We did our best to make sure you get as much info as possible on the life in our program and in the Kibbutz.
Class takes place 3 days a week from 8am to 3pm. Friday is a half-day so if you have class on Friday you will also have an extra session once a week in the afternoon after work.
There are 3 class levels and you will be assessed by the teachers upon arrival to determine which class you will be in.
Work is also 3 days a week with a half-day on Friday. The hours you work will vary depending on the job.
There are many different jobs on the kibbutz and you will be placed according to your level of Hebrew and any specific skills you may have. Examples of job placements include: dining hall, kindergarten, wedding garden, plant nursery, laundry, helping to maintain ulpan buildings.
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the ulpan moadon (common room) Sunday-Thursday. On Fridays ulpanists eat in the kibbutz dining hall and on Saturdays there is no breakfast.
Lunch: Ulpanists eat lunch in the kibbutz dining hall Sunday-Thursday. No lunch is served on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dinner: Ulpanists eat dinner in the ulpan moadon Saturday-Thursday. On Friday ulpanists eat dinner in the kibbutz dining hall where they can take an extra portion of food for lunch on Saturday.
For meals eaten in the kibbutz dining hall, an allowance is provided each month. Any unspent points will not rollover to the next month and anything spent over the limit must be paid back.
Food on the kibbutz is not kosher.
Rooms are usually shared between 2 or 3 ulpanists. Rooms are single-sex but buildings may be mixed.
Each room has a desk, wardrobes, a fridge, and air-conditioning. Ulpanists are provided with a pillow and bed linen. Towels are not provided.
Moadon: This is like a common room for the ulpan. It is where many meals are eaten and has a TV as well as wifi (there is no wifi in the bedrooms). The moadon is opened each morning and locked at night.
Laundry: Laundry is done once a week. Each ulpanist is given a number and must label all clothes with that number.
Post: Your address to receive post on the ulpan is: YOUR NAME, Ulpan, Kibbutz Yagur, Israel, 30065
Ulpan office: The office is located above the moadon. The ulpan manager and house mother can usually be found here during office open hours. The laundry room, lost property, and post room are also located here.
Facilities on the kibbutz:
Food shop (markolit): Sells many food items including fresh fruit, vegetables, and frozen items.
Grocery shop (kolbo): Sells items such as toiletries, cleaning products, clothes, and stationery.
Pub: The kibbutz has a pub which is open to ulpanists on Thursday and Friday nights.
Couponim: The kibbutz uses its own currency known as couponim. Couponim can be purchased with cash in the ulpan office and must be used for any purchases in the markolit, kolbo, and pub.
During Shabbat and after work/class upanists are free to use their leisure time as they wish. You can leave the kibbutz during your free time as long as you return to the kibbutz in time for work/class.
Jewish festivals: Festival days are treated like Shabbat and so there is no work or class on these days.
Days off: Ulpanists are usually able to take one day off from either work or class each month. This must be prearranged with both the ulpan manager and your workplace/teacher.
Visitors: Ulpanists can have guests visit them on the kibbutz during the days. Visits must be prearranged with the ulpan manager and no guests are allowed overnight.
Outside the kibbutz:
Transport: There is a bus stop outside the kibbutz served by a number of local bus routes. The closest station is Lev Hamifratz which can be reached by bus from the kibbutz. From Lev Hamifratz you can take many buses into Haifa and the surrounding area as well as the train to other cities.
Stopmarket: This is a big supermarket just outside the kibbutz.
Lev Hamifratz: Next to the station is the Lev Hamifratz cinemall with many shops, restaurant, and a cinema.
Haifa: There is a lot to do in Haifa including nightlife, shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing.
Trips: A number of trips off the kibbutz are arranged by the ulpan. These can vary from year to year but may include a trip to Haifa, Jerusalem, and Eilat.
Insurance: All ulpanists have medical insurance throughout their stay on the kibbutz.
Kibbutz medical facilities: There is a clinic on the kibbutz where you can see a nurse, doctor, or get medicine from the pharmacy. If you need to go to the clinic, a member of ulpan staff will arrange this for you.