This month marked the beginning of the new school year for all Agrostudies students. Over 1400 students from South East Asia and Africa will begin attending their designated campus once a week.
Over 1400 students from South East Asia and Africa will begin attending their designated campus once a week.
Kfar Silver is the biggest campus and will receive the largest number of students whilethe rest of will be distributed between Ruppin, the second largest campus and Tel Hai in the North.
The students will study everything from plant protection to advanced international studies to modern irrigation.
In addition, both demonstration farms are scheduled for the first planting in the next couple of weeks which means they will be active and offer another opportunity for the students on campus to gain practical experience.
This week however, is all about settling in. Each student received his/her personal laptop and is learning to navigate Agrostudies’ online learning system.
Michelle Domlau Rapael, a new student at Kfar Silver, arrived in Israel on September 29th and lives in Lakish. On the farm in Lakish she works with grapes and pomegranates and she jokes that the pomegranates here are much larger than the ones she knows from her home in the Philippines. When asked how she feels about her experiences in Israel so far, she says it’s been wonderful and an eye opening experience. She hopes to learn a lot about irrigation in particular.
Her English is quite good, certainly enough to communicate and this is the case with most students. Some countries have greater linguistic barriers or don’t speak English at all. In the case, for example of the French Africans, Agrostudies manages a completely separate program especially for them, in French. This includes French lectures, learning materials, professional tours and more. Another linguistic group includes the Vietnamese and Lao students, whose learning materials have all been translated to allow them easy access. This translation project required great resources and time to achieve and now proudly resolves the language barrier for over 300 students from this region each year. Their online system , educational presentations, homework and exams are all translated to their own language.
Until now they have spent their time on their respective farms with a few friends, most of which they knew from their home countries. This week the true magnitude and meaning of the Agrostudies experience is beginning to dawn on the 2015-16 students. This is their opportunity to meet and befriend agri-preneur colleagues from all over the world. To make meaningful professional connections and to step up their game both as agriculturalists and as businessmen and women.
Ariel Mastracci, the Kfar Silver campus manager encourages the students to socialize and take advantage of this opportunity to meet friends from other countries and looks forward optimistically to a productive and positive year of study and work for all Agrostudies students and staff.