The family eco-volunteering program on Kibbutz Lotan is a complete and practical introduction to both ecology and cooperative living. As participants in the program you will be interwoven into the daily life of the kibbutz and volunteer for the Center for Creative Ecology (CCE).
The CCE is a unique ecological center that combines hands-on, experiential environmental education within the framework of a living community. Utilizing creative recycling and alternative/natural building techniques, the center now includes an ecological theme park, migratory bird reserve, nature trails, recycling center, and constructed wetlands for treating the waste water of the entire kibbutz.
As a volunteer family you will be exposed to the challenges involved with the designing, building and running of sustainable communities, linking together ecological, social, economical and spiritual aspects into a unified whole. Practical skills are developed through hands-on work in our environmental education center, organic gardens, alternative/natural building projects and the Lotan migratory bird reserve, complemented by theoretical sessions in topics such as ecological design, permaculture and sustainability. Practical work includes:
Natural, alternative building with mud, straw, tires, and junk
Creative recycling -creating art and usable objects with discarded materials
Expansion, maintenance and running of the Center for Creative Ecology
Development and upkeep of the bird reserve and nature trails
Setting up workshops for educational tour groups
Throughout the entire eco-volunteering program families are encouraged to take part in cultural / religious events on the kibbutz and in the region that occur throughout the program. The program also integrates tours to local points of interest, neighboring kibbutzim and other ecological projects, and hikes in the region around Lotan. During the summer, the kibbutz pool is open for refreshing afternoon swims. The tourist city of Eilat and the Red Sea are only 55 Km away.
Min age 0 - Max age 70
Basic English or Hebrew
Good physical fitness
Motivation to work in practical ecology
Able to work in harsh desert climate
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
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