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  

11 people found this review helpful

In 2008 I participated in the Israel Ride, and visited the Arava Institute, a unique educational and research institution. I remember wanting to go as a student, stay and learn there. Through the Friends of the Arava Institute, I can keep that enthusiasm alive. Besides being people with a passion for the work of the Institute, they are committed to spreading the word, providing a forum the people and ideas of the Institute outside of Israel. Friends of the Arava Institute functions as a bridge between my life here in US and the work of the Institute halfway around the world.

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

group meetings with people in Southern California who are familiar with Arava Institute and commited to fulfilling its goals.

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

I'm not sure what I would do. I am not that close to the actual workings of the organization.

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

New information that the speakers have presented.

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

friendly and interested in a personal connection with myself and the other people there. They were not just interested in trying to raise money.

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

Establish a companion school to the Arava Institute itself so that students could stay in the US and continue their work.

Ways to make it better...

There were more frequent meetings. At the moment the presence of this organization on the West Coast is still small.

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

a reluctance on the part of the wider community to embrace the Insitute. I think that it is looked at as a small, eccentric group of people trying to do something impossible.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I visited the Arava Institute several times in my capacity as on-site coordinator for American college students in Israel. My first impression was "who would want to spend an extended period of time in such a distant, isolated place". As I learned about the program and met with the administrators and the students, I got the answer to my question. The Institute provides a creative, varied, meaningful setting for dealing with the most important elements of environmental awareness. Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the world work together to find solutions to shared concerns. As one of my students reported to me, the Arava Institute changed her life in the most meaningful way. It is a cutting edge undertaking that I am proud to support.

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

seeing the changes it brought about in students who were there for the semester and in learning of their enthusiasm for their experience.

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

improve the living conditions of students who are there. While the students made no complaints about the rugged conditions, I think that it would be good if there were a few more amenities.

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

their openness, their pluralism, their commitment to peace and partnership in an area that lacks all of the above.

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

Enthusiastic, commited to their goals, intelligent, determined to improve environmental awareness.

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

have a greater and more impressive impact on Israel and on the Middle East as a whole. It could engage in more innovative programs, bring together more students, and make a really significant contribution to the development of the Negev.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to be there, to attend some of the classes and participate in the projects.

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

Raising sufficient funds to be able to keep on with its work in the midst of tremendous competition in the non profit world.

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

I went to the Arava Institute for the first time because it was part of my job. I have returned and become a supporter because of how impressed I am by the impact it has had on all those with whom it has been in contact.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Almost not too new to Arava. They are performing in a very positive direction with its candidates. I'll strongly recommend their programs to friends and foes.

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

I had follow up from staffs who contact me when, when I sent application.

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

Maximize and probably harness great impact to applicants willing to take a course program with them. Personally, no doubt about the next level its been headed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed meeting Jews and Muslims who have come to the U.S. and shared experiences that they have had studying at the Arava Institute. Their environmental work - across Middle Eastern borders is amazing and opens lines of communication that are often closed, with little hope for reconciliation. The Arava Institute offers hope and initiative, that positively influences our world - in an area of our world which is very volatile.

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

the enthusiasm of participants, the wonderful achievements and the fact that Muslims and Jews work together to make the Middle East a healthier, greener place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My daughter studies in the institute for two terms in 2007-8. I have visited there few times. Its a wonderful and illuminating place. it has transformed her life as far as the environment is concern. The institute does a phenomenal work in developing relationship between Palestinians Jordanians and Israelis, a very valuable contribution to the area. In my opinion this place deserves a world recognition for its work in all its aspects.

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

contribution to the academic and practical understanding of the need of the environment.

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

their professionalism, students activities and kindness.

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

excellent!

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

make a big positive ecological in the desert , to start with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I visited the Institute on Kibbutz Ketura and participated in several programs. Their approach strikes me as one of the most organic, educational and experiential ways for the mix of students to deal with their political and life experience differences. The environmental issues they work on are critical to the future of the region.

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

the participants are highly motivated and principled in their efforts to repair the world.

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

change the face of the Middle East across borders.

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

in my town the alumni of the Arava Institute came to teach our community all about environmental issues. They were exciting and got us all excited about the issues. While they were teaching us we also got to hear what it was like for North American, Israeli Jewish and Arab, and Palestinian students to study and live together in a tiny community. How they learned so much about each other. Without exception they talked about how the program transformed them. Now there are three students in our community who are applying to go study there. Great work. G-d's work. Meaningful for the earth and us people who live on it.

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

a lesson where alumni taught our community all about environmental issues and all about their own experience

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

I met alumni and staff who were wonderful people - very articulate and genuine

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-3-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Friends of Arava Institute have travelled all over to tell people of the wonderful work done in the Institute. They bring alumni and researchers to talk about their experiences and make it possible for people in North America to feel it! To meet face to face people who's lives have been touched by studying or working on environmental issues in a peacebuilding and collaborative way for the better of all the people.

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

meeting the alumni and researchers

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

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

how enthusiastic they are - even when challenged by the audience, the people from Arava show how there is hope for peace in the middle east

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

great

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

change the world

Ways to make it better...

I could actually go there myself

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization that makes dreams possible and empowers young people, environmentalists and activists to change the world in a positive way. By supporting the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of Arava Institute helps to make it possible for people to work together on their shared environmental concerns, learn more about each other and the complexity of the Middle East and ask better questions. Keep up the good work

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

energetic, dynamic, dedicated and caring people

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

change the world and make so many people happier and healthier

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I am glad to have the oportunity to thank the Arava Institute which gave my and my friends Israeli, Palestinians,Jordenians and Americans an outstanding oportunity to live together, to know each other beyond the existing prejudice, the ideal of the A.I.E.S consists a great vision of peace, I wish there where more places like this for our sake and for the sake of the next generations. this is a great cause

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

leaning about the environment and getting to know better my neighbors

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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