When it comes to Israel travel programs for young North American Jews, diversity is key. It is essential that there is a robust selection of programmatic focuses among trips so that anyone, regardless of their interest, can find their place. This is especially true for teenagers.
Why? Because for teenagers, their fields of interest are an important part of their identity and who they’re becoming. For the first time in their lives, they’re developing a hobby or an interest and digging deeper. They’re building community with others who share that interest. Young adults view their passions as an extension of their identity, whereas for teens, their passions are their identity.
RootOne, the leader in the field of teen Israel travel programs, has carefully selected a diverse cohort of trip providers to ensure that every teen has a place to grow, thrive, and shine. Is your teen interested in sports? We’ve got you covered. An aspiring entrepreneur? There’s a group for that. A young changemaker in their community? We’ve thought of that, too. From social justice to technology, to history or outdoor adventure, RootOne is committed to maximizing the impact of teen travel to Israel by pairing each teen’s passion with unique, transformative experiences in Israel. And in exchange for completing 18 nekudot, or credits, via RootOne’s Early Experience learning portal before the trip, participants get a $3,000 Voucher to offset the cost, making the trip of a lifetime more accessible for everyone.
Teens today are growing up in an increasingly digital world. Where better for them to cultivate their own capacity for innovation than Israel? RootOne works in partnership with trip providers that offer experiences in photography, fashion design, animation, coding, and even robotics! For more active teens, there are opportunities for thrilling outdoor adventure, where they can immerse themselves in the stunning and diverse geography of Israel. Other RootOne affiliated trip providers offer summer experiences that bring teens with and without disabilities together, enabling participants to feel connection, inspiration, and growth all in one place. No matter which RootOne trip provider they choose, teens are guaranteed the hallmark Israel experiences such as hiking Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, and visiting the Kotel, all while making Jewish friends from around the world who share their same interests.
In addition to this diverse selection of trip providers, RootOne participants are also given the opportunity to foster meaningful peer relationships with Israelis their age. With the help of the Israeli organization ENTER Peoplehood, RootOne has implemented a pen pal-type program that matches North American teens with Israeli high school students who share similar interests for a series of one-on-one conversations. These cross-cultural dialogues are a unique part of RootOne’s programming, as they strengthen the connection that American teens have to the land, state, and people of Israel. Not only that, but teens returning home from RootOne affiliated trips have opportunities for continued engagement in Israel and in Jewish life, offered by their trip providers on local and regional levels and further complemented by RootOne on a national level.RootOne’s summer trips offer the opportunity to develop a passion, build character, explore educational programming, and add to an impressive resume for college applications and beyond. Whether a teen is passionate about nature or the arts, sports or social justice,, there is a place for them to explore their passions, make lifelong friendships, develop a deep and meaningful connection to Israel, and have fun doing it. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this summer and sign up for one of RootOne’s more than 50 incredible teen trips!