Givat Haviva International School in northern Israel is a coed boarding high school that brings together promising young students from diverse communities and varying economic backgrounds. Over three years they are developed as leaders for cross-cultural cooperation and conflict resolution through a unique approach blending academic excellence with emotional intelligence.
Students aged 15 to 18 live and study together in a respectful, listening community where their individual backgrounds and personal stories are truly valued. In this environment, they form enduring friendships that cross divides and connect communities. GHIS teaches the two-year IBDP, and also provides about 30 10th grade Israeli and Arab Jewish day students with a rigorous pre-IB academic education.
GHIS is committed to recruiting and retaining an exceptional faculty and staff who reflect the empathy and kindness that underpins the school’s culture. Our dynamic educators are deeply committed to the entire student experience.
Thank you for your interest in GHIS. We welcome applications from recent high school graduates or current college students who would like to assist with admissions or marketing. Please email Nurit Gery at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in our school.
GHIS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. At GHIS we encourage applications from and do not discriminate against students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
For more than seven decades, Givat Haviva has provided educational programs aimed at developing a just, equal, and inclusive society. In 2018, we created GHIS as an educational incubator to develop leaders for the future of our world, the Middle East, and Israel—to help move from competition and struggle between nations to a shared, egalitarian society that operates in peace.
GHIS students study the complexity of global conflicts, the differences, and the similarities between them. They learn that individual identity can exist while accepting the identity of the other, and that conflict can be transcended through greater mutual understanding.
Our school draws on the insights of the IB program and the experience of our students from around the world, and supplements it with conflict resolution knowledge accumulated over more than 70 years in Givat Haviva. With this formula a responsible cohort of young people is being created that will one day lead our shared society.
As CEO of Givat Haviva from 2012-2021, Yaniv was one of Israel’s primary leaders of shared society. In this role he created programs that promote these values and educate as many citizens as possible to the benefits of working together.
GHIS is more than just a school. Through our students, their families and communities, and the growing network of committed supporters, GHIS’s impact stretches around the world. Our mission of building peace through education is a message that is resonating far and wide to attract students and stakeholders alike—individuals who appreciate that they can be part of a project that is creating a new cohort of leaders for change.
Together, people of all faiths, from the United States and around the world, are building a like-minded community much larger than the GHIS population. Our school’s impact is creating a ripple effect across the globe, and I am grateful for the incredible commitment and contribution of all supporters—from diverse communities in the United States, to the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, Morocco and many more.
Our supporters understand the value of educating our passionate and ambitious young students through a lens of shared experience. All will gain a global perspective, top-class education and applicable skills for their future, giving them confidence to be agents of change in all spheres of life both in Israel and across the world.
Nurit joined Givat Haviva in 2015 after 20 years in senior corporate roles. She has traveled around the world building a network of partners, friends, and supporters with GHIS at its core. Nurit graduated from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with a B.A. in Biology, and has an MBA from the University of San Francisco, California.
GHIS provides a world-class educational experience that equips our students with the tools, knowledge, and life skills to thrive in a diverse, globalized society. We offer the internationally acclaimed IB Diploma Programme facilitated entirely in English, a robust extracurricular program, dynamic residential campus life, and a team of highly experienced, qualified, and dedicated educators.
We are fully committed to the well-being, personal growth, and academic success of each of our students. We have developed extensive support systems ranging from pastoral and emotional care, trained boarding staff, a learning support center, one-on-one tutoring, career counseling, and guidance through the university application process. We ensure that each of our students is matched with a teacher-mentor throughout their enrollment in order to holistically support them.
Above all, GHIS is a community of eager and passionate leaders. We believe in people. We believe in education. We believe that our graduates will carry our mission and expertise, and transform the world by connecting people and making their societies fairer, more just, and more inclusive.
Yuval is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education at University College London. He has a B.A. in Economics and Business Management, an M.A. in Education Leadership and Administration, and an M.Mus. in Musical Performance from Tel Aviv University.
Clare joined GHIS in 2017 as a fundraiser, forming part of the founding team that brought the project to life. GHIS gives Clare the perfect platform to share the very best of Israel with an international audience. “In the future we will see GHIS alumni leading their peers and making this region and the world more equitable.”
Clare came to Israel on sabbatical from the UK in 2007 having worked in fundraising for nonprofits for more than 15 years. She immediately volunteered in initiatives bringing together Arabs and Jews. Understanding the importance of bridging the divide, and wishing to connect diaspora Jewry to shared society projects, she committed herself to this role professionally. Clare and her family decided to settle in Israel and she has been working in this field ever since.
Before gaining her B.A. in Urban Studies from Sussex University, Clare graduated from the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem.
Hadas heads up the GHIS boarding team and also coordinates all the CAS activities. She spent an impactful year at the Arava Institute with international students, including Palestininans and Jordanians, which opened her mind to the power of cooperation in a multicultural setting.
“When I heard about GHIS, I knew I had to be involved in helping a new generation of young Israelis learn it is possible to listen and respect others’ opinions without judgment.” Hadas lives on campus with her young family, and is available to students 24/7.
Immediately prior to joining GHIS, Hadas was a geo-political tour guide and involved in environmental education. She earned her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development from Ben Gurion University and an M.A. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of Haifa.
Maysaa is vice principal at GHIS, in addition to teaching Arabic. Prior to joining GHIS, she was one of the founders of Gesher al-Wadi, a school for Arabs and Jews in Kafr Qara, and also taught at the Arab-Jewish School in Neve Shalom.
“Working at GHIS is a unique experience that allows me to explore and learn about other cultures from around the world, and the conflicts that are taking place there. As a mother of four, I know the importance of giving young people the space to express themselves freely, explore their identity and not be afraid to share their views. GHIS students know they are all equal. They can look each other in the eye and say ‘I hear you as a human being.’ I am hopeful for the future of our country because our students will be ambassadors for change in Israel.”
Maysaa earned a joint degree in Arabic Language and Literature, and Middle Eastern History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Leadership and Management of Education Systems from Bar Ilan University. She is also a qualified facilitator for groups in conflict.
Yardena sees a direct connection between her teenage role as the founder of the Scout troop in Kfar Saba, and the milestones that connect her professional life. From director of Young Judaea summer programs to dean of students for AMHSI, each involved her creating something from scratch, guiding teams, taking responsibility, and managing big and complex projects.
Even before GHIS was founded, Yardena was there to help; originally as a volunteer and later as the director of admissions. “I am proud to be the first person that potential students meet in their interview, and the one who will stay connected as they become alumni. I feel as if they are my own children, and am honored to celebrate their successes with them.”
Yardena obtained her B.A. in Education and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has recently completed an M.A. in American Jewish Studies from the University of Haifa.
Hannah came to Israel from Washington D.C. as a teaching fellow with the Masa Israel Journey program, where she taught English to middle school students. As the year came to an end, she decided to stay and joined GHIS.
“I like to be busy, so as well as teaching English language and literature, plus Spanish, I recently took on the challenge of becoming the IBDP coordinator.”
Hannah earned a B.A. in History from Elon University, North Carolina, and is also a certified history teacher.
Hiba is a GHIS superstar—no job is too big or too small. She teaches Arabic, and is both a school administrator and a mentor. Totally dependable, Hiba is outstanding in everything she does.
“To be a mentor is to give the students support as a mother. To be a teacher at GHIS is a totally different experience from my work in other schools. I wish I could have been a student here.”
Hiba obtained her B.A. from El Qasame College, and M.A. in English Literature from Bar Ilan University.
Ahmad joins GHIS as an Arabic A teacher for the DP1 cohort, and also teaches Arabic to 10th grade students. He is a newly qualified teacher in citizenship and nationalism, and has substantial experience in the area of Jewish-Arab shared education.
“Facing and being aware of social issues has a big and meaningful value in my life. I believe that the mutual responsibility between citizens and countries is the key to creating a better place to live. My purpose is to be involved in promoting the face of the society and to be dedicated to human rights around the world. Being part of those changes and having had influence truly defines me.”
Ahmad earned his B.A. in Political Science and Media from Tel Aviv University, where he also gained his teaching certificate.
Karine is an IBDP graduate from UWC Atlantic College, Wales. Joining GHIS as a mentor and biology teacher was therefore a natural choice for her.
“As a mentor, I aim to be a role model, guiding students to efficiently manage their time and to support them with their academic assignments. As a biology teacher my mission is to raise their awareness of the climate crisis and promote a positive relationship between humans and the environment.”
Karine earned her B.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and her M.A. in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Katy is an extremely experienced and highly sought-after chemistry teacher. Prior to GHIS, she worked for many years as a lecturer at Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, and also taught at top high schools in Haifa.
“GHIS is a special place which allows me to develop my abilities and express myself. I am accepted by students and staff as I am—which is different from other places where I have worked.”
Katy obtained a B.Sc in Chemistry Education and a Teaching Certificate from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an M.Sc. in Education in Technology and Science, and a B.Sc. Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Yael comes from a diverse finance background. Prior to GHIS, she worked in multiple senior global finance roles in banking, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and investments in the technology and healthcare industries. Yael also works in an Israeli high school where she teaches English as a second language.
“GHIS is a special place which allows me to combine my global finance background and teaching passion. Raising future economic and business leaders and triggering changes in developing economics is a goal that can be achieve if we plant the seeds of knowledge and application at early age.”
Yael gained a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA, majoring in Finance, from New York University. Yael obtained her Teaching Certificate from Kibbutzim College.
Kerrie has been writing all her life; she was a journalist and worked in radio before deciding that teaching was her true vocation. She has always believed in the advantages students gain from living in a multicultural and diverse environment, and she wants to show GHIS students that any of them can have an impact if they chose the path of politics.
“The IB system gives me the leeway to teach new things and develop new initiatives. I encourage the students to always speak up, even when they do not feel confident.”
Kerrie has an M.A. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a UK Teaching Certificate from University of London, Celta English Teaching Certificate from Cambridge University, and is currently working on an M.A. Education at the University of Bath.
Shani is an experienced educator with a background in American and Israeli education institutions and international NGOs. Having grown up in both Israel and the USA, she is thoroughly familiar with the experience of studying abroad and understands the challenges students face. Shani loves knowledge, interactions, learning, and teaching, and once in a while, she’ll bring her guitar and sing the material to students.
“For me, education is a mind-blowing experience — big bangs that happen in our brain as we connect the dots of our experience of existence. As a teacher, it is my way to teach students to think for themselves and believe anything is possible for them to achieve.”
Shani has an MA in Government Studies from the Interdisciplinary School, where she wrote her thesis on the US Security Council’s decision making process on military intervention. She also holds a BA from Manhattanville College in Philosophy, Writing, and African Studies, as well as a teaching certificate from Levinsky College of Education.
Haya had not planned to continue teaching, but after meeting the students and faculty at GHIS she knew that joining was the only way forward.
“Literature and humanities enable my students to learn how to rethink their life and surroundings in open and pluralistic ways. I see my role as opening their minds and teaching them tools to develop critical and broad thinking.” In her additional role as a mentor, Haya aims to support her mentees through their years at GHIS.
Haya earned her B.A. in Mass Communication and Management from Tel Aviv University, and M.A. in Hebrew Comparative Literature from the University of Haifa.
Formerly a senior software developer at Amdocs in Israel, Assaf decided in 2018 to leave his hi-tech career behind in order to teach math and computer science at GHIS. Assaf is an adored teacher and colleague, has spearheaded the planting of a forest, and is beautifying the school’s open spaces with the creation of a sustainable garden.
“I believe the essence of education is to instill learning skills, strengthen the students’ self-confidence, and bolster their ability to communicate effectively.”
Assaf earned his B.A. in Finance and Business Management with a minor in Computer Science from Connecticut State University. He holds an M.A. in Management, Leadership and Education from the University of Haifa.
Becoming a high school teacher was an unexpected professional diversion for Tamar, who prior to joining GHIS, was a statistics mentor at the Open University of Israel and a statistician at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon L’Tsiyon.
“Teaching a diverse group of students at GHIS has broadened my horizons and allowed me to put my values into action.” She has a reputation for being wholly devoted to her students.
Tamar earned her B.A. in Economics and Agriculture from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot, and her M.A. in Statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Benny’s professional path has taken many twists and turns; between periods in the security services he worked in agriculture, education, and industry on the kibbutz where he lived.
After retiring, Benny was looking for a new challenge. Living close to GHIS, he had heard about this unique school and offered his services as a mentor and personal tutor. He is deeply connected to the students, to whom he is wholly committed
Natalie is a writer, artist, performer, psychodramatist and workshop facilitator originally from Melbourne. She has been involved in theater projects with Aboriginal and Jewish communities in Australia, and has run workshops in countries around the world.
“Joining GHIS to teach theater was a natural move, allowing me to fulfill my ideas and ideals while connecting with the country I now call home.”
Natalie has a B.Sc. in Psychology from Curtin University in Perth, a Diploma of Education from Victoria University in Melbourne, and is a graduate of John Bolton Theatre School.
Efrat was co-founder of the Alfred Cooperative Institute for Art & Culture, and was the director of Rawart Gallery in Tel Aviv.
“Art is a tool to engage with issues of identity and self-expression, and to express political and social issues. The IB’s high-level curriculum enables the students to combine theory and practice as they examine and analyze the essence of art works.”
Efrat earned a B.A. in Art from Hamidrasha at Beit Berl, and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Utrecht School of Arts (HKU).
Josh grew up in the USA and completed high school in Jerusalem where he graduated from the International Institute for Youth Leaders. He first attended a seminar at Givat Haviva when he was 17. Over the years he has returned to Givat Haviva to study Hebrew, Arabic, and community leadership; facilitate Arab-Jewish encounters; and lead seminars for students from abroad.
“I’ve taught at boarding schools in Israel and the United States, led programs at camps, international study tours, and devoted thousands of hours to the professional development of early and mid-career educators. GHIS stands out as an opportunity to draw upon all of my experience to take part in building an amazing school.”
Josh earned a B.A. in Middle East Studies from McGill University, in Montreal, and an M.A. in History, from the University of Haifa. He holds a Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania.
Yousef is an Arab-Druze living in Isfiya in the Carmel mountains – a specialist in physics and math teaching.
“I transfer my love of and enthusiasm for science to my students. I am not a regular teacher. As students enter my class, they might see a guy jumping from a high table, dragging a chair, throwing powder in the air or other strange things. My students are active partners in my experiments and appear as heroes in my case studies and work sheets. I encourage my students to attempt challenging physics and math problems. They tell me they enjoy each minute in class and this is the first step to them becoming scientists of the future. I love GHIS because I teach pupils from different countries, with diverse languages and cultures – yet all are homo sapiens!’
After finishing his first degree in sports from the Wingate Institute, Yousef transferred to Tel Aviv University, where he passed his B.Sc. in Physics with excellence. He continued at Tel Aviv with an M.Sc. in Experimental Physics.
Galia came to Israel from Mexico in 2020. As a native Spanish speaker and DP graduate, she is excited to join the GHIS faculty.
“A teacher can make an enormous difference to their students as they guide them to success. I teach Spanish with an appreciation of the culture and origins of the language. I learn through my students.”
Galia has a B.A. in Clinical Nutrition from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a TEFL certificate for teaching English as a foreign language.
Carrie has been working with international students in Israel for the last decade. Prior to joining GHIS, Carrie was the mental health counselor for the international student population at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She also worked for many years as a drama therapist with young Israeli special-needs adults residing in group homes through the Kesher Association.
At GHIS, Carrie relishes the opportunity of counseling students from diverse backgrounds and creating a safe atmosphere for those who require additional support. She provides individual and group therapy, facilitates psychoeducational workshops, and supports the educational staff.
Carrie obtained her B.A. in Theater Performance from Marymount Manhattan College and M.A. in Creative Arts and Drama Therapy from Haifa University. She is currently studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Mindfulness.
Rana is an experienced high school educational counselor and was the psychological counselor at the International School at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Previously, she was the director of the Youth Education Unit in Ar’ara Municipality.
Among her many different positions, Rana is most proud of her role guiding teachers and principals in the City Without Violence program. “The aim is to educate children and youth about alternatives to violent behavior by providing them with tools and activities which stress the importance of human dignity, tolerance and coexistence.”
Rana earned her B.A in Behavioral Science and Psychology from Max Stern Emek Israel College, and an M.Ed. in Educational Counselling from Beit Berl, Haifa.
Yoni has spent over 40 years working with international students in Israel as a teacher, administrator and institutional leader. In the past he served as the deputy director of the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad, the founding principal of Israel’s first Virtual High School, ORT Aviv, and the director of undergraduate studies at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which included overseeing undergraduate admissions. Most recently he was vice provost at the Rothberg School.
Over the years, Yoni has taught Jewish and Israeli history at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem University College, the Schechter Institute and various other academic institutions in Israel.
Yoni has a B.A. in Education and Jewish History, an M.A. and PhD in Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as a teaching certificate for secondary schools.
Inbal Vehaba joins us from Kibbutz Maoz Haim. Prior to her military service she spent a gap year at Mevo’ot Eron boarding school, working with teenagers from Israel and abroad. After her army service Inbal went to California to work as a camp counselor. During Covid restrictions in 2020, Inbal worked as a youth counselor in Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan.
During her free time Inbal likes to travel across the country, relax with her friends and family, and read. She is very excited to join GHIS and to be able to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
Dotan was born on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet and grew up in the rich musical ecosystem of Philadelphia. For him, the only thing more natural than making music is sharing it with his students. To teach, learn, and create in such a diverse cultural environment is something he has been dreaming of since middle school. Dotan will be using all his skills as a boarding counselor and also teaching music to the 10th grade.
“I am so impressed by the GHIS students who study in a language that is not their own. The best way to create connections and develop empathy is through our shared universal language of music!”
Dotan earned a B.M. in Music Education with a concentration in Bassoon Performance from Temple University. He also studied jazz, conducting, and theory.
Yara Amayra is from Dura, Hebron. She graduated from Birzeit University with a B.A. in Business Administration and International Relations. As a student at university, she was invited to attend several programs to study abroad, where she experienced the educational systems in the US and France. She is fluent in five languages.
“I decided to join the team at GHIS because I believe in its ideology and the value of sharing a society instead of simply co-existing. I hope to contribute to the work GHIS does and the betterment of our future as a shared society.”
Noam is 21 years old and from Gan Yavne. She is in her second year as a counselor at GHIS. She joined following military service where she worked with at-risk teenagers, and spent a year volunteering in a youth movement.
”GHIS has opened a door for me to an enriching and challenging international experience. I was determined to find a valuable job and embrace this role with everything that I am.”
Or is from Givatayim, and loves both arts and sciences. At school she majored in chemistry and conducted academic research at a lab of Tel-Aviv University. For eight year, she danced in a professional studio.
Or decided to take a gap year because volunteering and contributing to the community has always been very important to her.
Naomi is from Kibbutz Yizre’el near the Gilboa, where she has lived with her family since they moved to Israel from the Netherlands. She recently graduated high school from Ein Harod, where she majored in art and chemistry.
Naomi’s hobbies include playing music, baking, and painting. She enjoys hiking and loves going to the beach.
Shira is from Ramat Hasharon, where she recently graduated from Ankori’s media program, majoring in cinema and business management. She loves dance, photography, music, and math.
Shira is grateful for the opportunity to contribute through a gap year at GHIS because she likes to get out of her comfort zone, and meet new people from other cultures.
Harel is from Moshav Mashen. At school he majored in physics and music. Having spent four years learning music production and playing two instruments, he hopes to one day be a professional musician.
In addition to music, Harel loves all sports—particularly football and basketball.