What Makes a Great Galilea Fellow?
The best Galilea fellows are people who are ready to serve, listen, and grow. Having healthy curiosity, flexibility, reliability, and an eagerness to learn are all surefire ways to enjoy yourself and to be most effective in this exciting and complex place.
How old do you have to be?
The Galilea Fellowship is for any native English speaking Christian aged 20-30.
Is the Galilea Fellowship open to different kinds of Christians?
Absolutely! We have loved having fellows join us who were Evangelical, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, and so much more. So long as you have an active Christian belief and life, you are welcome to join us.
What is Christian life like on the program?
Your Christian faith, and spiritual formation will be an essential piece of your time with Galilea. Our assistant director Anna Babcox is in charge of facilitating fellows’ connections with local churches, and coordinating weekly Bible study and Christian fellowship.
What are the values of the Galilea Fellowship?
Here at Galilea we like to say, "it's not Galilea unless it benefits everyone." Galilea is committed to Service, Bridge-Building, and Learning and all three of these components make it possible for us to "Create a New History, by Walking Together." The fellowship works in harmony with these three elements to ensure that everyone involved benefits, grows, and learns--including the fellows, the staff, and the people of Israel.
How long has the Galilea Fellowship been running?
We have been operating happily in the Galilee since 2017.
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Is there a political agenda to the Galilea Fellowship?
The agenda is to open young Christian adults to an engagement with a wider Israel and its peoples, with all its beauty and complexity.
What does the academic program look like?
Dr. Shapiro gives an academic course about the issues and developments in Jewish-Christian relations, with weekly readings and writing assignments. Modern Hebrew is taught by Mrs. Beverly Aron. There are guest lecturers each week that teach about modern Israeli history, society, politics and more.
What is the application process like?
Once you submit your application you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Conditional acceptance will be given to a small group of our most outstanding applicants, who will then be required to submit a signed memo of understanding, proof of international health insurance, a signed medical form, and a clear police background check. After you pay your tuition, you will receive your formal acceptance and travel instructions.
Where is it?
The program takes place predominantly in the towns of Nazareth and Tiberias, but includes exploration, hiking and travel throughout Northern Israel or the region known as “The Galilee”
How much does is cost?
The program fee is $2000, which includes housing and program-related travel within Israel for the entire three months. Galilea Fellows are responsible for their own airfare, groceries, cell phone plan, weekend travel and health insurance during the program.
(If you would like to participate in the Fellowship for College Credit offered through The King’s College, the program will cost $13,200. This total includes your program fee.)
Where do the fellows live?
The fellows live in apartments in Tiberias and Nazareth. The apartments are fully furnished with wifi and utilities included. They are equipped with laundry washer and dryer, a/c, and fully functional kitchens. Both apartments are located near their city centers with easy access to public transportation throughout the country.
What is the schedule like?
The weekly schedule is a combination of service days in schools, study days, and Galilee field days. There are also regular Hebrew classes and evening guest lectures in there. The schedule is designed to be pretty full so that you can take full advantage of your time here.
What are Galilea Field Days?
Galilea field days include different activities including archaeological digs, and hikes throughout the hidden, picturesque and meaningful parts of Israel following our guide and land of Israel instructor Michael Even-Esh.
What is the Service Element of Galilea?
Roughly three days a week, the fellows volunteer in the Arab Christian and Jewish schools in the Galilee assisting English teachers in those schools with English instruction. No training or certification in English teaching is required, the primary role of fellows is to provide native English assistance with spoken language practice and guidance to the students. This assistance is vital to the teachers and the students of the under-served periphery and is the locus of momentum behind giving to these communities, experiencing cultural exchange, and being a physical bridge between students who would normally rarely meet one another.
What is Beautiful Galilea?
The Beautiful Land Initiative and the The Galilea Fellowship have enjoyed joining forces these past years to help address Israel's litter problem. Bringing our fellows, and our friends here in Israel together to take part in this wonderful program the fellowship enjoys ministering to the land roughly twice a semester to pick up garbage throughout the Galilee. The collaboration is what we lovingly call the "Beautiful Galilea."
Do fellows get time off?
Absolutely. Saturdays and Sundays are free days for Galilea fellows to rest, travel, and explore. We also strive to make sure that there is at least one long weekend so that you can venture a little further in Israel without rushing. Please note that Fellows may not leave the country for the duration of the program.