Kibbutz Neot Semadar is an organic oasis, located in the Southern Negev desert, about 60 km north of Eilat. The kibbutz was established in 1989, by a group of people committed to creating a learning community, in which questions about the human condition will be examined in everyday life, through daily doings, relationships, and observation.
Today the community includes 100 adult members (families and singles), 70 children of various ages, and about 50-65 volunteers of different ages. These volunteers, from Israel and also from abroad, come to Neot Semadar to experience a fresh perspective on life.
The economy of the kibbutz is based mainly on agriculture, with around 400 dunams
of organically cultivated date plantations, deciduous trees plantations ,vineyards and olives. In addition, there is a herd of goats and a vegetable garden with a variety of herbs and spices.
The kibbutz operates a boutique organic winery and produces a variety of cheeses from fresh goat milk in the dairy. Its roadside restaurant, Pundak Neot Smadar, offers vegetarian food and sells the kibbutz's organic products.
The kibbutz impressive art center houses workshops and studios of local artists who create there and present their art and craft products in its gallery.
Volunteers in Neot Semadar become part of the community and work alongside kibbutz members, wherever help is needed, according to necessity. Workplaces include among others: the kitchen, the dairy, a small factory of fruit processing, goat-pen, natural agriculture, herbal garden, restaurant and wherever a help is needed.
Minimal volunteering period is 8 weeks.