Shnat, which means year in Hebrew, is a year of individual growth and exploration in which participants learn all sorts of life skills, things about themselves, and how to negotiate life with greater independence. Shnat is also about participating in a collective, the Shnat Kvutza, and about being part of a movement forum. This means that the process of independence, individual growth and discovery is connected to and supported by the other members of the group and the madrichim (guides) of the kvutza.
The program gives participants tools to be able to do well in the world, fostering critical thought, learning about Israel, politics and Judaism, functioning in groups as well as taking care of oneself independently. Shnat provides the tools and a forum for exploring the next steps and potential paths for continuing to build one’s life consciously and within the framework of Hashomer Hatzair.
Achvat Amim, which means "solidarity of nations" in Hebrew is a new 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of .self-determination for all peoples
Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem.
Intensive Arabic Semester for International Students
Givat Haviva offers an intensive Arabic language and culture immersion program for those over 18 years old. Students engage in five months of learning the Arabic language and Middle Eastern history and society. With 500 class hours of Arabic language and 70 hours of Hebrew lessons, students gain the basics of spoken Arabic complemented by courses on the history and politics of the Middle East. Adopting a hands-on approach, participants are immersed in both Jewish and Arab culture and language through study tours, community volunteer projects and family hosting programs in a neighboring Arab village and Jewish Kibbutz. Many program graduates are currently working in leading international organizations promoting public diplomacy in the Middle East.