What is the Green Apprenticeship?
The Green Apprenticeship (GA) trains participants to understand and create sustainable solutions for the issues facing the modern world. Our core program incorporates the following subjects, taught through both theoretical and practical instruction:
Practical work includes:
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Click here to see how program graduates have integrated their experience into their lives and businesses
In all our programs, practical skills are developed through hands-on work in our environmental education center, organic garden, and alternative/natural building projects, and complemented by classroom sessions in such topics as ecological design, permaculture, gardening theory, and community building. Visit our You Tube channel to find out more.
Participants are also interwoven into the daily life of our kibbutz, an intentional cooperative community based on the principles of liberal, egalitarian Judaism. Click here to read more about the kibbutz.
Students also have the opportunity to live what they learn on a day-to-day basis by staying in the GA EcoCampus – a prototype neighborhood for sustainable living. Click here for more information.
Additionally, participants come from all over the world to be with like-minded individuals and create life-long connections. They leave the course brimming with information, motivation, confidence and support, and become part of the larger community of those who value ecological living.
Upon successful completion of the course work, participants will receivea Permaculture Design Course Certificate according to International Permaculture standards. The Green Apprenticeship is inspired by the Ecovillage DesignEducation Curriculum developed in cooperation with Gaia Education.
Graduates of the Green Apprenticeship integrate the skills they learn into Masters and PhD degrees in ecological subjects and as formal and informal educators. Other professional endeavors include: establishing and directing environmental NGO’s, creating a permaculture education farm, entrepreneurial efforts in the organic food industry and landscape architecture, becoming experts in natural building and carpentry, doing agricultural work in farms all over the world, and much more.
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Sustainable Israel develops professional skills through an intensive theoretical and applied fellowship in sustainable development. This unique fellowship builds innovative capacities that participants will take with them as a “tool kit” for sustainable development. Participants study permaculture design and sustainable development, ecological agriculture and architecture, Ecovillage design, natural building, renewable energies including solar and biogas, rainwater collection, community building, group dynamics and much more.
Participants approach sustainability through a modern Jewish perspective and develop a living and relevant expression of Jewish environmental ethics. The fellowship includes meetings with policy makers in the Arava Valley, tours of neighboring Kibbutzim and Jerusalem, service learning in Be’er Sheva, hiking in the Southern Arava and snorkeling in Eilat. Upon completion, fellows receive internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification.
As part of the course, participants live in and help build the EcoCampus. Additionally, fellows experience countless opportunities to engage in community life at Kibbutz Lotan, including Friday night dinner with the Lotan community and opportunities to volunteer in various Kibbutz work branches including the cow dairy, date plantations, organic gardens, landscaping and more.
During Sustainable Israel, fellows receive internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification. Graduates of Sustainable Israel integrate the skills they learn into academic degrees from Bachelors to Ph.D. studies, and many formal and alternative career paths. Professional endeavors include: establishing and acquiring leadership positions in environmental NGOs, developing permaculture sites, entrepreneurial efforts in the field of sustainability, organic farming, landscape design, architecture, natural and green building and more. To learn more about what possibilities are available upon completion, have a look at our alumni page.
Permaculture & Ecological Design:
Nature and Green Building
Ecovillage Design Education
Eco Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel
Sustainable Israel course dates and scholarships can be found here.
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