Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 4- 6
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels Yes
  • Air conditioning Yes

Program & Schedule

From a historical perspective, this program is absolutely fascinating! From a philanthropic perspective, this is a great place to channel your energy and devote your time!

Located within the Sataf region of Israel is a JNF (Jewish National Fund) project dedicated to restoring ancient agricultural terraces. With a focus on the environmental sector, this NGO is sharing cultural experiences with visitors, replacing stones terraces and reconstructing two local springs, Ein Sataf and Ein Bikura.

This program is especially ideal if you ever wanted to help an NGO, or like working with your hands and getting dirt under your fingernails. Your full engagement will mean forward movement in concerted efforts to advance the water economy, community development, forestry, and tourism, as well as aiding in the research and development goals of the organization.

As a participant you will not only get to enjoy the historic city that is Jerusalem, you will also be able to explore the forested landscape, which is full of hiking trails, orchards and vineyards. Your day starts early and ends early, so there are many things that you can do in the afternoons and with Friday and Saturday free, you can plan your own excursions if you like. The Jerusalem hills are alive and the natural beauty that engulfs them is calling you to come and enjoy it all!  

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist with efforts to develop ancient agricultural terraces and farming sites.
  • Gain practical experience in tending to the natural landscape.
  • Provide an opportunity to aid in the advancement of goals of a “Green” NGO

Schedule

Sunday to Thursday

  • Breakfast can be purchased at Central Station or on the way (voucher provided)
  • Pick up from Jerusalem Central Station at 06:45 am
  • Working on-site as assigned to restore terraces, complete agricultural/farm related tasks and provide information to visitors
  • Lunch (voucher provided)
  • Working on-site as assigned to restore terraces, complete agricultural/farm related tasks and provide information to visitors
  • Mini bus take you back to departure point 14:30
  • Free time
  • Dinner (voucher provided)
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                80

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

During the first two nights of the Culture Week, you’ll be staying at a hostel in the center of Jerusalem near the famous Machne Yehuda Market. This hostel is 2 km from the storied Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the ancient Dome of the Rock. On your third day in Israel you will be transported to Tel Aviv, where you will be taken on a guided tour of Tel Aviv’s bustling streets and the beautiful port city of Jaffa.In Tel Aviv you will be staying at a central hostel in the heart of the city.

You will stay at a hostel style dorm room. The room is basic but comfortable and include bunk beds, cable TV, a closet, as well as a mini-fridge, all which you are welcome to use.

Food Arrangements

Breakfast is served at the hostel from 7am. It is a full Israeli breakfast which consists of eggs, breads, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), juice, coffee and tea. Participants in the Agricultural Experience will receive a voucher for those days when they are leaving too early to eat at the hostel.

You will receive a food voucher to purchase lunch and/or dinner for the duration of your program. The voucher is equivalent to 60 shekels a day and can be used at most eateries around Tel Aviv, allowing you to enjoy a range of local foods.

Facilities

You can find several services nearby:

Supermarket: Located 5-10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation.

ATM: There are several ATM’s within walking distance from the accommodation.

Laundry: Laundromats are within walking distance of the accommodation.

Market: There is a large open-air market about 25-minutes walking distance from the accommodation and small kiosks that sell fresh fruit and vegetables within 10 minutes walking.

Restaurants: There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Eilat

The international beach resort of Eilat is only 50 kilometers away if you want to enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Tel Aviv

For those that want to see the rest of the country, it is easy to use public transportation and explore Tel Aviv or the north of Israel.

The Dead Sea

We recommend that no trip to Israel be completed without a mud bath and a float in the Dead Sea.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Arava Valley
  • Eilat
  • Negev
  • Tel Aviv

Quick Facts

Name:                State of Israel

Population:        8 million

Capital:        Jerusalem

Language:        Hebrew and Arabic

Currency:        Israeli New Shekel (ILS)

Time zone:        UTC +2

Country Information

Despite its small size, Israel boasts an unbeatable amount of things to do that will delight every traveler’s senses. From religious sites and archaeological wonders to lively cities packed with history and nightlife and breathtaking natural landscapes that will leave even the pickiest of visitors awestruck.

Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world. Moreover, Tel Aviv was ranked as the top ten city for nightlife and described as the “capital of Mediterranean cool” by Lonely Planet. This tiny country is the Holy Place of Jews, Muslims and Christians and many biblical places concentrate here. Float in the Dead Sea, get lost in infinite deserts, discover Jerusalem, enjoy Tel Aviv - Israel has something to offer to anyone’s tastes.

Climate

The northern part of Israel has a Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters). The south and east have an arid climate.

The rainy season starts in October and lasts until the beginning of May, with the northern parts of the country receiving noticeably more rain than the south.

Culture

Israel is considered part of the Holy Land of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahaism, who all have significant ties here. Tiny in size, Israel contains a vibrant history and mixture of cultures and personalities. Even though it was officially founded in 1948, the country’s history goes back to the beginning of human civilizations.

Israel boasts a mix of culture like no other, with a complex history to back it up and hence, it is a destination that has fascinated travellers and pilgrims for centuries on end.

Gastronomy

Israeli cuisine adapts many styles of Jewish gastronomy, namely Mizrahi, Sephardic and Ashkenzi cooking, brought by Jews from the Diaspora. Middle Eastern foods such as falafel, couscous, hummus and more are also popular in the country. Another great influencer has been the Mediterranean region, as many items common to the area are available in Israel and commonly incorporated into every-day dishes.

Kosher foods are also a big part of the Israeli cuisine. Kosher incorporates all food that conforms to the Jewish dietary law known as kashrut. For example, laws that form the kashrut prohibit the consumption of pork and shellfish.