Kibbutz Neot Semadar
Please note that the information on this page is general information about the kibbutz. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in this kibbutz. The placement in the kibbutz is decided only following an interview between the KPC staff and the volunteer, upon his arrival to our office in Tel Aviv. We are unable to commit a placement in the kibbutz in advance.
Kibbutz Neot Semadar is located in the Southern Negev desert in the Arava valley of the South of Israel, about 60 km north of Eilat. The kibbutz was established in 1989, by a group of friends interested in creating a learning community that focuses on cooperation and creativity in daily life. The economy in the kibbutz is based on agriculture, with around 400 dunams
of organically cultivated vineyards, olives, date plantations and an herb garden. Olive oil
is produced in a cold press set up and has been conferred the highest grade by Israel's Olive Council.
In Neot Semadar there is an organic farm that emphasizes sensitivity towards the existing ecological balance in nature. In spite of acute environmental conditions (extreme temperatures, scarce rainfall, salty soil, and low quality water), kibbutz Neot Semadar successfully grows a large variety of crops, including – apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, pear, apple, almonds, and more. In addition, there is a goat herd 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. Its roadside restaurant, Pundak Neot Smadar, offers vegetarian food and sells the kibbutz's organic products.
The Neot Smadar winery in the southern Negev is a boutique winery that produces organic wines from the grapes of the local wine vineyard. The wines are unique thanks to the grapes grown in desert conditions: The Neot Smadar wine vineyard is the southernmost vineyard in Israel. The harsh conditions of the desert - extreme temperature differences between day and night, a few precipitation and poor and salty soil create unique wines.
When you come to think of volunteering at Neot Semadar there are few things you should notice and take in account:
1. The minimum time for volunteering is 8 weeks.
2. You will find yourself working wherever is needed according to the necessity.
3. Neot Semadar is a quiet place in the desert. There is no city nearby, no pub, and no entertainment. (No television…)
4. The weather is harsh: very hot in summer, cold in winter. Sometimes you work outside.
Work starts at dawn and ends up at sunset, sometimes even later.
Kibbutz Neot Smadar is a cooperative kibbutz, whose volunteers are accepted only after and following direct contact with Shuli, the volunteer coordinator. If you would like to volunteer in this kibbutz, you must first contact Shuli: firstname.lastname@example.org