Itinerary design can begin as soon as you have assembled the leadership team. Think of an itinerary as an educational journey with each destination, each activity, and each speaker building on the next. For the students, the journey should be transformative, broadening and deepening their understanding of Israel and the region.

The itinerary for your trip will be uniquely your own. It should develop four or five themes you have defined. It should also offer memorable experiences, time to kick back and have fun, and the opportunity to deepen friendships.

Tips & Tricks

  • Prepare the students for the trip with pre- and post- activities that provide context and continue the narrative
  • Offer a balanced narrative: a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives
  • Early in the trip, establish Israel’s historical context, borders, and geography
  • Offer a mifgash (encounter) – opportunities to interact with Israeli peers
  • Schedule structured reflection time in facilitated, small-group discussions
  • Build in free time
  • Encourage students to question and engage in genuine dialogue with speakers and one another
  • If possible, spend weekends in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem where venues are open and within walking distance
  • A welcoming party the first night will be a bonding experience; end with a gathering that wraps up the experience