The almond trees are blooming and the sun is out, which makes many of us start thinking about being outdoors and making summer plans.
Whether you’re an Israeli looking to explore different areas of the country or a visitor looking for a unique way to make a positive change in Israel, the Israeli branch of World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers a wide range of organic farming opportunities.
WWOOF was established in 1971 in the UK with the purpose of facilitating the interaction between organic farmers and interested volunteers, and has since expanded to over 35 countries.
The idea is simple – farms interested in receiving help from volunteers post their information through the WWOOF website and in exchange for their time and work, volunteers receive meals, accommodation, and a greater understanding of where their food comes from.
The range of opportunities in this small country is vast. You could learn how to make organic goat cheese in the Negev, use bio dynamic organic orchard techniques developed 2,000 years ago by the Nabateans, pick organic olives, work on an organic date orchard near Eilat, take a permaculture course, grow organic medicinal herbs, or live on a reconstructed ancient farm in northern Israel.
See also Guesthousing it in Israel: Get Your Eco-Farm On for more local ideas.