Program & Schedule
On Monday (start date of your program) you will receive an orientation in Jerusalem that will provide you with more information about your location and tasks related to your program. There will also be a walking tour of the old city, historic sites and the open market. You will have the chance to learn about local culture and customs, meet other travelers, and get to know other program participants.
During your program you will have the opportunity to work in the scenic Arava Valley and preserve its native wildlife, educate the public about the desert and its inhabitants, as well as aid in the protection of endangered desert animal populations.
These precious natural ecosystems act as refuges for a number of Israel’s most threatened and endangered species, whilst the land is also of significant cultural importance to the local Bedouin people.
You will be working to reverse negative impacts, and help restore the local ecosystem back to its former glory. As a part of the wildlife reserve staff, you will be:
- Preparing food and feeding animals
- Cleaning and maintaining reserve facilities
- Accompanying & assisting park rangers
- Constructing enrichment facilities
This program is perfect for you if you are independent and have an interest in working with animals. It requires you to be able to cope with high temperature levels especially between the months of June and September.
Aims & Objectives
- Help the sanctuary achieve its daily objectives in the daily upkeep of the reserve
- Give you an educational safari experience, learning from the reserve’s park rangers
Sunday to Thursday
- A typical day starts around 7am allowing you to prepare food for the animals ensuring that each is fed appropriately. Afterwards, you will work on a special project such as a drive through the park or enclosure maintenance. Your work day will finish around 2pm where you will be taken back to the house for some rest and relaxation. You’ll have two days off weekly.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- Medical clearance for participants over 40 years of age
- Ability to handle high temperatures
Living & Location
Negev is a desert region covering the southern half of Israel. The area is the least populated area in Israel and is the home to a wide variety of people such as the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin as well as unique Israeli wildlife. This location is a wildlife reserve with on-site accommodation that will allow you to experience your program close up.
You will stay in a basic house on the reserve grounds in shared, single-sex rooms with 2 bunk-beds and a large closet. There is a shared bathroom with a hot water boiler and both the bedrooms and living room are equipped with air-conditioning. The house has a fridge and fully functioning kitchen plus a TV, washing machine, computer and WiFi for your use.
Ingredients are provided, although you will have to prepare your own meals. There will also be an opportunity for you to go with the staff to Eilat every Sunday where you can shop tax-free and buy your groceries. There is also a kiosk to buy snacks on the reserve.
There is a 45 minute walk to the nearest bus stop, which can bring you to town and full facilities. Occasionally, rangers and park employees can give you a lift to the bus stop, but you should not expect this on a regular basis.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Eilat Beach Resort
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 City
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. We recommend that no trip to Israel be completed without a mud bath and a float in the Dead Sea.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Arava Valley
- Tel Aviv
Name: State of Israel
Population: 8 million
Language: Hebrew and Arabic
Currency: Israeli New Shekel (ILS)
Time zone: UTC +2
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