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Israel Desert Wildlife Reserve

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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 US$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
  • CRB check


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 US$1,145

Extra week US$85



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

The  Project accommodation will start from Monday night.

Minimum 4 weeks, maximum 8 weeks


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