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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been blown away by the amazing work the institute is doing. The students graduating from the institute speak with such passion about how they were transformed by their experience at the Arava Institute. This organization is addressing at least two of the most important issues of our time...the environment and peace in the middle east.

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

I have been personally transformed by my interactions with the students from the institute. They opened my eyes and I did not realized my eyes had been closed.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I participated in the Arava Institute Israel ride several years ago and my experience when from participating in a bike ride to raise money for what I understood to be a good cause to something far more profound. Once I met the students and faculty of the Arava Institute I discovered what I believe to be one of the greatest examples of coexistance between Israelis and Palestinians. The existance of this organization is one of the greatest beacons of peace that exists today in the middle east.

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

Israel during the bike ride and fund raiser.

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

The work of coexistance between Israelis and Palestinians

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

expand its foundation both as an environmental school as well as a symbol of the peace process

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Arava Institute brings together all kinds of Middle Eastern people for one cause. Environmental concerns in the Middle East. Christians, Jews and Muslims working together to COEXIST :)for the good of all.

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

find WATER in the Desert. AND they would share it with the entire middle east, which could ultimately bring peace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Friends of Arava funds excellent research; has an excellent leadership academy for both Arab and Jewish leaders; promotes ecology and a green economy.

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

Arava trains Arab and Jewish leaders / scientists to work together and to employ means to have cleaner water and environment.

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

Arava could invent means of having cleaner water and environment; use their inventions and leadership skills in more places; train more different ethnic groups in means of cooperation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I met some of these wonderful people who are doing more to aid the peace process than elected leaders. I hope my daughters will consider going to visit one day.

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

inspirational

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

i was a student at the arava institute in kibbutz ketura for the fall semester in 2008, studied and experienced.

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

the institute is one of life's experiences that goes with you wherever you go or do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

It is so beautiful to see the Palestianian students and Israeli students working together to solving the problems of living in the desert! Your work is remarkable!

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

knowing that these student's lives will be changed forever!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

FRIENDS OF THE ARAVA INSTITUTE IS DOING A JOB THAT SO MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SELFLESS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FRIENDS OF THE ARAVA INSTITUTE WHERE THEIR PURPOSE AND GOALS TRULY TAKE PRIORITY OVER ANY INDIVIDUAL OR POLITICAL AGENDAS.

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

David Weisberg, Executive Director

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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7 people found this review helpful

I was a student for one semester in the Arava Institue. It was a life changing experience that taught me a lot about myself and my environment, about my zionism and my world view. The place and the time in which the institue is placed is ideal. I think the desert make you think.

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

my choices for the rest of my life

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

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

the mix about different people, desert and environmentalism

Ways to make it better...

i were there for two semesters instead of one

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?

2008-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I studied for a full year at AIES and the experinces i had in that year will stay with me always. My fellow students are some of the most brave and intelligent people i've ever met, who inspired and challenged me almost daily. I've made friends who will be with me for a lifetime and i've learnt lessons that taught me patience and courage in the face of adversery. Most of the faculty there are encourging and incredibly knowledgeable in their field and i've always felt able to turn to them for support and advice even now as an Alumni. The PELS sessions were the most challenging aspect of the program but the one that has embedded itself deeply in my understanding of conflict and conflict resolution. My time at AIES inspired me to carry on with my environmental education and as well as completing my Permaculture design course i am now studying for a MSc in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in the UK.

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

my understanding of interhuman conflict and of our conflict with the environment. This is an educational program and i was educate in so many things above and beyond the actual academic content.

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

Give the teachers training in Power Point Presentations. Make the school practice what it preaches in EVERY aspect of the academic and social life. The pre-fab dorms should go and where's the gray water system?!

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

the people i met. The conversations i had and the things i learnt from my fellow students. From the teachers to the students to the general facualty. This is a group of courageous individuals.

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

Incredibly determined. Now that i am doing my MSc i can compare with other lectuerers and truly say that some of the staff at AIES are the best teachers i have ever had. Their lessons and my notes will be valuable to me for a long time to come.

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

Promote itself more globally and provide funding for Muslim, Jewish and Christian students to come from other continents such as Asia and Europe. These students on return will be able to promote and continue the amazing work AIES is doing.

Ways to make it better...

The technical support was better organised and they had more funding. It was a hard and massive challenge to access academic papers. It would have been better to have more student led PELS sessions too.

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

gaining public support for a school that brings together Palestinians and Israelis. Providing the students with the proper academic litreture they need. And in the environmental context - practicing what they preach.

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

The number of students the enrol is a very good number. I think it would be a shame to expand much more purely for financial reasons. It should always be about quality not quantity.

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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