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2024 Arava Institute Mission: Insights into the Region

October 27 - November 4


Registration is now open! Join us for the Arava Institute Mission: Insights into the Region (Sunday evening October 27 –  Friday afternoon November 1st, 2024) and embark on a mission like no other. This opportunity offers a deep, nuanced, and authentic understanding of the region—far beyond what you’ll find in the headlines.

This will be an unforgettable journey to experience the true essence of the region firsthand. Supported by attentive staff and a knowledgeable guide, we will connect with different local communities, learn about their daily lives since October 7th, and offer our support.

We will visit Arava Institute’s groundbreaking projects as we travel from Tel Aviv to Eilat. We will engage with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs including those who are part of the Institute’s new Jumpstarting Hope in Gaza initiative which aims to bring interim water and energy solutions in advance of a larger post-war recovery effort in Gaza.

In addition, the Mission will include a full day of immersion at the Arava Institute. This opportunity allows you to dive deep into the culture, academics, and transformative peace-building curriculum of the Institute.

On the immersion day at the Arava Institute, participants will:

  • • Engage with the esteemed Arava Institute faculty
  • • Meet the leaders of the Institute’s research centers
  • • Interact with students and attend a class
  • • Discover innovative projects students have developed to tackle the region’s environmental challenges


Tentative Itinerary

October 27 –  November 1st, 2024

(Since everything is dynamic, the final itinerary will be posted closer to the event to reflect the latest situation on the ground.)

Sunday eve: Meet in Tel Aviv
Monday: Meeting/volunteering with various groups, including internal refugees, as well as visiting Kibbutzim and sites in the Gaza envelope, such as the Nova music festival site
Tuesday: Meeting/volunteering with different groups and visiting an Arava Institute project at a Bedouin school
Wednesday: Two Options: Bike riding from Mitzpe Ramon to Kibbutz Ketura or an opportunity to engage with the Arava Institute community
Thursday: Arava Institute Immersive experience for everyone
Friday: Two Options: Bike from Kibbutz Ketura to Eilat or meet with internal refugees in the Eilat area. Airfare is included from Eilat, back to Ben Gurion at the end of the trip.


Mission Details

Cost: Participants will be required to pay $3,600 per person to cover the cost of the Mission.

Deposit: There is a $500 non-refundable deposit for the trip to be paid upon registration.

Payment Schedule:

• Upon Registration: $500 Non-refundable deposit per participant

• August 30, 2024: 50% of full payment due

• September 27, 2024: Full payment due

Each participant is asked to fundraise or make a tax-deductible gift of a minimum of $2400 to support the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

All riders will use our rental road and hybrid bikes. While we currently don’t have electric bikes available, we could explore adding them if there’s enough interest.

We will ride in one riding group at a pace of ~13-15 mph on a rolling hill terrain; 45-65 miles/day. We will all use rental bikes. We will have Lead & Sweep Riders and SAG support.

Here is the ride with GPS routes of the expected riding days. Make sure to select the “Tzofim” route on the left-hand panel.

Mission Size: The Mission will be limited to 35 participants.

Refund Schedule:

• Cancellation before August 30, 2024: Full refund besides deposit

• Cancellation between August 30, 2024 and September 27, 2024: 50% refund of funds paid

• Cancellation between September 27, 2024 and October 13, 2024: 25% refund of funds paid


If you are interested in more details about the Mission, please email info@israelride.org


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