We are a community project aimed at enhancing sustainable urban life and social justice. We have 6000 square meters (about an are and a half) of land within a youth village for at risk children ages 6-18. When we started creating the project (March 2016) the land was covered with piles of garbage and endless thorns. With the help of hundreds of volunteers we cleaned the place and started planting a beautiful food forest with about 400 trees. We built two Geodesic domes that we use for workshops, yoga classes and community gatherings. We dug a small eco pond and constructed many ecological benches and play areas. We built an outdoor beautiful kitchen where we cook excellent fresh food from organic vegetables, herbs, spices and fruit that grow in the food forest. In 2019 we opened a beautiful workshop for natural cosmetics and soaps made from organic herbs from our forest. We hold many community events, festivals, seminars, workshops and other gatherings
Most of what is done here is with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers from Gan Yavneh. But we are also happy to host volunteers from around the world and invite you to join the special family of our project.
Help with Eco Projects
You will learn a lot about food forests and how to maintain them. If you are interested in growing organic vegetables- especially in dry climates - there is a lot you can see and learn. Natural cosmetics and soap making is also something you'll be able to learn. We are big experts in community building and working with volunteers and the extended community. If this is a field of interest for you- we can give most valuable information. practical methods of work and good tips.
We need help with the food forest- taking care of the trees, adding compost and mulch, pruning and picking fruits and vegetables. We also need help with building fences, constructing the pathways, taking care of the eco pond and the outdoor kitchen. You can join us in making natural cosmetics and herbal soaps from local olive oil and our organic herbs. If you are into arts we'll be happy to do ecological art projects with you. We'll try to give you a different kind of job every day to make your experience more interesting and fun.
You will stay in our home in Gan Yavneh. You'll get a room of your own (double bed) and a close by toilet and shower for your use. We eat vegetarian healthy food and you're invited to join us in cooking. We do not smoke and ask you don't smoke inside the house. We have a dog and a cat who enter the house freely.
Since we have traveled the world and volunteered in many places, we know how important it is for youvolunteers to feel at home and we'll do our best to give you a good time!
Two minutes walk from our home there is a bus station. There is a direct but to Tel Aviv central bus station (about 45 minutes). The gorgeous beach of Ashdod with its promenade -many restaurants and bars is about 20 minutes by bus. To Jerusalem you'll need a local bus (15 minutes) and a direct bus (50 minutes). All around there are many archeological sites, historical points of interest and natural sited to visit. You can also stroll in the fields around Gan Yavneh or just enjoy a few hours of relaxation, reading and good music.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week