What's it like to work and live in Israel?
At a Glance
Israel is a small country with a relatively diverse topography, consisting of a lengthy coastal plain, highlands in the north and central regions, and the Negev desert in the south. (Britannica) It has a population of approximately 9.1m people of various ethnicities and faiths who call Israel home.
Work in Israel starts on Sunday and finishes on Thursday with Shabbat on the evening of Friday, starting the weekend. This is the standard work week that interns follow during their time at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Living in the Nayot neighborhood of the city of Jerusalem, allows interns to have easy access to walkable stores, markets, restaurants, and parks, with public transportation helping connect them to the other parts of the city and Israel as a whole.
As an intern, your accommodation will consist of living with other interns from all over the world, in a shared apartment. One of the greatest takeaways you can get out of this experience is the relationships you build, and the friendships that can be made during this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which for many will be the first time coming to the Middle East.
An Opportunity to Explore...
Interns make the most of their time in Israel. For a relatively small country, there is a vast array of places, both cultural and natural that beckon you to explore. From the Bahai Gardens in Haifa (shown) to the Old City of Jerusalem, attractions are easy to find within short distances. For those not having access to a car, buses and trains are often the easiest way to get around in Israel, and English is widely spoken, making it easy for interns and tourists alike to navigate the country.