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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): Arava - Negev
Persons: up to 10
Category: Other
Host ID: 54961
Country: Israel

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Last Updated: June 11, 2017

Beautiful volunters, you are all welcome to join our community and help in our social project of building a shelter for hikers that are walking the "Israel trail".

My name is Shachar, I'm 26, after months of traveling and volunteering all around Europe, finally the project I dreamed of turns into reality. I was born and raised here, in the Arava desert of Israel. I love the desert and I would like to introduce our piece of heaven to helpers from all around the world.

The main idea of this project is to gather a group of volunteers that wish to donate for the society, enviornment and also for theirselfs. We will create together a small, intimic community that lives, build, create, learn, observe and enjoy together. Community that promote self and environmental development.

The communal society is very important according to my perspective. We will make workshops from our knowledge, hike and discover the dessert together. We will design the shelter together and decide together about our communal way of living. We will try to end every day around the fire where our dinner is being cooked, with musical instruments, singing, melodies and huge amount of love and happiness.

Its important for me to say that the difference between me and other hosts is that I also consider myself as a volunteer. The project is for the society of the hikers in the dessert not for my own wealth. You aren't helping me, we are helping together.

I live in Zuqim which is a small village in the middle of the Arava desert. It is far away from any city, exactly the perfect place to disconnect from civilization and connect to yourself. In two minutes walking away from the shelter, you will be in surounded by beautiful nature. You would be free to enjoy the quietness, plants, animals, sunset, sunrise, and the powerful experience that only the dessert can offer and this is the reason I love it so much. Nature, nature and more nature. A great off-grid experience. We have bicycles, nature water pools, walking trails, sports courts and a lot of activities we will do together. I'm sure no one will be bored here…
We will live together inside the shelter we are building. It means that we will sleep in a half open environment until it would be finish. There is a roof that protects from rain and sun. Don't expect a house and a bed, but there is comfortable kitchen, toilet and everything you need.
- The project started from the the begining of this Januery and will finish around this April.
-I kindly ask volunteers to join us for at least 2 weeks because i believe that less than that won't be enough time to really enjoy the whole experience.
-For volunteers own health, we want to make sure that you have a traveling insurance in your home country. so I will be capable to help you if something (unfortenatly) goes wrong during your stay here.
-We will cook vegeterian meals.

Hope to see you with us:)

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