Choosing The Trip That Is Best For You
Taglit-Birthright Israel works with a large number of Trip Organizers who are the ones that organize the
trip for you. All Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip Organizers have gone through an extensive accreditation
program. You will be asked to choose your Trip Organizer in order to register. All approved Trip
Organizers meet the logistical and educational standards set out by Taglit-Birthright Israel. Each Trip
Organizer is however unique and it is important that you choose the trip that is best suited to you.
The following is a checklist of questions that you may want to ask the Trip Organizers prior to your
choosing a trip:
1. SPONSOR AND PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
• What organization sponsors this program? What is the sponsor’s primary mission, ideology and
• What are the sponsor’s “teaching objectives” for the program? What components of the itinerary and
other aspects of the program are designed to accomplish these objectives?
• How comfortable am I with this sponsor?
2. THE GROUP
• Are the groups divided by age? What is the age range?
• How many participants (and groups of participants) will there likely be in the program? In each group?
Where do most of the participants come from? One city? One state/province? Nationwide? International?
• Is everyone from similar religious and ideological backgrounds?
• What is the staff/participant ratio? (Taglit-Birthright Israel requires 2 North American and 1 Israeli
staff per group of 40)
• Who are the staff? From North America? From Israel?
• How have the staff been trained?
• Can you get an itinerary prior to departure? Now?
• What makes this trip special?
• What are some of the unique modules/ program components on your trip?
• Are there formal classes? Scholars-in-residence? Special speakers?
• What amount of time will you spend with Israeli peers? What age are they? What is the ratio of North
Americans to Israelis? Where do the Israelis come from? What are s