- 5 weeks in Israel ~ June 27 – August 1
- Group Flight? Departs from NY on June 26
- Tution? $6,950 + flight cost
Nesiya allows participants to choose between a chaperoned group flight from New York and flying on one’s own. The price for the group flight is $1,550.
- Merit & Need-Based Scholarship Opportunities Available
We provide generous need and merit-based financial aid for those who need it, and will work with you to find sources of funding in your community. For more information about financial aid, please contact us.
- Ages? Exiting grades 10-12
- Safety and Security
The Nesiya Institute and Keshet, the Nesiya 2016 program operator, hold the group’s safety and security in their highest priority. Furthermore, all participants are covered by health, travel and tuition protection insurance.
The Nesiya Summer Program
The Nesiya Summer Program provides participants with a life-changing Israel experience combining outdoor adventure, workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts, community service projects, cultural activities and creative Jewish study in Israel.
Meet artists, educators, nature guides, activists, and community leaders who will work side by side with you creating, exploring, learning and building. Participants travel through four regions of Israel – the Negev, Galil, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and the Judean Desert – and focus on the origins, development, and role of the land of Israel in the future of the Jewish people.
This summer, take a journey that makes a difference! Join Nesiya for five weeks in Israel with Israeli and North American peers from diverse backgrounds.
Click on the tabs below to find out more about Nesiya's culture, and see below for more details on our program model…
Nesiya has a 30 year track record of designing and conducting programs according to the highest standards, including: a high ratio of talented Senior Educators and Counselor-educators to students (at least 1 staff member for every 8 students), who participate in year-round staff training, and most of whom work for Nesiya for several years; arranging private workshops and concerts with leading Israeli artists, activists and educators (i.e. Ehud Banai, Michael Oren, Shlomo Gronich, Ami Ayalon, etc.); recruiting diverse Israeli peers to participate in every program; choosing distinctive, high-quality facilities in four regions of Israel; providing full-time logistical support to improve the quality of meal and snacks; and providing meaningful follow-up program and networking opportunities for Nesiya alumni.
Nesiya adheres to stringent safety and security standards, as authorized by the "Situation Room," of the Society for Protection of Nature, in cooperation with the Israeli army. The challenges of the current security and political situation have strengthened Nesiya's philosophy and methods for conducting programs that challenge and inspire young people to significantly develop their personal relationships with the people, land, and cultures of Israel.
The Nesiya program is designed to inspire students to enrich Jewish life for others as well as themselves. A unique emphasis on Nesiya is on building a community in which being an individual and being part of a group are both important. In a group of diverse individuals, students are encouraged to express themselves personally and to contribute to the development of the group as a whole.
To help foster community building and individual students' development as leaders, participants are encouraged to lead many activities during the program with the assistance and support of staff including everything from wake-up activities to planning and running educational programs, tours of sites, and a range of Shabbat programs and activities. Participants also take responsibility for the day to day life of the group in areas such as supplies, meals, wake-up, study, and prayer options. Participants can also prepare for educational leadership roles in advance of the program, using educational materials and experiential educational activity kits provided by the Nesiya Institute.
The participation of Israelis on the program is critical to creating an opportunity for participants to explore Israel as insiders. Nesiya offers participants shared living and learning experiences with a diverse group of Israeli peers.
Nesiya is committed to recruiting appropriate Israeli participants who speak English and are prepared to join a non-Israeli group for a brief period. We have been most successful in creating the cross-cultural connection between Israeli and American teens. The North American participants often come back to study, visit, or live in Israel, and by keeping in touch with their Israeli friends on Nesiya they create an even deeper connection to their friends, the people, and the land of Israel.
Each day, there will be an average of 1.5 hours allotted for free time during the afternoon or early evening hours. During this time, students will be required to stay within the boundaries of the base, unless they have arranged to be off-base with a staff member, or have checked out of the program for a visit with family or friends (as arranged in advance with the Nesiya office).
For the home hospitality experience, the participants may go to visit family or friends in Israel; Nesiya can also place those teens who do not have family or friends in Israel with the Israeli families of their peers on the program. During all home hospitality experiences, students are expected to adhere to strict safety and security guidelines, a copy of which must be signed by hosts prior to the teens' visit.
Home hospitality experiences are organized and conducted according to strict rules regarding how a participant travels to and from the program, and include a double confirmation procedure for making sure each family of each participant knows where their sons and daughters will be spending the free Shabbat.
The staff for Nesiya is usually comprised of Nesiya veteran counselor-educators and/or other staff, who are selected and trained by Nesiya in Israel. The group is typically led by a designated "Head Counselor-Educator," who is supervised by one or more members of the Senior Staff. A "Head Counselor-Educator" is selected on the basis of their prior demonstrated leadership abilities as an educator, counselor, and leader and community-builder among both staff and participants.
Working alongside the "Head Counselor" are one or more full-time "counselor-educators." Individuals hired to work as counselor-educators on Nesiya usually possess a combination of aptitudes and/or demonstrated skills including: counseling, outdoor guiding, group facilitation skills, leadership of arts activities, and Jewish text teaching.
Nesiya also provides Senior Staff who run educational activities, supervise the staff and the educational program, and oversee the logistical functioning of the program. Senior Staff are usually in-residence, for an average of four or five days of each week during the program.
One of the full-time staff, according to most proposed scenarios, is a logistics coordinator with a car who provides supplies, snacks, and special outdoor meals, and also transports participants to the doctor whenever needed. Sometimes the logistics coordinator is also a veteran counselor who contributes educational leadership and counseling skills to the program.
These three rules are: no sexual intimacy, no drugs or alcohol, and taking responsibility for one's own personal health and well-being.
The rules all serve the same purpose: to support the exploration, growth and expression of both individuals and the group as a whole, and to insure the health and safety of all participants. Students and their parents are provided with a statement of the philosophy of community building and the rules of the program in advance, which is finalized in coordination with the client organization.
The Nesiya office in Jerusalem works closely with client organizations to maintain effective and prompt communications about all health and behavioral matters, and to respond to any other issues raised by the client organization or sponsor. The client organization serves as the primary liaison with the parents, and is responsible for collecting all necessary registration information, including medical forms, and fully informing Nesiya of any relevant issues that might affect a participant's ability to participate constructively in the program. Nesiya also maintains a website and posts digital photographs of the program each week, along with a brief report on the program, which can also be posted on the client organization's website.
Nesiya can offer the option of purchasing lowest possible airfares and flexible terms for reserving and purchasing all of the required airfare tickets through Nesiya. Nesiya is able to offer this service through its relationships with several wholesale travel agencies. Nesiya charges a per-ticket handling fee, which is determined at the time of agreement regarding this service.
Nesiya's proposal usually includes a fee schedule based on varying numbers of participants. If low numbers of participants cause the cost of the program to be greater than a client organization can afford, Nesiya stands ready to work with the client organization to cut certain features in the program in order to reduce the per-student fees charged to the school.
The per student tuition fee includes: all room and board costs, all land transportation costs, full time counselor-educators and senior staff, program materials, entrance fees, books, health insurance, visiting artists and educators, special events, staff training, source books and curriculum guides.
Did you pack your…?
- Hiking Boots — to hike up and down the mountains in the Judean Desert and Arava in the Negev
- Bathing suit — to swim around the Kineret and Mediterranean Sea
- Sandals — to walk around Israel during the summer
- Frisbee and other games — to play during free time
- Musical Instrument — to play during pre-Kabbalat Shabbat, workshops, and throughout the summer
- Camera — to take pictures of beautiful Israel and amazing new friends
- Hebrew-English Dictionary — to look up some words during a text study, or to converse with your new Israeli friends