Throughout the semester and year, your whole group will take overnight trips somewhere in Israel, usually involving hiking and camping. Through these experiences, you'll get a chance to get to know the Israel that exists outside of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and because of the variety of trips, you will be able to say that you really got to know Israel as a whole during the program.
On the overnight trips, you will get to enjoy the country's fantastic geographic diversity and breathtaking natural beauty, while also touring fascinating historical and cultural sites. The trips focus primarily on getting to know the land of Israel, with hiking and camping trips that are accessible for all skill levels. And since most of our participants have already been on Birthright, you'll get to go off the beaten path, to the places where Israelis go to travel.
You'll also have monthly day tours. An extension of the study program, the day tours expose you to a broad range of sectors of Israeli society, and let you see up-close the issues facing them. You'll learn about many different issues from many different perspectives -- in past years we explored the many faces of Jerusalem; learned abut the experience of Israeli Arabs in the Galilee; we visited a Jewish settlement in the West Bank; visited residents living on the borders with Gaza; heard about the complex issues surrounding Israel's Bedouin populations; and much more.
In addition to the overnight trips and day tours, you'll take part in cultural activities in and around Tel Aviv-Jaffa to get better acquainted with the culture and history of this remarkable city. Past cultural activities include seeing Israeli films, visiting museums, or seeing an Israeli theatrical or musical performance.