Step 1: Call the Experts (It’s never too early to begin your planning. Ideally you should begin at least one year in advance)
We will help walk you through the process of planning your trip. Our team will provide the guidance, tools and questions you need to create the right trip for your community. We don’t push a standard trip – we work as your partners.
Step 2: Brainstorm with friends
Get a small group of people together (3-10) to consider the idea of an Israel trip.
What is the goal, theme or purpose of the trip?
- General trip
- Bnai Mitzvah Trip
- Theme Specific (social justice, politics, leadership, professional development, fundraising, spiritual connection with the Land, historical focus, pluralism, interfaith, multifaith, etc.)
Step 3: Bring a friend & have them bring a friend
It’s time to generate some enthusiasm and excitement. Hold an informational meeting, mention in sermons, hang posters, include ad in newsletter, mention at board and committee meetings, have an evening of Israeli culture (movie, music, food & fun!)…
Step 4: Time for some serious planning
Complete the Israel Planning Document and discuss with the Experts.
Step 5: Leave it to the Experts
Review your planning document and wish list with Experts so they can create a first draft itinerary for you. We’ll work closely with you to tweak the program to ensure it meets your educational goals, timeframe, and budget.
Step 6: Flights – book early!!!
It can be very frustrating for everyone if you work on an itinerary, make plans, and then find that flights are booked on the days you want to travel. It can mean reworking the entire itinerary – and may exclude some of those planning to come on the trip. Our travel professionals are happy to assist with flights.
Step 7: Marketing & Registration
We’ll provide templates for flyers, sample registration forms, and lists of all the important details. If you wish, our affiliates can handle the entire registration process for you online. With the final itinerary you will receive final pricing, details of deposit requirements and cancelation policies.
Step 8: Programming & Preparations
We can arrange for one of our Israel Education and Travel professionals to come to your community to help in all kinds of ways. We’ll answer questions, address concerns, and help generate even more excitement in anticipation of your trip. Some of the pre-trip meetings we recommend:
- Logistics meeting (travel details, packing list, safety & security, medical insurance, travel insurance, trip extensions to Europe, Jordan & elsewhere…)
- Israel update – review of the current issues in Israel including politics, pluralism and culture.
- Educational Programing – we can work with participants, leadership and/or teachers to explore how to increase the impact of the Israel trip in your community through creative, qualitative programming. We view pre- and post- programming as one of the keys to a successful trip.
Step 9: On the Ground
Throughout your trip you benefit not only from our quality, fully licensed, English speaking guide, but also receive 24/7 support from the entire IsraelExperts team. We work hard to ensure quality programming and smooth logistics.
Step 10: Bringing Israel Home
The Experts will continue working with you on post-trip programming – and advance planning for the next Israel travel opportunity for your community. We’ll help you develop a long-range plan for Israel travel to help ensure a variety of experiences for the variety of people in your community. A long range plan not only helps to ensure different types of experiences, but also helps members of your community to plan ahead. Finally, it helps your community build an even stronger connection to Israel.