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Israel Coral Reef Park Ranger Assistant

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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. Millions flock to the country each year to witness for themselves the power of the once great ancient kingdoms and the historical religious architecture, considered divine and holy by many who visit. Israel’s geographical range determines its impressive biological diversity, homing over 47,000 plant and animal species, many endemic to the region itself. The combination of pure-white sand beaches, towering mountains and arid desert make Israel a tantalising destination for you to explore, and promises that a fascinating and exhilarating journey awaits you.
 
The city of Eilat, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea nestles snugly between Egypt and Jordan. The arid desert climate ensures high temperatures throughout winter and summer, and contributes to the city’s year-round popularity. Since its biblical origins, Eilat has always held a position of significance because of its important copper reserves and strategic and geopolitical role. The real appeal of Eilat, however, lies in its magnificent scenery: its surrounding mountains, desert canyons and crystal-clear sub-tropical waters abundant with life.  
 
Join this volunteer programme to assist nature reserve staff protect and conserve one of the richest marine environments on earth. This project is perfect for anyone who wants to try their hand at marine conservation, and experience the challenges this field faces. The contribution you make will be extremely valuable to the protection of countless species of animal and coral, and provides you with the ideal opportunity to explore the captivating and historically significant land of Israel.  
 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ensure the preservation of beautiful and fragile marine species 
  • Gain hands-on experience with marine conservation
  • Explore the diverse and enthralling land of Israel
 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Strong swimmer
Emergency Hotel Qualification Marine Coastal Snorkelling Free Time
FAST FACTS
Location

Eilat, Israel

Activities Conduct beach observations
Ensure maintenance of protective equipment
Assist and shadow park rangers
Transport

Taxi transfer to Jerusalem (budget around £12) & make your own way to the project site via public transport

Accommodation Dormitory-style room in volunteer house
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Accommodation
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The 1,200m stretch of colourful coral reef which comprises the Coral Beach Reserve, one of the richest marine environments in the world, boasts intense natural beauty. Within its mysterious depths lie spectacular coral formations and a deep coral wall, which is home to 270 species of coral and more than 2,500 underwater species. The reefs are brimming with life - many species are endemic to the warm azure waters of the Red Sea, so protecting this unique and valuable environment is a priority.  
 
You will support our conservation efforts as a valued member of the team to ensure the longevity of this precious and fragile environment. This project is perfect for individuals who want to experience all areas of marine conservation, and gain valuable practical experience. You will soon come to realise that working in this setting is both rewarding and enchanting. 
 

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 Eilat by public transport which will be pre-arranged and paid for by the staff at the hostel. 
 
Once at the project you will be an integral part of the conservation and preservation team, helping staff to protect the fragile Coral Reef Reserve from numerous threats. Your duties may change on a daily basis depending on the circumstances and demand at that particular time. However, in general you can expect to be undertaking responsibilities such as making beach observations to record and monitor animal and human activity, taking part in and coordinating beach clean-ups to preserve its outstanding natural beauty, and educating visitors about the beach rules to ensure the tranquillity and magnificence of the beach is maintained. You may also be responsible for the upkeep of the water buoys, which constitute an important method of protection at the reserve. You will also find yourself assisting the park rangers from time to time with their duties, and is the perfect opportunity to really experience for yourself the daily challenges and achievements of a coastal marine conservationist.    
 
Generally you will be working from 09:30 to 14:30 five days a week, with Friday and Saturday to spend as you wish. This will provide you with plenty of opportunity to explore the local sights and attractions, and fully experience the unique culture Israel and Eilat has to offer. 

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 £2. 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.
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Make the most of your free time and discover Eilat at a more personal level. Take a walk through hidden alleyways and cubby-holes to experience authentic Israeli life away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. Relax on sun-kissed beaches, or learn how to dive in order to fully appreciate the beauty of the Coral Beach Reserve. You could swim with dolphins, or even do a spot of bird watching – Eilat lies on the main migration route between Africa and Europe, so at particular times of the year, you are guaranteed spectacular views. You could also sample the great choice of restaurants and nightlife with your new friends. You may even decide to take an extended trip to Jordan to see the spectacular ruins of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.   

COSTS

2 weeks £ 599

Extra week £ 179

DEPARTURE DATES

Participants should arrive in Jerusalem by 10am on the Monday morning and can arrange to depart any time on a Tuesday.

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

DURATION

Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 4 weeks.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Tel Aviv (TLV)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. 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.

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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.

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