Marva

FALL SEMESTER | 8 WEEKS

Marva

If you’ve ever wondered… How would it feel to wear the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces? What do Israelis go through when they enlist? Could I really do it? Then Marva might be for you.

Experience the Israeli Army as a Soldier

The Marva track is an army simulation program that gives you the opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the Israeli military from within. Live together with Israelis and other participants from around the world on an army base for two months. Meet with soldiers, wear an Israeli army uniform, carry a gun, and learn survival skills, field training, self-defense, topography, navigation, and more.
Through hiking the land, living in field conditions and going through lessons and lectures, you will learn hands-on the issues of the country. Marva will help you strengthen your ties to Israel, whether you’re a tourist or a potential new immigrant. It is a group experience like no other.
The program is based in the south of Israel on a Gadna base, but participants will spend considerable time in various other parts of the country, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Galilee and more. Through hikes, lectures, lessons and physical activities, participants partake in real-life training exercises and live in actual army conditions. Hard military-style discipline is enforced in all activities, making this experience challenging and satisfactory.
A separate Marva application is required and final acceptance is at the discretion of the Marva staff. Participants are required to demonstrate a basic level of physical and mental wellbeing.  All male participants must arrive with a very short haircut.

*Due to the 8-week Marva schedule, academic courses for credit are not offered to those choosing this add-on track.

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