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 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 paricipants 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
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
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, graduatied from college, married and had children. That experience changed my life, forever.
– Arlene, Wisconsin
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