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More Passport Stamps for Teens - BBYO Expands Summer Travel Portfolio

October 24, 2008

In line with reports that teens today are bitten by the "travel bug" more than ever before (Associated Press – Younger Teens Taking More Exotic Trips – March 2008), BBYO has expanded its travel division to incorporate even more destinations for Jewish teens to travel in a safe, group environment. The new program is called Passport to the World (P2W) and grew out of BBYO's success with its Passport to Israel (P2I) program.

Passport offers teenagers a wide array of opportunities to explore the world through a Jewish lens in places such as South Africa, Spain, France, Austria, Holland, Italy, Greece, Panama, Costa Rica and, of course, Israel. With multiple departure dates throughout the summer and opportunities to mix and match different trips, Passport's menu can be uniquely customized to meet each individual's interests.

"Through our research and direct work with youth we understand that the world is becoming a smaller place to teens today," said Matthew Grossman, BBYO's Executive Director. "P2W has created meaningful experiences to meet their needs to explore and learn from the world around them."

More than 500 teens participated in Passport's 2008 offerings, which took participants everywhere from the cobblestone streets of Old Europe to the canyon's of Israel's Judean Desert to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Additionally, Passport had more Israel travel opportunities than ever before, with special tracks focused on leadership or the outdoors, as well as trip-extension options including community service and Israeli army training. Each trip provided a unique look into Jewish history and culture for the participants, and the opportunity to make lifelong friends with fellow teens from around the world.

"I feel so lucky to have taken the trips of a lifetime," said Stephanie Hirschl, a 2007 P2I alumna who returned this year to travel to Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Israel with Passport. "There's just something about traveling while you're young, surrounded by friends and exploring some of the most important places in the world."

P2W is open to Jewish teens of all backgrounds and interests. Membership in BBYO is not a requirement. For more information, please visit www.passport2theworld.org.

Interested in staffing a P2W trip?

BBYO is now looking for prospective staff members for the upcoming 2009 Passport Experiences! Staffing an international travel program is a wonderful opportunity, and can thus make for a very competitive process! Staff must be at least 21 years of age and have completed four years of college by the start of the summer. The process provides for two application deadlines – the first at November 1, 2008, and a second at December 15, 2008. To fill out a staff application, please click here.

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