International
Programs

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 two hours to several months, depending on goals and interests.

Visit GHIS

GHIS is one of Givat Haviva’s newest projects. Given its location, visiting the school for two hours 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.
International Programs

Extended Study Tours

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.

Customized seminars run by our professional facilitators focus on the geo-politics and diversity of the region, and include history, politics, identity, everyday life and culture.
Interactive workshops offer basic mediation skills through the lens of regional conflict. Participants are helped to understand complex scenarios through implementing these skills and through role-play.

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

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Endorsements for Study Tours

Doron Ben Atar
Doron Ben AtarFordham University, New York
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“Our partnership with Givat Haviva provided us with a substantive engagement with the many components that make up Israel's complex society and culture.

The study tour provided personal experiences for my students as they interacted with different segments: from Ethiopians in Gedera to Palestinians living within the separation wall in Bethlehem; from the crazy quilt of the divided Bartaa to the colorful gay community of Tel Aviv, from the antiquities and religious sites to the vibrant nightlife in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

At each place you provided tour guides and ‘locals’ who engaged Fordham students at a deep level, eschewing polemics and presenting the challenges in a complex and nuanced fashion. My students not only gained much knowledge and understanding, they sharpened their critical thinking—precisely the goal of high level university education. And it was so much fun. There is no better way to learn. After our return, we couldn't stop talking about the trip and what we learned. At least two of my students are planning to go back to Israel and continue their education there.

It was the most moving teaching experience of my three decades of teaching at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Fordham. Thanks so much.”
Carly Redding, Ph.D.
Carly Redding, Ph.D.University of North Georgia
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“The study abroad program at Givat Haviva International Center was transformational for both students and faculty at the University of North Georgia. The program and course was comprehensively designed to meet the needs of our students and to gain knowledge in negotiation, collaborative practices and peace building. It was the perfect learning experience and was valued by our students.

The facilitators provided a supportive and dynamic group environment that created positive interaction between students, staff and faculty as well as the local community. They provided opportunities for the students to immerse themselves in cultural opportunities that enabled them to understand and gain insight into the region. In addition, Givat Haviva created opportunities for exploration and discovery around Israel that created the perfect learning experience for our students.

The program at Givat Haviva allowed us to grow and gain insight both personally and professionally. We are all grateful for the opportunities they provided.”
Reflections on customized language programs from midshipmen of the US Navy for courses in 2020
Reflections on customized language programs from midshipmen of the US Navy for courses in 2020United States Naval Academy
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“In the six weeks I studied at Givat Haviva, I learned more Arabic than in two semesters at my university. The program of study was engaging; the teachers were professional and caring. Numerous field trips and activities were organized that helped me practice my Arabic and explore Arab culture in Israel.”

“Givat Haviva International truly provides its students with every possible tool to learn and immerse in the area of their study. I spent six weeks at this school learning Arabic. The faculty and staff spent every waking second providing my colleagues and I with the best education in Arabic and I learned the language at a faster pace than I ever had previously. I was exposed to several different points of views and cultures because we had different teachers from different backgrounds. I am very grateful for my time at Givat Haviva and I wish I could have spent more time learning Arabic there! Great staff and faculty! 10/10 learning experience.”

“Givat Haviva is the best institution for learning Arabic. In our intensive language course, the teachers combined learning the language with the culture of Israel. Their enthusiasm for teaching was evident and incited a love of learning. We were able to form personal connections with our teachers and other staff members at Givat Haviva that extended beyond the walls of the classroom. Overall, spending time learning at Givat Haviva was fulfilling both academically and culturally."
Reflections on customized language programs from midshipmen of the US Navy for courses in 2022
Reflections on customized language programs from midshipmen of the US Navy for courses in 2022United States Naval Academy
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“My time at Givat Haviva and in Israel was amazing, being able to both begin learning Arabic and experience all that Israel has to offer. A glimpse into the culture and area that I will be studying motivates me as I return to school to learn about it for 3 more years.”

“ I had a fantastic time in Israel. I learned a lot about the culture of Israel while learning Arabic. I'm very grateful for this experience and the adventure that came everyday while I was there. I thank the whole Givat Haviva team for all the tutelage, hospitality , and phenomenal planning that you all provided. I hope to come back to Israel,so see you soon.”

“Fresh off of the May flare up, I was nervous about coming to Israel and about how some people would be treated. Being here challenged a lot of my assumptions. I learned a lot about the Jewish-Israeli culture and how it’s mixed in with the Palestinians. I saw a county which I would’ve never have visited before and explored areas that most people won’t. I talked to people and most importantly made a lot of friends- friends I will never forget. I hope to come back soon (without 9 people) and really explore the country by myself or with a friend. I really enjoyed my experience and my time here.”
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For more information on International Programs, please email:

Clare King Lassman
Director of Communications/Fundraising
clarekl@gh-is.org
Tel: +972 54 812 1490