Campus Life

The Arava Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley, Israel.

Arriving from across the globe, Arava Institute students bring a breadth and depth of diverse customs, beliefs, and opinions to the Arava Institute. Cultural exchange is frequent as students live, study, and take part in a variety of extracurricular activities including hiking, yoga, gardening, and camping. Every effort is made to provide a diverse living arrangement in each apartment unit so that students can learn from each other in a multi-cultural community. In addition to natural friendships and interactions, there are also planned activities to direct cultural discussions and exchange.

The Arava Institute Campus Life team consists of a Campus Life Director and 2-3 Program Associates. The Campus Life Director (CLD) is responsible for arranging community programming, managing day-to-day logistics, and supporting the health and well-being of students. Arava Program Associates (PAs) are usually recent Arava Institute alumni and are easily accessible staff that live on campus, running the Campus Life Program and helping with many day-to-day issues, from arranging student council meetings to organizing weekend games of volleyball.  Learn more about your Campus Life team.

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    Kibbutz Ketura

    The Arava Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura. A kibbutz is a society dedicated to mutual aid and social justice; a socioeconomic system based on the principle of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation of production, consumption and education.

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    Student Residences

    Students live in spacious, air-conditioned dormitories on the main campus. Dormitories are within walking distances to classrooms, the AIES offices, the dining hall, laundry, sports facilities, and the library.

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    Campus Life Team

    Campus life provides students with the opportunity to explore and enjoy their exceptional campus community. The Arava Institute Campus Life Team ensures that there is a full calendar of social activities that increase environmental and cultural awareness on campus.

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    Intercultural Immersion

    Intercultural Immersion Arriving from across the globe, students bring a breadth and depth of diverse customs, beliefs, and opinions to the Arava Institute. Cultural exchange is frequent as students live, study, and eat meals together. Every effort is made to provide a diverse living arrangement

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  • Arava Artist Residency Program

    The Arava Artist Residency Program is initiated to be a not-for-profit arts project with the mission to support emerging and mid-career Israeli and international visual artists, encouraging dialogue and experimentation through workshops, residencies, and exhibitions.  The program will provide an annual opportunity to visual artists,

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