October 29, 2009
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?
MY ROLE:Client Served & I did research on desert agriculture and Beduin settling programs in Jordan, and also on the impact of militarization on the environment.