Omer Har-shai wants to make Israeli farming communities the next hotspot for telecommuters. Omer Har-shai wants to make Israeli farming communities the next hotspot for telecommuters. Omer Har-shai wants to make Israeli farming communities the next hotspot for telecommuters. (Photo: Gather)

Work remotely? Farms in Israel are looking for you

A new travel program is putting a modern twist on the communal life.

Working remotely has its perks. There's no commute, no office politics, no micromanaging boss breathing down your neck ... and depending on the nature of your job, you can work from basically anywhere.

So why not do it from a working farm on the beautiful Mediterranean countryside?

That's the idea behind Gather, a month-long program for professionals who want to work remotely from Israel, while experiencing the communal "Kibbutz" lifestyle. Kibbutz is the Hebrew word for "gathering," which was the inspiration for Gather.

tel aviv Participants in Gather would have plenty of time to enjoy Israel's majestic landscapes, without having to quit their day jobs. (Photo: dnaveh / Shutterstock)

In Israel, the Kibbutz concept have been around for more than a century. They were founded as collective communities based around agriculture, but they've since diversified, becoming hubs for high-tech and industrial enterprises as well. About 270 communal farms currently operate in Israel.

"Remote jobs are giving our generation the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world. Yet with great freedom comes an even greater need to connect, to belong and to find meaning," said Omer Har-shai, Gather's founder.

During their stay, participants receive accommodation, shared office space, daily lunches, access to facilities, weekend excursions, yoga and meditation, volunteer opportunities and more.

kibbutz in israel with cafe Strong wifi, even stronger coffee. (Photo: Gather)

"We want to encourage participants to try living a more balanced lifestyle, which includes a daily dose of nature and physical work alongside their remote day job, and the Kibbutz is the perfect setting for all this," Har-Shai said.

Gather's inaugural program begins in January. They're taking applications now. Har-shai said participants will be chosen from a variety of digital backgrounds – programmers, designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, etc.

"We're giving this old idea a new twist by making the Kibbutz experience more relevant and accessible for the millennial generation," said Har-shai.

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Work remotely? Farms in Israel are looking for you
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