Kibbutz Ulpan Program

Ulpan students having a jam session.
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Kibbutz Ulpan is a 5 month work-study program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30.  On the program you will learn conversational Hebrew, work on the kibbutz, and take part in rich and unique kibbutz culture. The total cost of the program is $6,010 which includes a $360 non-refundable registration fee and $5,650 for tuition. It is one of the most affordable long-term programs in Israel. Complete room and board, as well as health insurance and all programming, is included.

Masa scholarships are available for those who qualify. Go to www.masaisrael.org for more information.

Participating in a Kibbutz Ulpan is a time-honored tradition that countless people have experienced over the years. Today a Kibbutz Ulpan is a perfect choice for anyone looking to take a gap-year before college, or for any young adult looking to take time off from employment or college and do something different while learning Hebrew and seeing Israel.

Ulpanim (plural of Ulpan) begin at different kibbutzim at staggered times throughout the year. All of the Ulpan programs offer various levels of Hebrew instruction.

The following Kibbutzim offer Kosher food: Sde Eliyahu (a modern Orthodox Kibbutz), Mishmar Hasharon, Na’an and Tzuba.

If you plan on making ALIYAH (moving to Israel) upon arrival to Kibbutz Ulpan, please contact Nefesh B’Nefesh as this office only works with TOURISTS.

As a tourist, you will need to obtain an A-2 Student Visa in order to remain in Israel for the duration of the program. This can only be done AFTER you are accepted in the program and should be done in one’s home country before departing for Israel. Those with Israeli passports do not need a visa.

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Please contact Emma at mail@kibbutzprogramcenter.org to receive application forms

         “As an Israeli-American, I’ve always desired to work on a kibbutz. It’s somewhat of a rite of passage for young Jews to live and work on one. Jerry Seinfeld, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Joe Lieberman are among the Jews who’ve volunteered on kibbutzim. Living on Ma’agan Michael, one of the largest and most prosperous Kibbutzim in Israel, offered me a chance to better connect with my identity and ideology and participate first-hand in a movement that has been so formative to Israel’s development… I am certainly thrilled to have had this experience in my personal history–something I was only able to do up to a certain age–and do what so many Zionist and Jews have done before me”
-Daniel from New York


         I was at Kibbutz Yagur from Dec 26, 2007 to June 2, 2008.  Being in this program changed my life in so many ways.  The great friends I made, improving my Hebrew but most importantly meeting the man that I will be marrying 100 days.  The day I arrived at the kibbutz I was introduced to another participant, Justin.  We have been together since that day.  We would not have met if it was not for this program.  Justin is from Tampa and had decide to take a semester off of school and I am from Chicago and had recently separated from the U.S. Air Force.  As we got to know each other while living on the kibbutz we knew we did not want to be apart and Justin moved to Chicago.  He proposed a year ago and now our wedding is just over 3 months away.  We can never express enough to people what a great program the kibbutz ulpan is and how wonderful Kibbutz Yagur is.  It also helped us to find employment in the Chicago Jewish community.

         I wanted to say that this was the greatest experience and this is a program that impacts the participants for their whole life.  Many of our friends we met at the kibbutz will be at the wedding and the others in spirit.  We both can't wait to one day go back to Yagur, it is a wonderful place with wonderful people.  - Mara, Illinois

         There is no better way I could ever imagine spending this past month in Israel than right here, on Kibbutz Naan.  Being here was the perfect way to begin my year long journey in Israel...As I go on to spend the rest of the year in Israel, I am so thankful for this home that I have been invited into for the past month.  I only hope that future ulpanists are able to hold Kibbutz Naan in a special place that I do now.  Thank you for making my stay so special, Kibbutz Naan!  I will be back to visit! - Maya, California

         I want you to know how much I appreciated your help with Taylor's [program].  He was just accepted into his choice college!  Thanks to your support, you have made quite a difference in the life of a young man. - Marla, California

         I loved my time in Ulpan (Naan).  The teachers were amazing!  The kibbutz was beautiful, and I really felt "at home" after several weeks of being there.  The rooms were fine, I actually really liked mine, and I was happily surprised that the bathroom/shower facilities were so nice.  -Heidi, Washington

         Living on a kibbutz is one of the best experiences I've ever had.  I never thought I'd be learning Hebrew with Ulpanists from all over the world along with working hand by hand with Israelis on the Kibbutz. Living on Kibbutz Tzuba has brought so many great memories that will last a lifetime.  Thanks again. This program has really changed my life. -Ryan, Vermont

         In the course of five months, I became fluent in a new language, and found a home, family and friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life. -Rebecca, Ontario

         My time in Israel thus far has been nothing short of amazing. . . My experiences working, studying Hebrew (I started knowing nothing and can now hold a conversation!) and learning about Israeli culture have been fantastic. The kibbutz is beautiful, and there are participants from 25 different countries, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. Our field trips to areas such as the Golan and Jaffo have been great as well. -Jessie, California

         After graduating high school, I lived on kibbutz.  I went with a group of people, some were old friends, others were soon to become friends.  The time I spent in Israel and on kibbutz, I learned a lot about Israel, kibbutz, and myself.  I learned Hebrew, worked hard, and learned many life skills.  I left kibbutz, graduated from college, married and had children.  That experience changed my life, forever.  -Arlene, Wisconsin

         When I spent five months studying and working on Kibbutz Yotvata, not only did I learn to read, write and speak Hebrew but I also had an unsurpassed quality of life. While living at Kibbutz Yotvata, located in the Arava valley, 26 miles from the resort-town of Eilat, I fell in love with the beauty of the landscape. Date palm trees were scattered throughout the land and the enchanting desert mountains changed color at sunrise and sunset. The people I lived with were just as colorful as my surroundings. One of the greatest benefits of the Ulpan program is that it attracts people from around the world. The experience living, learning and working with people from all over the world had a profound impact on me and has had a lasting effect on my career goals. -Yosefa, NY

                     From: Rachel(Aviva) – ULPAN AND ITRACK

The first thing I would recommend to future participants, is something I didn't realize until I left the kibbutz I stayed on to continue my time in Israel. I did two ulpanim in Israel: one on a kibbutz (Ramat Yohanan) and one in Tel Aviv. I did my first ulpan on a kibbutz, and realized after I got to Tel Aviv that, that was smart. On the kibbutz, they really took good care of me. When I needed to get my visa extended, the director of the ulpan called misrad hapnim (she did this for all of the ulpanistim), made an appointment, and then all we had to do was go there and get  our passports stamped. My mom came to visit me while I was living on the kibbutz, and she was able to stay in my room, hang around the kibbutz while I was working/in class, eat in the dining room, etc. and when she was leaving, the director called a sheirut (communal taxi) to come to the kibbutz to pick her up.

Overall, it was a nice way to get adjusted to living in a new country, and I would suggest to anyone who's spending at least 10 months in Israel, to spend some time on a kibbutz first.  

Tel Aviv was quite the opposite. One thing I do suggest right away is to buy a really good map. It was a good investment, and I'm glad I bought a map. It saved me from getting lost while I was walking around Tel Aviv. I spent a good portion of the first month I was there getting lost on the bus! 

I did an ulpan in Tel Aviv, too. It was part of iTrack(maslul ishi), so I was able to build my own program. A 5 month ulpan on a kibbutz is a good way to start learning Hebrew. A second ulpan in Tel Aviv was great, and I'm glad I had the first ulpan before hand. In Tel Aviv, it was great, because I was able to use my Hebrew every day(reading menus, ordering coffee, asking for directions), little things. I think I ended up in level "aleph plus" in my ulpan in Tel Aviv. Which is cool, because on the kibbutz, I was definitely a beginner with Hebrew. 

In Tel Aviv, we only had ulpan Sunday-Thursday from 9-1, so I had a lot of free time. I took classes in: photography, belly dancing, and Bikram yoga, and volunteered with the SPCA. I also spent a lot of time in Yafo, and a lot of time just walking around Tel Aviv. If you're worried about getting lost on the bus, there is often at least one or two people who are more than willing to help you. But often, the entire bus will help you figure out how to get where you're going.

-Rachel

 

 



 

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