- Trip GoalsKey questions to ask yourself in defining trip goals: Why are you leading the trip? Why are the participants going on the trip? What will participants take away from the experience?
- Leadership TeamWhat it takes to lead a student trip to Israel and the roles shared by members of the leadership team with the support of the tour company
- Planning & Funding SupportHow to get the help you need to plan and fund the trip: on and off-campus sources, where to look, and how to make your case
- University BackingUniversity backing for the trip can provide access to students, meeting rooms, and a public forum for getting the word out
- ResourcesTools, examples and templates to help you get started
Getting started leading a student trip to Israel starts with you: Why are you doing it? What are your goals? Who will you tap to help you make it happen?
- Map out clear goals for the trip; these will influence the kinds of participants and co-leaders you recruit and how you shape and design your itinerary
- Assemble a team of three to five strong, capable co-leaders to share decision-making and responsibilities
- At a high level, set priorities in terms of the mix of educational, tourist, and recreational content you want the trip to contain
- Build partnerships by reaching out early to previous trip leaders, mentors, and potential sponsors
- Set a trip size; best practice is to have one student leader to every 12-14 participants
- Plan with an eye towards trip sustainability in years to come