WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will fly into Tel Aviv airport where you will then use our easy to follow instructions to make your way to the project meeting point in Jerusalem. We will provide you with all the information you need prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey. Upon arrival at the meeting point you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and given a comprehensive orientation alongside your fellow volunteers.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You will spend your first night in Jerusalem, in shared dormitory style accommodation, before travelling down to the project site in Eilat. During the project you will be staying in a local hostel with other volunteers, sharing single gender dormitory-style rooms. The rooms will be clean and comfortable including bed linen and air conditioning, along with hot showers! There is a communal kitchen area which is available for you to use, and a sun terrace equipped with sun-beds, BBQ and picnic benches for you to relax in after a long day’s work. If you wish to purchase any snacks or drinks, then there is a friendly bar downstairs where you can chill with your new friends. You can also access the internet, for an extra fee to keep in touch with loved ones back at home.
The hostel is perfectly located for you to access the bustling city centre of Eilat, and is just a 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach and clubbing area.
*Please note that you will be required to take a 30 minute bus journey to the reserve each day, costing you under $3. There is no need to worry though, as you will be shown exactly where to get this bus from during your project orientation.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers when taking it in turns to prepare meals. There is an equipped kitchen for volunteers to use at the volunteer house. You can purchase groceries from the small supermarket just around the corner, or buy in bulk from the bigger supermarket, just a 5 minute walk away from the volunteer house. You should budget around $50 per week for food.
Given the popularity of Eilat as a tourist destination, the city accommodates a vast array of restaurants for you to sample, offering a variety of cuisines at a range of prices. The main promenade is the centre of the up-market scene, or you may prefer to explore the hidden streets and alleyways in search of a more personal and authentic bite to eat.
Israeli food is an exciting fusion of Jewish and Arabic cuisine. It is constantly adapting to adjust to the new and exciting influences which infiltrate the region. Staple foods tend to include olives, chickpeas, fish, fruits and vegetables. There is also a heavy Mediterranean influence, seen in the increasing popularity of falafel, hummus, couscous and shakshouka in the local diet.