Friends Of The Arava Institute

Rating: 4.92 stars   210 reviews

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Location: 896 Beacon Street Boston MA 02215 USA

Mission: Friends of the Arava Institute is the North American nonprofit organization that is focused on raising visibility and support for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The Arava Institute is a ground-breaking academic institution located in the south of Israel built on the philosophy that Nature Knows No Borders. Operating in a region of historic conflict, the Institute brings together young future leaders from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and beyond, to study common environmental challenges as a platform not only for advancing sustainability but for developing the trust, respect, and understanding that can serve as a foundation for peace.
Geographic areas served: North America
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

along with the many thing i have gotten during my studies at the arava institute, the things i value most are the wonderful friends i made. they made it possible for me to see the conflict from their eyes and opened their hearts to me and my story. these kind of personal connections, in my opinion, are the only way to break the wall and understand that the other is not that different. the arava istitute gives hope by bringing people from all over the world, people who want to change things for the better. thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the friends i made and the knowledge i got which helped me to choose a direction

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

added more classes or activities that teaches practical knowledge

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring more people together and expend its action into more practical fields, such as projects all over the area the environment and the importance of cooporation

Ways to make it better...

i would have to share a room and had more space to study quiet...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing with wisdome and not out of proportions, not loosing its heart

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The American branch of the machon has done a great job keeping me engaged with the middle east. As a former student it was a great experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an educational setting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are extremely helpful and want to help me!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the facilities of the machon and attract more students of all backgrounds.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time with them!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and outreach.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep up the good work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I attended the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in 2005-2006 with funding from Fulbright. My experience was challenging and fun, and, academically-speaking, a great transition into interdisciplinary pedagogy. Socially, it is a unique experience considering it includes a sub-section of conflicting parties in the region and actively includes activities for dealing with those issues constructively. In addition, the kibbutz, and of course, the desert life, are a fantastic view into how communities can live meaningfully in the margins.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so far as it advanced my academic career and changed fundamentally my view on the conflicts in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I was a student at the Arava Institute for one semester, fall 2004. I thought it was a phenomenal place, engaged in very important work, with a wonderful culture and vision.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated teachers, caring advisors and organizers, and community members willing to open their kibbutz to us.

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I had been an undergraduate or graduate student and not someone floating in between. My experience would have been better if I had been in a different place in life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My experience as a student at the Arava Institute last fall is truly indescribable. The interactions, conversations, courses, and friendships completely altered my vision of the world. I have never felt so many complex emotions in my life, let alone have the opportunity to discuss them and unwrap them with a group of devoted and caring individuals working at AIES. My experience has inspired me to continue interfaith, peace and environmental work in my own locale, and not to judge a country or situation until I have truly heard the many voices involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move the location to somewhere more supportive and inspiring.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the incredible amount of knowledge I gained about the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

devoted individuals from around the world with the joint purpose of promoting peace and environmentalism in the Middle East.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support many more low-income students from around the world to come and study and experience the AIES program.

Ways to make it better...

it had been a part of a different kibbutz.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the difficult concepts it promotes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I was a student at the Arava Institute in fall 2004 and spring 2005. The Institute is clearly groundbreaking, inspirational, significant, and successful. One of the many ways in which the Institute impacted me was by seeing the work ethic of the staff and professors. One cannot find such a high level of professors being so accessible at other institutions. Their work ethic is something I have tried to take with me as I move forward. Lastly, whether or not you think that co-existence is attainable on a macro-level, it is unequivocally necessary to have organizations like AIES try and succeed on a micro-level, and they should be supported.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my time as a student.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the education and getting to know the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspirational.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I spent about a year at the arave institute about 10 years ago (1999-2000). This year has been, by far, the most memreable year of my life and I have made two dgrees since, got married and had a child... The arave institute has been a magical place for me. Getting up every morning was exciting, people were beutiful, and activities and studies were more than just interesting. i learned a lot in that year, about people and about nature and about our world and in many ways, the year at the arava institiute shaped who I am today. this place is important for so many reasons but if to name just one it would be the understanding of how full life could be when you are in the right place. I was a student there for one year and I must say I have become less optimistic since I left this place but it certainly fills you up with spirit and will to make the world a better place

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make peace in the middle east teach us all about our environment and how it has no borders and neither should we, teach us how to live peacefully next to each other

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am a Palestine from Bethlehem city, and I live in the middle of the long conflict between Jews and Arabs. In February, 2008 I completed my studies at the Arava Institute (AIES), and I started the joint Master program between AIES and Ben-Gurion University. This unique institute, provide the students – Jews and Arabs- a peaceful environment, equal opportunities, and amazing tools and knowledge to understand the narrative of the other side, the need for a secure home, rights of existence and ways of cooperation to survive in this small land. It also provides us with good knowledge and methods of how we should cooperate to protect our shared environments, and a better chance for good education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every day of my life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a student with other Jews, Arabs, and international students, living with them,experiencing different cultures.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, very helpful, professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring more students, creating new facilities and doing more joint projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I rode with the Arava last year. Myfirst long distance ride. The commraderie was great, and the enthusiam of the mult-ethnic support grtoup from Arava was contagious. I hope to repeat the trip next year. Ralph Rosenberg MD

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing arabs and istaelis work together

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A lovce of the land and the mutual repsect for arab/israeli

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perhaps save some lives by inceasing arab/israeli mutual respect

Ways to make it better...

it couldn't have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ongoing arab/israeliu conflict

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Great way to travel and see the country from a totally different visual perspective, claiming the mountains out of the Dead Sea and riding through the dessert was a wonderful experience. The ride is not just about the bicycle but also about the many conservation challenges facing the region, The Arava Institute provided the riders with lasting long memories of a Israel spirituality, politics, environment, and its history

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

direct work they do with limited resources

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to reduce the pleadge limit

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

very committed individuals working toward a goal to take of environment. For me the most important is that jews, arabs, and other people can work together for a single goal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun and voluntering for the love of the organization and what the organization goals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increse activities to reach out to more people aware of the importance of environment.

Ways to make it better...

I could raise more money for the organization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding to expand their work,the enviroment is an neutral issue where people with differences will work together for a common goal.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I admire the organization specially the courage of non-israeli students to study in Israel seeking a commong goal

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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