Kibbutz Ulpan is a 5-month program for young adults aged 18-35. Participants study Hebrew and also volunteer on a kibbutz. There are Ulpan programs on 7 kibbutzim across Israel. Each kibbutz has a different start date which means that you can participate in a Kibbutz Ulpan program when it is most convenient for you.
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 a total of 18 to 24 academic hours (1 academic hour = 45 minutes) a week. All 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. 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.
Living arrangements on Kibbutz Ulpan Program differ from kibbutz to kibbutz. Most are dormitory- style with two or three participants to a room, and shared adjacent bathroom and shower facilities.
The Kibbutz Ulpan Program provides rooms and full board in the kibbutz, as well as sheets, blankets, work-clothes and laundry services (some charge a small fee). Some kibbutzim also provide towels, but not all.
There is WIFI in all kibbutzim, but perhaps not inside the rooms. If not, then you will be able to connect close-by. Most kibbutzim have a special MOADON (clubhouse) for the use of Ulpan participants.
Please note: non-religious Kibbutzim do not necessarily provide Kosher food. Please check with the organizers of the Kibbutz Ulpan Program which kibbutz provides Kosher food and which does not.
Winters can be cold in Israel, so bring warm clothing.
If you prefer to bring your own work shoes, make sure they are sturdy and reach above the ankle.
The Kibbutz Ulpan Program is based on the principle of study and work.
Participants work up to 24 hours a week and study 18 to 24 hours a week. Specific schedules differ on each kibbutz.The type of work one does depends mainly on the need of the kibbutz. One may be assigned to the gardens, dairy, fish ponds, kibbutz shop, barns, factories, kitchen, dining hall, kindergartens, laundry or any other place where needed. Work assignments are rotated whenever possible, but be prepared for relatively menial work and tiring physical labor.While the jobs given to you during the Kibbutz Ulpan Program are not necessarily your choice and perhaps also not your most favourite, please remember that they are not your jobs for the rest of your adult life, and also not necessarily your future career.
The demanding work ethic, early mornings, and tight camaraderie of the small rural environment can sometimes make it difficult for the newcomer, especially one coming with “vacation” expectations.
However, Kibbutz Ulpan participants who are open to new experiences and flexible to a different reality will be pleasantly surprised at the warm relationships they can develop and the depth of the experience they can become part of.
What do you get?
Dates And Locations
15 FEB 2018 – 19 JUL 2018
1 MAR 2018 – 31 JUL 2018
1 SEP 2018 – 31 JAN2019
Summer Post College Program (22-35)
25 APR 2018 – 28 SEP 2018
Winter Post College Program (22-35)
OCT 2018 – MAR 2019
1 MAR 2018 – 2 AUG 2018
6 JUN 2018 – 11 NOV 2018
1 FEB 2018 – 30 JUN 2018
JUL 2018 – DEC 2018
Cost And Schollarships
+ 360 US$ registration fee
The price includes the whole program, including trips, full board and accommodation.
Flight tickets are not included!
All our long term programs are powered by Masa Israel Journey. Lets us check out for you if you are elegible for up to 5,000 US$ grant and/or scholarship!
What participant tells
Five months ago, I joined an Ulpan Program on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. I expected to learn some hebrew, meet some new people, and do a little work on kibbutz. What I did not expect, was to pass Ulpan ג, meet the greatest group of people I have ever meet ,make extremely close friends I have truly come to think of as family, and work my ass off in almost every single job the Ulpan was allowed to do. Three days ago, the Ulpan came to an end, and today, I will be leaving the kibbutz. It was an experience I will never forget; a memory I will have forever. I will miss everyone greatly, and I will never forget the time I spent here, or the people I spent it with. Good luck to everyone else from the ulpan who is moving up to do bigger and better things.
We can't thank you enough, kibbutz ulpan program changed our lives My name is Mara Neiman. 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 in 100 days. The day I arrived at the kibbutz I was introduced to another participant Justin Zellinger. We have been together ever since that day. We would not have met if it was not for this program. Justin is from Tampa and had decided to take a semester off of school and I am from Chicago and had recently seperated 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 to one day go back to Yagur, it is a wonderful place with wonderful people.
Thank you for having this program
Mara Neiman & Justin Zellinger
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