- Eilat, Israel
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
- In partnership with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the premier environmental education and research program in the Middle East, Dickinson's summer sustainability course will focus on sustainability in the Negev Desert. The geopolitical realities of the region, coupled with the challenges of living in a desert environment, provide a unique backdrop for understanding the complexities of sustainability in the region.
Four week SUMMER PROGRAM offered in JULY 2013. The curriculum uses environmental issues as a vehicle to examine and discuss the social and political challenges of the region, which are threaded throughout the curriculum to provide the context for the issues facing the region. Key topics will be taught by experts in their field. Dr. Michael Beevers, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, will weave together the various topics of sustainability in evening seminars with students.
In addition to the environmental curriculum of the Arava Institute, the program will consider the social and economic structure of kibbutz living and the history of the kibbutzim movement in Israel. To this end, students will conduct small group community based research projects related to the desert environment and community at Kibbutz Ketura and Lotan.
The format includes classroom and field sessions, and students get hands-on community experiences including mud-building projects, organic gardening and work in experimental orchards.
Program Fee Includes:
- Full room and board
- Academic excursions to Timna Valley Park, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Eilat
- In-country transportation related to the academic program
Airfare is not included; however a group flight will be arranged. Primary medical and accident insurance purchased in the U.S. is not included.