Group Leaders

Vibol Chab - Cambodia
 
Vibol, from Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, studied Bussiness Management in Bright Hope Institute of Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia between 2009-2012.  Wanting to expand his knowledge of modern agriculture he came to AICAT in 2017 to be a student in the “Diploma Program”.


As an AICAT student, he was based in the south of the Arava in Kibbutz Yael but his studies where still in the AICAT center in Sapir. It was a fantastic time characterised by many changes and new developments in his life. After graduation, Vibol returned to Israel as the Cambodian group leader to help the students from his country.

 Vibol's believes that one of the significant benefits that students get from their experience at  AICAT is developing creative thinking regarding challenges. At AICAT they learn new ideas from farmers, their teachers and experts on how they can establish their agribusiness and how to become entrepreneurs in their own countries.

As a group leader,  Vidol hopes that he inspires his students to become also leaders for the future. He continuously reminds his students of the opportunity that they have here and be open to everything so that they can learn as possible. He knows that it can change their lives, as it did his!

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Laos - Mr. Sou Thor
 
Hello. My name is Sou Thor. I am from Laos, I am Laos group leader in this year.
I was an AICAT student last year and now have returned to be the group leader for the Lao students. When I was an Aicat student I had learned many things from the first day I arrived until the to the last day of my studies!  I gained a lot of experience and also a lot of valuable knowledge - both in Agriculture but also as a person. I met many teachers who taught and shared their knowledge on how to improve and developed agricultural systems. It was a very great time in my life.

 AICAT  is a very important place for many students because it is a unique place to learn about modern agriculture and irrigation system.

As I am a group leader of Laos, my main duty is to help my students and help AICAT. I am very proud to be a part of AICAT and to lead all my students. I am here to help or discuss with my student's any problems they may have and to make them understand everything they experience during the time at AICAT.  I remember, A few years ago,  my group leader  - he was very nice because he helped to translate any lessons, solve problems between student and farmer and many others.  He was a great example of how a group leader should be and I will try to be like him and find a new way to improve both myself and the students time in the Arava
Kenya: Mr Kenneth Chepkwony Kiplangat
 
I am Kenneth from Kenya. Before joining AICAT in the year 2016, I graduated from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Kenya, earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Health, Production and Processing.
I lived and worked in Kibbutz Lotan for 11months, after which I partnered with 2 other AICAT graduates to establish Kenarava Group Ltd. – an agribusiness consulting company in Kenya with a focus on community development. I returned to the Arava in July 2018 to serve as AICAT group leader for the 3rd internship cohort comprising 116 Kenyan students.
In my eyes
The AICAT experience is a mind opener. African youths and particularly Kenyan youths are always brimming with great ideas. It is until they become exposed to places like the Arava that their potential becomes fully activated. In context, the agribusiness space of developing countries is plagued by gaps within critical sectors that affect national food security. Exposure to the theoretical and practical aspects of Arava agriculture accords program participants with skills and information that can be tailored to drive sustainable agribusiness development back in their countries.
As a group leader
I see myself as a mentor and guide to my students. I use my personal experience to influence the students to develop a genuine sense of concern towards national, continental and global issues surrounding the food & water crisis. Back in 2015 when I first joined AICAT, I was “just that kid from Kenya” – had never travelled before or even boarded an aeroplane. My experience in AICAT changed my perspective for good. I now see agriculture as, not only a way of life, but a potent tool of international diplomacy – the key to a better WORLD.
Ujwal Aryal - Nepal
 
Ujwal Aryal  from Nepal, Dhading. I am 28 years, single, determined person. I have a  Bachelor degree in environmental science and a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and food security. 

I was a student on from  2017 August until 2018 June at AICAT, and returned to become the Group Leader of the next group of Nepalese students.

It was great to be a participant in this important and fruitful program.
I learnt from AICAT " what to do - how to do - But aslo how to do it differently than others". AICAT's aim of sharing and giving advance knowledge in the agriculture sector is how we can change the agriculture systems into community farming.  I believe we can only transform our existing communities into prosperous, healthy and organized place through proper development of farming, which we had learned from AICAT. I have a strong belief that this program becomes a milestone for Nepali youth.
- Pius De Jesus Da Costa
 
Pius De Jesus Da Costa  -  or Costa as he likes to be known as - is the Group Leader for this year's students from Indonesia.

Costa comes from Kupang,  a  small city in the east of Indonesia.  There he studied agricultural technology and engineering at  Artha Wacana Christian Univerity. 
He came first to  AICAT as a student in the diploma program 2017 and then returned to as his country Group Leader in 2018.

He believes that studying at AICAT gives students the opportunity to be challenged:  in their studies,  in changing their way they thought about modern agriculture and also learning how to cope with living in a new country.   Overcoming these challenges give them the key to success, in both life and studies, because they know they can conquer anything if they put their minds to it.

Moreover,  Costa believes that AICAT makes students think out of the box.  Studying with AICAT shows and teaches them about modern practical agriculture and its an entirely different to how they know and do in Indonesia. 

Costa says “I try to give the best to my students,  I  help and guide them during their time here at AICAT. I hope that my being here bring confidence to my students and that they know that I am here to help them in any situation and of course be a bridge  between them and AICAT.”