One distinct aspect makes the Kibbutz Ulpan Program a unique program:
Participating are both tourists that come on a temporary base and most likely will return home at the end of the program, and young Olim Chadashim (New Immigrants), who are on the first part of their journey to make Israel their new homeland. The participants are regarded as one group by the Ulpan staff and will be treated as such.
The fact that tourists and Olim Chadashim share everything during the program makes it a unique program.
The Kibbutz Ulpan Program has been running like this successfully over the years, giving the participants wonderful opportunities to make friends from all over the world and to experience from close by the process of absorption in a new society.
The goal of the Kibbutz Ulpan Program is to provide participants in 5 months with a working knowledge of conversational Hebrew, the ability to read simplified texts and newspapers and build a foundation for further study.
Each Kibbutz Ulpan has its own Director and staff, who are at all times responsible for the participants, their behaviour and their general well-being.
Ulpan teachers are licensed by the Ministry of Education (one of our partners), and trained in teaching Hebrew as a second language to adults.
Classes generally consist of 20-25 students and meet for total of 18 to 24 academic hours (1 academic hour = 45 minutes) a week.
Most Ulpanim teach the first two levels of Hebrew, while some also offer more advanced levels.
The Kibbutz Ulpan Program includes lectures on Israel and Judaism and one-day seminars on current Israeli and Jewish events.
Also included are once-a-month guided tours and hikes to historic and scenic sites.
In addition, on most kibbutzim a five-day Gadna (experiential IDF-Israel Defense Forces-acquaintance) seminar is offered.
The Kibbutz Ulpan Program is recognized by the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel (Adult Education Department) and participants will receive an official certificate after completing the course.