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Monday August 1, 2011
Listed: July 11, 2011

Desert Eco Village Building

Category :: Israel
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Desert Days is a unique village resort built from mud and local materials. Located in the southern part of Israel near Tzukim, the resort is nestled in the Arava desert between the dry river Zofar cliffs on the west and Jordan's red mountains on the east. Desert Days was created by a young family to fulfill the principles of simplistic living and close contact to the earth. Guests are hosted from around the world to enjoy this stunning place and to learn about sustainable living.
Volunteers will mainly assist with the construction and maintenance of the eco village.

Eco Building: working with earth is completely different to working with cement, acrylic plastering and such. Earth is a durable material that can be revived and endure a long sculpturing process. It's also a lot of fun getting dirty by working with your hands. The huts are constructed from straw bales and earth. This method has a number of advantages: the walls isolate heat and cold, the building materials are biodegradable and the final result looks quite beautiful. The building steps are: preparing foundations, building the construction and then plastering. The plastering is made of three layers: sculpturing layer, clay layer and a final external plastering layer. Volunteers and staff will use earth found in the surrounding area.

Maintenance: cleaning, gardening, cooking and hosting guests

Project Length: 10 days - 8 weeks

Conversational English or Hebrew
Good physical fitness
Strong work ethic
Motivation to do physical and demanding work
Able to work in harsh desert climate
Full travel &medical insurance
For More Information:
Jonathan Gilben
6 Agripas St.
Tel Aviv
[email protected]
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