, Tel Aviv.  

Program Highlights: 
  • Experience living in one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world, Tel Aviv
  • Spend your days surrounded by the delicious scents from desserts and other baked goods
  • Learn to bake with atypical ingredients that are used in vegan cooking
  • Live a stone throws away from the beach and a never-ending nightlife
  • Have the opportunity to visit some of the most extraordinary sites in the world, such as the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment): 

Arrival Day, Sunday:
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Volunteers will make their own way to their hostel accommodations in Tel Aviv. Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv, is provided on this day.

Days 2-7, Monday-Thursday: You will begin your internship on Monday and are expected to work approximately five to seven hours per day. Your tasks may include measuring out ingredients, preparing batters using vegan ingredients and packaging finished products. 

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Sunday-Thursday and having Friday-Saturday free. Spend your days off soaking in the sun at the beach, experience the famous Tel Avivian nightlife, or take a trip down to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Departures are on a Monday.

Check out what our past volunteers had to say!
 
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Location of the Project:  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 10 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
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Volunteer Work:  Vegan baking
Age:  18-70
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to two volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared dorm room in a hostel
Food:  Basic breakfast included at hostel and vegan lunch
Orientation:  Orientation, including a walking tour of Tel Aviv, is provided upon arrival.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, travel health insurance, dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), round trip airport transfer (approx $25), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (approx $5), daily transportation to bakery ($3 per day/30 minutes), personal expenses, visa (if applicable).
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.
Orientation (included): Orientation will take place in Tel Aviv on Sunday upon arrival. 
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv

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, you will make these ingredients from scratch by using nuts and seeds.  Interns will be able to try their hand at making 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. 

Holidays: Please note that the months of September and October have several holidays that may affect your trip.
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available in the hostel.
Laundry
Laundry:  Washing machines are available in the hostel 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 Tel Aviv, a short walk 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 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. A family-style vegan lunch will be provided at the bakery as well.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18 
  • 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.

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