Student-led trips are most powerful for participants who’ve never been to Israel and who are open-minded with a genuine curiosity to learn and ask questions. Diversity is key. Typically it takes about two months to publicize a trip, collect applications, and select participants.  Then another two or three months to prepare them for the trip.

Managing participants involves three phases:

1. Set goals: What is the ideal mix of participants?

2. Recruit: Publicize the trip to the students you hope to attract

  • Create campus buzz (informal meetings, flyers, a Web site and social media)
  • Run information sessions
  • Collect applications and select participants

3. Prepare: Run pre-trip context-setting and social events as well as a required pre-trip logistics meeting to prepare participants for the trip and build group cohesion; collect all necessary participant information and paperwork.