Information for Parents
Since 1996 the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies has pioneered environmental academic and research program in the Middle East. At the Arava Institute, students receive a cutting-edge environmental education as well as an immersive, cross-cultural experience – an opportunity unlike any other – and will leave the institute with a network of friends and colleagues from around the world.
Parents of Arava Institute students often have questions about safety and security, travel logistics, communicating with your child, and more. Please read on for answers to these questions and many more!
For additional information on visas, health care while abroad, and money, please visit our page for accepted students and interns.
Student Safety and Security
The Arava Institute views the safety of its students as a paramount value and has robust safety systems in place.
Kibbutz Ketura is a small desert kibbutz community deep in the south of Israel and its isolation is considered an added benefit to our safety measures.
The Arava Institute distributes travel advisories from the US embassy over the semester to our students, specifying areas they should stay away from. Students traveling for personal trips during the program are requested to advise the Campus Life team of their plans beforehand and to maintain contact with the department. In addition, all accepted students and interns are provided with a list of mobile telephones numbers of staff who can be contacted 24–hours-a-day if necessary.
We submit our field study trip itineraries for approval by the Israeli authorities before we proceed and all overnight trips have guards accompanying us.
In addition, the Arava Institutes hires student life staff who are deeply knowledgeable about the Institute, Kibbutz Ketura, and the greater region.
Click here to meet our student life staff.
The small size of the Arava Institute and Kibbutz Ketura community creates a warm and friendly environment, and enables the Institute staff to respond to the needs of its student body.
Keeping in Touch
Student can receive mail at the following address:
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
D.N. Hevel Eilot 88840
All accepted students and interns are provided with a list of mobile telephones numbers of staff who can be contacted 24–hours-a- day if necessary.