WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The project is based at our unique village resort in the desert built entirely from mud and local materials. It is an eco-lodge that was built by hand, from the ground up. It's a creative and gratifying experience that requires a lot of hard work. The use of eco-friendly materials in sustainable building is a really positive initiative as we look for ways to reduce our impact as humans on our planet.
Building with mud is extremely different to working with concrete, wood and acrylic materials. Mud is a versatile material, which once dried the material can be re-worked and re-shaped over a period of time, and of course, you can enjoy getting your hands dirty as you work! This exciting project was the brain-child of a young family who set out to fulfill the principles of simplistic living and a close relationship with the earth. The village hosts many international travelers who come to enjoy the magical setting and to learn about sustainable living.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The aim of the Frontier-Israel Desert Eco-Construction project is to give participants hands-on experience with earth building combined and sustainable living, whilst contributing towards hospitality work and living in the desert.
Your adventure will begin in Jerusalem, where you will be given a comprehensive orientation to prepare you for the period of volunteer work in the desert. You will be provided with detailed travel advice and taken on a walking tour of the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market. We will even provide you with a discount card to experience Jerusalem’s vibrant night-life! The following day you will make your way down to the project site in the Arava desert by public transport.
Once at the project, volunteers will mainly assist local staff with the construction and maintenance of the eco village using earth sourced from the surrounding area. Volunteers will learn different techniques to mould the Earth and sustainable materials to create the following:
Renovation of structures when needed
There is also a hospitality component to the program that requires volunteers to be involved in general maintenance duties such as cleaning, gardening, repairs, cooking, and preparing huts for eco-tourist guests. During national holidays volunteers' duties will be focused mainly on hosting the guests at the eco village.
Volunteers are expected to work 6-7 hours per day, 5 days per week. The team is small, intimate and friendly. The work requires manual-labor and spending lots of hours outside in the Negev desert so it is important to bring along a sun hat and protective clothing.