Jerusalem. Jesus. Joy (Israel)
In a Nutshell
Helping others is at the core of our mission. Surprisingly, Jerusalem is the perfect place to do so: underneath its touristic, modern day scene lies a warm heart that shines through dozens of meaningful projects. We have hand-picked one of the best ones- an opportunity to help at-risk teenagers, who are fighting daily battles on several fronts (educational, social, economic). We reach out to them at a critical period in their lives, and try to help by making a positive impact. The second focal point for this adventure will be an adventure trip to the Galilee that will lead us on the trail Jesus walked and the meaningful stops along his journey.
Jerusalem will serve as our starting point, and we will spend six days mentoring kids in a special therapeutic school and six afternoons and evenings exploring all that this larger-than-life city has to offer (holy sites, culinary delights, architecture, vibrant culture, etc.). On our way north, a stop in Tel Aviv will give us a first-hand introduction to the Israeli spirit of innovation and its miraculous outcomes. Then we will spend the next five days in the greater Nazareth area and the Sea of Galilee, where we will witness, and be inspired by, the places that were monumental in Jesus’ life and leadership.
Day 1, Saturday: Arrival into Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Transfer to a boutique hotel, located in one of Jerusalem’s most interesting neighborhoods, historically. Unwind and enjoy the sunset in front of the ancient city walls.
Day 2, Sunday: After a bountiful breakfast, arrive at the school located in the outskirts of Jerusalem for contributional work. Later that day, after a short but well-deserved rest, we will participate in an Israeli Hummus workshop.**
Day 3, Monday: Contributional work in the therapeutic school. At the end of the day, we will have a tour in the German Templer colony, in which our school is located, followed by a festive dinner in one of Jerusalem’s most vibrant avenues.
Day 4, Tuesday: Contributional work in the therapeutic school, followed by a culinary tour in Jerusalem’s most famous market, Machne Yehuda.
Day 5, Wednesday: Contributional work in the therapeutic school. After a break in the afternoon, a “Jerusalem in the Dark” tour will light up our nocturnal senses.
Day 6, Thursday: Final day of contributional work in the therapeutic school. After a moving farewell activity and a good rest, you will have the afternoon free to explore the area on your own and contemplate all of the experiences so far (Jerusalem is a great city for contemplation 🙂 )
Day 7, Friday: Goodbye Jerusalem! Big day with much to cover; hence, an early start. Before arriving to the Galilee, and in order to break up the drive there, we will stop in Tel Aviv, and learn why the locals call it “the State of Tel Aviv.” The anchor for this short stop will be a mind-blowing visit to the Israeli Innovation Center. The Center reveals one of the most important layers in Israel economy today- the Startup Nation- with Tel Aviv at its core. After a quick lunch, we will head to Mount Carmel, to a place associated with one of Elijah’s greatest miracles- El-Muhraqa (“the Sacrifice”). Upon arrival to the Galilee, we will settle into a cozy boutique hotel in Nazareth, and taste the local cuisine in a festive dinner.
Day 8, Saturday: After a great, relaxed breakfast, we will experience Nazareth city and surroundings: We will start with a cultural tour, focused on Nazareth’s history, culture, hidden treasures and present challenges. From the present, we will move back in time for a Biblical, multi-sensory experience, including a Biblical lunch. The super complex, super interesting religious layer of the city will reveal itself next: we will head to Mount Precipice first, and then visit the Church of the Annunciation, the Synagogue Church (where Jesus preached) and finally, the White Mosque.
After a short rest, a gourmet, Arabic dinner will conclude this full day.
Day 9, Sunday: Today (and the remainder of our trip) will be inspired by the “the Jesus Trail.” We will visit Zippori and its archaeological wonder, drive to Cana (the site of Jesus’ first miracle), Mount Tabor and the Basilica of Transfiguration. Then we will visit the Lavi Forest and nurture it by planting our own trees. After this exquisite experience we will arrive at the Sea of Galilee. We will spend the night at an inspiring, tranquil hotel on the lakeside.
Day 10, Monday: This day will be anchored in the Sea of Galilee, with its grace and historical significance. A view of the lake and the Karnei Hittin volcano, from the top of Mount Arbel will ignite our morning. We will then visit Magdala and the Ancient Galilee Boat Museum. Lunch and a mini tour in Ginosar, a genuine Kibbutz, will be humble yet inspiring. Inspired by the hard-working Kibbutz members(who live the paradigm of “the holiness of hard labor”) we will revive our contributional days and go back to being more than tourists. We will help clean the Jesus Trail, freeing it from one of the Devil’s new weapons- plastic and aluminum cans. This will definitely be one of the highlights of this special day. We’ve saved the best for last with a visit to Yardenit baptism site, and the option to participate in a ceremonial immersion in the Jordan River.
Day 11, Tuesday: Our last day will start with a bang- a first hand, super active (and wet) encounter with the Sea of Galilee. After a brief rest and an on-the-go power lunch, we will head to Megiddo’s Knoll, also known as Armageddon (…) to learn about past, present and future battles. This unique location, situated between the Jezreel Valley and Mount Carmel, will serve as a great venue for the end of our meaningful adventure. After a festive, early dinner we will spend our final night relaxing in our hotel on bank of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 12, Wednesday: Transfer to and departure from Ben Gurion airport (TLV).
- Location of the adventure: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, the Galilee, Israel (Multiple locations)
- Project length: 12 days
- Arrival & departure airport: Ben Gurion Airport (TLV), Tel Aviv
- Contributional work: Most of our meaningful contribution will take place in Jerusalem, at a unique educational and therapeutic institute. The institute works with at-risk youth from all sectors and neighborhoods in Jerusalem who have behavioral difficulties and/or learning disabilities.
Note: This program does not require any specific qualifications or experience. Your attention, warm heart and nurturing abilities are all that is needed. Having said that- if you have a affinity for cooking, gardening, sports, music or teaching English, do let us know.
- Number of Participants: This adventure requires a minimum of seven participants.
- Family Option: This project accepts families with children as young as 5 years old.
- Accommodations: Despite the variety of our accommodation options during this adventure, they do have a lot in common: each of them are tranquil, very unique boutique hotels with esteemed-yet-not-flashy-comfort (en-suites are equipped with air conditioning, WIFI, etc.).. perfectly blended into their surroundings in an eco-friendly way. Note: Specific accommodations are subject to change due to local conditions and project requirements but will be of the same high standard of comfort as those presented on this page.
- Food: Jerusalem & Galilee days- half board, with select complimentary dinners
- Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 emergency hotline, experienced local field team.
What’s Not Included
Flights, insurance, personal expenses, visa (if applicable).
- Basic level of English.
- Average physical fitness and sufficient heat endurance
Adventure Departure Dates
- June 15 2019
- July 13 2019
- August 17 2019
- September 14 2019
- October 26 2018
- November 16 2019
- December 7 2019
- Jan 18 2020
- Feb 15 2020
- March 14 2020
- April 25 2020
- May 9 2020
- June 13 2020
Adventure Cost : $3,500 USD