Secretary General and CEO
of the Kibbutz Movement
Leaving from Tel Aviv, after a short meet-and-greet, we will travel north to Kibbutz Ortal, where we will be based in the idyllic surroundings of the Golan for the first two days.
On the first day, we will visit two of the earliest Kibbutzim both located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Degania, we will tour the Pioneer’s Courtyard and Um Juni, the first ever Kibbutz house. Afterwards, in Ein Gev we will ride the Freedom Train, a 30-minute tour of the Kibbutz grounds. We will finish the day with a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and a BBQ with current international volunteers.
The second day, we will look at more modern Kibbutzim and the challenges they face. We begin with a morning of “volunteering” alongside the Hashomer Hachadash, who have taken a leading role in renewing the link between Zionism and working the land of Israel. We will then visit the scenic Mount Bental to better understand the complexities of living close to the Syrian border and the role played by Kibbutzniks in defending Israel’s frontiers. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the chocolate factory in Kibbutz Ein Zivan and the craft industries and winery of Kibbutz Ortal, before dinner in the dining hall and traditional folk dancing.
The last day, we head back to Tel Aviv in the morning where you will have the choice to go on a walking tour, join our conference on the impact of international volunteers on Israeli society and the Kibbutz movement or you may want to enjoy some free time. In the evening, we will conclude our celebrations with a send-off party in central Tel Aviv.
Should you want to take the opportunity to visit the Kibbutz in which you volunteered, we are more than happy to help facilitate this for the following day.
As places for the trip are limited we highly recommend you book your place early.