The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava region, the Arava Institute provides students with an unparalleled environmental education as well as an immersive, cross-cultural experience.
The Arava Institute has brought students and researchers—Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians, and others from around the world—together to pursue peace and environmental solutions that span the sharp borders that divide their peoples. The Institute’s research centers focus on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, water management, and the transboundary Arava Valley/Wadi Araba region. Cutting-edge research ranges from wastewater treatment and reuse to self-cleaning solar panels to ancient medicinal plants. Research has transitioned into on-the-ground projects for off-grid communities.
A LAPTOP FOR ONE STUDENT: $1,800
Computers are an indispensable tool for research and studies, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and many students do not have their own laptops.
MULTI-CULTURAL HOLIDAY FEAST & PROGRAMMING: $2,500
Every year, we celebrate holidays from the variety of religions and cultures represented in our diverse student body. Last spring, students celebrated Ramadan, Easter, and Passover while quarantining together.
ONE WEEK OF THE PEACE-BUILDING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: $3,600
Peace-building dialogue sessions empower students to develop cross cultural understanding and dialogue skills to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental and societal challenges.
MIDDLE EAST INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: $5,000
A semester-long internship for a recent graduate to work with one of the Institute’s research directors in a focused project.
For other giving levels and donation opportunities for The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, please contact Talia Tzour Avner at [email protected]