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Israel Desert Wildlife Reserve

Israel Desert Wildlife Reserve

Join this unique wildlife conservation program in the spectacular desert landscape of the Arava, and help to re-populate the nature reserve with the region's native species!

Prices from $1,195

Throughout the course of history, the captivating and mystical land of Israel has been the meeting point for cultures, civilisations and religions. Serving as the sacred centre and origin for many of the world’s monotheistic religions, the diversity of Israel is second to none.

The Negev desert region, covering the southern half of Israel, is so much more than just sand. Being the least populated region in Israel, means that it is home to a wide variety of people such as the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin and an incredible mix of unique African wildlife.


  • Experience life in the beautiful desert landscape work directly with endangered animals 
  • Gain hands on experience working with the diverse species that inhabit Israel


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic English
  • Good physical fitness


Location Arava Desert, Israel 
Activities Feeding animals and cleaning habitats
Data Collection 
Transport Public bus from Jerusalem to Reserve (one way)
Accommodation  Basic Apartment on the Reserve 


Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support 
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Frontier-Israel Desert Wildlife Conservation programme works closely with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA), to support the Arava wildlife reserve which is actively involved in establishing reproduction groups for populations of endangered desert animals, preserving the native wildlife, and educating the public about the desert and its inhabitants.

In addition the reserve also receives visitors to raise help money to continue to financially support the reserve and to educate the local communities about conservation challenges. 

The reserve encompasses a variety of arid-land habitats including acacia groves, salt-flats, and sand and  is split into three  sections: A three-acre  fenced area where herds of herbivores live in conditions similar to those in the wild, the Predators' Center where reptiles, small desert animals, and large predators arehoused, and lastly, the Desert Night Life Exhibition Hall where night and day are reversed so that visitors to the centre can observe nocturnal animals active  behaviour.


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 become an integral part of the staff at the wildlife reserve, helping out with the day to day running of the centre wherever they are needed most. Volunteer duties may include the following:

  • Preparing food and feeding animals
  • Cleaning and maintaining reserve facilities and enclosures
  • Accompanying & assisting park rangers
  • Constructing enrichment facilities for the animals

(It's important to note that work  programmes are likely to change and can be unpredictable due to the dynamic nature of the reserve.)

Your working hours will typically be from 7:00 until 15:30 Sunday to Thursday, however please be aware that this is a guideline only and  schedules may change from week to week.  Fridays and Saturdays are free days. 


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!


You will spend your first night in Jerusalem, in shared dormitory style accommodation, before travelling down to the project site in the desert. At the reserve you will stay in a basic shared apartment on-site which will give  you the chance to experience the nightlife on the reserve including night safaris and feeds. Volunteers need to provide their own linens, sleeping bags, or blankets, according to the season – speak to your Frontier volunteer coordinator for further details. 


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 on-site for volunteers to use, including a gas stove, and mineral water tap.
Grocery shopping is typically done once a week and there is a kiosk at the reserve where it is possible to buy snacks. You should budget around $50 per week for food.

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After your stay at the Wildlife Reserve, why not explore more of Israel and see what it has to offer?  The international beach resort of Eilat is also located within the Negev region where you can enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe, or simply let your hair down and enjoy the vibrant night life.  During your days off it is also possible to travel around the country, or visit Israel’s neighboring country Jordan.  Frontier can also help arrange other projects for you to do: you can volunteer at a Refugee Clinic in Tel Aviv, interact with children at an Israeli Multicultural Summer Camp, or engage in construction work at the Desert Eco Building project.  
In addition to our projects, Israel has a lot to offer.  You can venture to the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv or the Dead Sea, see historical and religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, or see the beautiful architecture in Haifa.  There is so much in Israel to do you will have to try hard to become bored!  


4 weeks $1,145

Extra week $85



Please aim to arrive on the Sunday, as orientation will begin at 10am the following morning.


2016 start dates:

19th December

2017 start dates:

23rd January

6th-20th February

6th March

3rd-30th April

1st-15th May

5th-19th June

3rd-17th-31st July

14th-28th August

11th September

16th-30th October

13th-27 November

11th December

Minimum 4 weeks, maximum 8 weeks



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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