What is the iTrek Leaders website?
Every year, dozens of graduate students take on the rewarding challenge of leading their peers on a life-changing trip to Israel that offers the widest possible vantage point for understanding Israel and its peoples. The iTrek Leaders website is designed to streamline and simplify the trip planning process for student trip leaders. This site is chock full of tested best practices, insider tips, advice and insights—all drawn from a deep well of experienced, former student trip leaders.
Here are just some highlights of what you’ll find when you dive into the site’s content and resources:
- A simple, straightforward, 6-step planning process
- A road map that lays out the complete process, start to finish
- Video testimonials from student trip leaders
- Boilerplate letters and templates
- Sample itineraries
- Recruitment videos
- Budget spreadsheets
- Funding information and applications
- A wide array of potential speakers and activities, including user reviews
- And more…
The iTrek Leaders website is powered by Israel & Co., a nonprofit that supports student-led trips to Israel. See below for more details.
What is Israel & Co.?
Israel & Co. is a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to build greater understanding of and appreciation for Israel among global leaders and rising leaders by encouraging and empowering them to visit the country to experience for themselves Israel’s global contributions, innovative and diverse culture, and complex reality.
Israel & Co. supports students who have expressed interest in leading their peers on a trip to Israel by providing the help they need to design and implement a memorable, fun and meaningful Israel experience. Israel & Co. targets graduate schools that have strong track records for turning out future leaders and change-makers. The current focus is leaders from top graduate schools in the fields of business, law, and public policy. To-date, the organization has supported over 140 graduate student delegations to Israel.
How can Israel & Co. help with my trip?
Israel & Co. offers both programmatic and financial support for student-led trips at target schools. Israel & Co. pairs new student trip leaders with experienced mentors, and connects trip leaders with inspiring Israeli thought leaders, innovators, and policymakers to enhance trip content. Israel & Co. also provides a variety of financial subsidies to cover trip-related costs.
Connect with a mentor
Israel & Co. pairs new student trip leaders with mentors — experienced student trip leaders in the same field of study. As a trip leader alum, mentors can help out with questions ranging from how to manage the workload and market the trip to itinerary design, budgeting and managing group dynamics.
Leading a trip? Not sure? We’d love to hear from you and answer your questions. The experts at Israel & Co. are standing by to answer your questions about leading a trip to Israel. Ask away!