Kibbutz Harduf is founded on a unique ideology of co-existence, inspiration, education, and community. This beautiful, ecologically sustainable kibbutz in the Galilee serves as an ideal backdrop for meaningful volunteer work on Project TEN with NEXT.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Kibbutz Harduf is located on a hill overlooking the Zippori stream and Ein Yivka spring in the lush Jezreel Valley region of the Lower Galilee. The kibbutz was founded in 1982 by a group of young people and families, who wished to build a new community inspired by Anthroposophy, or Spiritual Science espoused by Rudolf Steiner. Today Harduf remains true to its original mission focusing on areas of education, social therapy, rehabilitation, medicine, arts, agriculture, and organic food. It is home to the first Waldorf School in Israel and Harduf Organic Food Products – Israel’s largest producer of organic agricultural products.
At Harduf, you have the opportunity to live immersed in a natural environment, surrounded by the forest. Here, you can return to the basics, living connected to the earth, experiencing the beauty of the changing seasons, and eating food you’ve grown and cooked yourself. The kibbutz attracts idealistic people striving to make the world a better place. Living in Harduf is your opportunity to cast off the distractions of everyday life and connect more meaningfully to deeper values, relationships, and community.
Kibbutz Harduf boasts a cozy pub, vegetarian restaurant, coffee shop, organic market, and supermarket. The kibbutz pool is open from the end of May to September.
WHERE IT’S LOCATED
Kibbutz Harduf is located in the historic Jezreel Valley with neighbors that include the nearby Jewish and Arab villages of Ka’abiya, Swa’ed, Shefar’am, and Tivon. Strong community relations are the pride of Harduf, and the kibbutz is considered a model for co-existence outreach in Israel. The port of Haifa is located less than 30 minutes away and is the closest major city with bus connections all over Israel.
Project TEN with NEXT volunteers based in Harduf’s ecological village that features:
- Environmentally friendly showers and toilets
- Shared kitchen and dining space
- Bedrooms with space for 3-4 residents (men and women have separate rooms)
The facilities have been constructed with the goal of conserving energy, materials, and water, but also provide necessities such as a refrigerator, furnishings, washing machines, wi-fi. The food supplied by the center is strictly vegetarian and locally purchased to ensure freshness. Harduf maintains a kosher-style kitchen.
KNOWN FOR: Authentic kibbutz living and a dedication to co-existence
FUN FACT: The Israel National Trail passes by the kibbutz grounds
WHAT’S IN A NAME: Harduf is Hebrew for oleander, the ancient flower that grows commonly in this area of Israel
LOCATION IN ISRAEL
Project TEN with NEXT
UNDERGRADS | 5 MONTHS | KIBBUTZ HARDUF or MITZPE RAMON
Give of yourself and make an impact on Israeli society based at Kibbutz Harduf or in Mitzpe Ramon. You’ll learn Hebrew and Arabic while contributing to a diverse community and pursing social justice.
Project TEN with NEXT Summer
UNDERGRADS | 4 WEEKS | KIBBUTZ HARDUF AND MITZPE RAMON
Give of yourself and make an impact on Israeli society based at Kibbutz Harduf and in Mitzpe Ramon. You’ll learn Hebrew and Arabic while contributing to a diverse community and pursing social justice.