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Spend five months living and volunteering alongside Israeli peers while making a meaningful impact on Israeli society. You’ll have the option to live in one of two culturally diverse locations, learn Hebrew and Arabic, and gain experience in ecotourism, social justice, entrepreneurship, and co-existence.
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Green Tourism in Arad
Israel as a whole is a developed country with a thriving economy. Like many countries, it has regions that are economically and culturally vulnerable, like the Negev. However, the Negev has tremendous potential for growth in the areas of ecological tourism. This beautiful region, boasts the Dead Sea and Arava Valley to the east, the Mediterranean to the West, Eilat to the South, and the scenic Ramon Crater in the center.
Still, the Negev is the most sparsely populated region of Israel. Its distance from the country’s cultural and economic centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, along with the geographic isolation of many of its small towns and villages, make economic development a true challenge.
Volunteer activities in Arad focus on three main areas: Co-existence between the Jewish and Bedouin communities, ecological tourism, and strengthening communities of the elderly, children at risk, and new immigrants.
Israel Corp, a project of Israel Pathways and Project TEN, is a service-learning program. Participants develop their own passions, interests, and professional skills while they contribute to the development of the city of Arad. Participants work for up to nine hours each day on projects with local organizations. Interactive and educational seminars take place three to four times each week. Seminars cover a variety of topics, including Jewish values, social justice, and entrepreneurship. The seminars serve as a platform for developing a strong sense of community among program participants.
Sustainability, Education, and Co-Existence on Kibbutz Harduf
Over the past several years, Kibbutz Harduf has initiated numerous groundbreaking projects in education, services for those with special needs, mental health, welfare, and organic agriculture. As a result, the kibbutz became the country’s largest producer of organic agricultural products. The kibbutz also played a key role in the establishment of Israel’s first Waldorf School.
Israel Corps members live like locals on a unique kibbutz with approximately 650 residents, including 170 children and adults with special needs. While living on Kibbutz Harduf, participants take part in creating a pluralistic Jewish community, as they learn about tikkun olam and sustainable agriculture from local experts. They also dedicate much of their time to co-existence work through social action programs between Jews, Bedouins, and Arabs, as well as other volunteer projects with local community partners. The program is a personal journey and an opportunity for young adults to explore their connection to humanity, the Jewish people, and planet Earth.
In addition to making a contribution to your host community, exploring Israel is a core component of Israel Corps – Project TEN. The program includes a series of educational tours in participants’ home region and beyond. These enrichment experiences are scheduled throughout the program and are designed to expose Israel Corps participants to contemporary Israeli society, the intricacies of Jewish history, and the stunning beauty of Israel’s ecology on a deeper level than a typical tour. Israel Pathways’ own professional guides lead these excursions and all of the travel expenses are included. In addition to day trips, the program covers weekend-long trips to many other parts of the country. During these longer trips, participants stay at hotels and guesthouses while taking part in seminars and programs with others Israel Pathways groups.