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Welcome to the Golan Heights - Ramat Ha'Golan (Hebrew)!
I'm Yael and I live in Israel's own little secret paradise. My goal is to welcome travelers from all around the world and show them this truly amazing region (as opposed to what the media shows). This is why I opened a small hostel in the capital of the Golan Heights - Katzrin.
Katzrin is perfectly located in the center of the region. It's reachable by direct buses from almost every major city in Israel, although it's still a few hours ride from the center of Israel. Just the right distance ;)
Katzrin is also located right on the edge of Yehudiya nature reserve - Israel's most popular nature reserve! We are surrounded by natural springs, wildlife, waterfalls, wineries, breweries, cheese farms and historical sites. A truly charming and magical place to live. With the hostel, as a home-base for travelers to explore the region, I aim to show people a part of Israel not too many travelers knows about.
This is where you come into the picture! I need your help with the daily upkeep of the hostel - cleaning, doing laundry, changing bed sheets etc. I also have a vegetable and tea garden (free for all) that needs love and care. In addition, being a warm welcome to our guests - checking in guests, creating a good vibe and helping with daily planning. Keeping the place clean and comfortable is my highest priority. In my experience it's every guest's priority as well.
I believe meeting travelers from around the world and hearing different stories and perspectives helps broaden your mind and perspective. Also, by offering help to others you can learn a lot about yourself. The locals here aren't very used to independent travelers (such as yourself) and would be very curious to hear about you and your story. Meeting locals in a new environment is always an interesting experience.
I aim to have every helper feel at home and keep stress and worry levels at minimum so you can focus on the mission. This is why I take care of all basic food needs - bread, eggs, milk, legumes, flour, rice, herbs and spices. Additionally, an allowance for the farmers' market is provided every week. Your living costs here should be very low.
Furthermore, as a token of appreciation, on your days off you get to sleep for free in other hostels all across the country. This way you can explore Israel more easily :)
If you are a person who loves nature, outdoor adventures, and people, and if you're keen on putting thought and energy into your work, my place is just what you are looking for! Also, you're just what I'm looking for :)
If you are looking for parties, drinking and hanging around not doing much this is definitely not the place for you.
If you are interested in this experience please let me know the dates you'd like to stay and help. I'd love to answer any questions you have regarding this opportunity or Israel in general :)
*️️️️ "Host offers payment" - This refers only to helpers with a work visa. Please note that if you are interested in receiving payment, you are required by law to have a work visa.
Yael and the team :)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
The Golan Heights is rich in nature and history as well as a special population distribution (Jews and Druze). Both are available to explore every day. The hostel offers various ways of exploring the region - cycling, jeep tours, horseback riding, kayaking, overnight camping trails and so much more. All these things are at your feet every day and I'll help in any way I can. Apply yourself and you'll discover this incredible region!
This host offers accommodation and payment.
It is important for me to say that I'm granting and trusting you with a lot of responsibility. My hostel is your home as well as the other guests who come and go. There needs to be an understanding of this special situation. Please respect the guests and especially your fellow helpers. In addition to the standard daily tasks we love to take on new projects - painting the walls, upcycling junk and reinventing the hostel every day :)
Helpers always have a bed at the hostel, in a dormitory style room. I've got XL beds (suited for Europeans) so I'm sure you'll be comfortable. There's a well equipped kitchen in the house and, as mentioned at the top, I provide basic food. Wifi and high-speed internet are available as well. And of course hot showers :)
We have a big yard on either side of the house. It's easy to find a place to chill under the lemon trees or bask in the sun and get a good middle eastern tan.
Katzrin has a supermarket, winery, brewery, olive press, distillery, farmers' market and is surrounded by amazing hiking opportunities. You can always fit one or more of these activities around and even during your working hours. Exploring the rest of the region is easy as buses run daily and frequently all around the Golan. You will always have something to do as long as you get off your butt and do it ;)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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