WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
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.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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.