At HiBuR, we try to provide an immersive cultural exchange experience, unparalleled with programs in which one travels to Israel as a tourist, or within an American “bubble”.
Our students spend their week in Haifa staying at the homes of the Israeli students they hosted back in the fall, interacting with their entire families, having dinner together, spend a Shabbat with them, and even accompany their hosts to school for one day. In addition, while exploring the country as an American group, they are are always accompanies by several Israeli students, there to share their own local perspective.
Spending a total of 20 days together, a significant amount of time, is highly likely to result in formation of deep, meaningful, and log-lasting relationships, both locally and across countries. Many students who participate in HiBuR return to Israel for a semester abroad or a summer program (students who participate in HiBuR maintain their eligibility to go on Birthright).