International & Summer Experiences
International Experiences and Summer Leadership Programs
Join Jewish teens from around the world for the summer experience of a lifetime. Whatever you want to do this summer, BBYO Summer Experiences menu has the program to match your interests. Choose from a variety of international travel experiences throughout Europe, Central America, and Israel; develop your skills as a community leader as you make an Impact in Boston, Israel and Washington, DC; and strengthen your BBYO leadership at AZA/BBG member programs across North America. No matter which programs you choose, you will have the opportunity to explore Judaism like never before, participate in hands-on service, and make lifelong friends.
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Develop Leadership Skills
Gain the confidence to shape your BBYO experience. You will learn the elements of leadership that will determine your success, both in your chapters and beyond. You will return from CLTC with a more developed sense of self, an understanding of BBYO's mission, and the motivation and training to produce excellence in your chapter!
Experience an innovative and engaging environment, developing your leadership skills to a more advanced level. This experience is perfect for current or potential regional/council officers who want to improve planning, vision, and programming skills at home.
Your ideal place to discover your Jewish Identity and the Judaic bond that connects you to thousands of Jews around the world. Unmask the vast spectrum of Jewish thought, ritual, and culture by learning from top educators and Rabbis in a caring community.
Summer of Impact: An Activist's Adventure
Summer of IMPACT: An Activist's Adventure. See the World, Serve the World. Give back in a meaningful way. Summer of IMPACT is your opportunity to “give back” in a meaningful way, while living as a community with your peers in different locations around the world and participating in exciting cultural and enrichment activities.
Passport to the World
Join a BBYO Passport program and choose from four continents of summer exploration! BBYO Passport is your ticket to a hands-on journey full of new experiences, new friendships, and a new way of looking at the world.
Passport to the World is BBYO’s global travel program for Jewish teens of all backgrounds. The trips are open to BBYO members and non-members alike, and each program shares the same core elements – active touring, cross-cultural interactions, and meaningful Jewish experiences.
Passport to the World is BBYO’s worldwide summer travel program for high school-age Jewish teens of all backgrounds. BBYO Passport experiences include all meals, accommodations, touring activities, and medical insurance covering non pre-existing conditions. All programs to Europe and Israel include a round trip flight from New York City as part of the core tuition. BBYO Passport trips are staffed by a combination of licensed professionals and emerging young adult leaders – typically age 23+. Our teen/staff ratio is typically no more than nine-to-one. Finally, most groups range in size from 20 to 40 teens, and participants are assigned to age appropriate groups wherever possible.
What makes a BBYO Passport trip an exceptional way to spend your next summer? Read on...
BBYO Passport trips span four continents and connect teens with countries as diverse as Israel, Italy, Costa Rica, England, France, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, Gibralter, Holland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, and the Western USA. Each country has its own unique characteristics, and we encourage teens to consider trips that include travel to multiple countries, or even multiple continents, as part of a full summer experience with BBYO Passport.
Balanced Travel Experiences
BBYO Passport believes in providing a balanced travel experience. Although every trip is different, they all share the same core elements – active touring, cross-cultural interactions, and meaningful experiences with fellow Jewish teens. Most programs also include a community service component. Each day is eye-opening and full of fresh new experiences. Although each trip shares the same values, some trips have a particular focus on community service, outdoors experiences, or enrichment learning.
Jewish Teens of all Backgrounds
All BBYO Passport trips embrace pluralistic Jewish values and are designed for any Jewish teen with a spirit for adventure and a desire to experience the full color of the world. The program is truly non-denominational in outlook – which means that whether you come from a traditional Jewish background or a secular background, everyone feels welcomed on our trips.
Open to Members and Non-Members Alike
Passport programs are open community-wide to BBYO members and non-members alike. Typical trips are comprised of more non-members than members, which means that no one feels left out.
Traveling with Teens from Around the World
BBYO Passport trips draw teens from across North America and even around the world. Virtually all 50 United States and most Canadian provinces are represented in the program. Passport trips also draw many Jewish teens from Europe, Israel, and South America for a uniquely enriching cross-cultural travel community.
Build Your Own Summer Adventure
BBYO makes it easier than ever for teens to experience worldwide travel the way they want it. Travel experiences range from ten days to six weeks with a convenient schedule of program start dates every Tuesday from mid-June to late-July. Most of our Israel trips provide a 7-day extension options for an even fuller experience. Finally, many of our programs are modular -- which means that two individual programs can be linked together for maximum summer globe-trotting travel.