Givat Haviva International comprises all international activities. It draws on 70+ years of intercultural educational experience to provide programs that promote greater understanding of the complexities, opportunities and challenges of Arab and Jewish communities living in Israel. These are custom-designed for each visiting group and vary in duration from an hour and a half to several weeks, depending on goals and interests.
GHIS is one of Givat Haviva’s newest projects. Given its location, visiting the school is a popular educational activity for international groups heading north from Jerusalem or south from the Galilee. They meet GHIS students from more than 20 different countries, and learn about the school’s mosaic of cultures, life stories and ideas. Students and faculty alike will inspire visitors with stories of transformation that take place while living and learning in this diverse community.
Givat Haviva is a leading educator in the field of inclusivity and social cohesion, and was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. It also serves as an advisory organization for the UN Economic and Social Council.
Givat Haviva International welcomes groups of any age or size for extended and memorable learning encounters. These residential programs are custom-designed by our experienced staff and top educators to meet the needs of each group. They generally include language immersion and seminars on conflict resolution and mediation, with additional topics as varied as art and food as forms of cultural expression, or an introduction to Krav Maga self-defense.
Some of our current partners include the United States Naval Academy, Fordham University in New York, and Kivunim.
Introductory and immersive learning of Arabic and Hebrew is run by Givat Haviva’s Institute for Language Studies, which has been operating since 1963 and has earned a reputation for excellence both within Israel and internationally.
In addition to classroom studies and learning about different societies where those languages are spoken, students are taken on cultural field trips to places off the ‘tourist trail‘ where they can use their new communication skills in a natural manner. They learn first-hand how language serves as a bridge among people, furthering understanding and acceptance of one another’s culture.
As the former educational center for the Hashomer Hatzair Kibbutz Movement, Givat Haviva is well-placed to explain the changing role of the kibbutz in the development of Israel.
To learn more about how a customized study tour can be developed for your group, contact:
Clare King Lassman
Director of Communications/Fundraising – GHIS – firstname.lastname@example.org