Located in the Middle East, with the shimmering Mediterranean Sea on its south-eastern shore, Israel is a land of astonishing beauty, wealth, religious significance and history. It’s a land of hard work and prosperity, with the 35th largest economy in the world, and one of the globe’s most educated populaces. It also has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and the highest standard of living in the Middle East.
We offer a kibbutz volunteering programme in Israel, which has proved extremely popular, with many people opting to spend time living in a vibrant community and experiencing communal life. Aside from the opportunity to meet new people and make lasting friends, the kibbutz volunteering programme also allows people to explore one of the world’s most fascinating countries in more depth, including visiting and floating on the Dead Sea. If you’re planning to visit the Land of Israel, here are five facts you might find interesting:
Israel is a profoundly religious place, and is significant to Jews, Muslims and Christians, with multiple sites of holy significance, including the Old City with the Western Wall and Temple Mount; the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It’s also home to Nazareth, the White Mosque in Ramla, and Joseph’s Tomb, amongst others.
Israel is chockfull of museums; in fact it has the highest number of museums per capita in the world, so history buffs will be in their element.
Locals love sushi, which is why there are more than 100 sushi restaurants in Tel Aviv, which means that after Tokyo and NYC, it’s the city with the most sushi restaurants per capita in the world!
Israel is ideal for beach bums and sun seekers as it has over 137 beaches packed into 273km of coast. Remember to bring sunscreen and your swimming costume!
Lastly, the Dead Sea in Israel is the lowest place on earth, and it has such a high concentration of salt that people easily float on it – hence all the photos you’ve seen of bikini clad ladies floating and reading magazines in the water.
Bonus fact: The idea of kibbutzim was started by young Zionists in the early 20th Century. From their initial idea, a whole social system was born – i.e. a voluntary democratic community, where people communally own property and work together in a non-competitive way to create a self-sustainable way of life promoting equality, social justice and harmony.
To experience kibbutzim and explore Israel yourself, get in touch with us and we’ll help you organise the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land.