Posts tagged travel
Posts tagged travel
The time has finally arrived. Our Summer 2014 student applications are now live on www.projecttoal.org. Applications are due by March 15th!
Happy Thanksgiving! Where do you travel to this holiday weekend?
Trip of a Lifetime is a proud partner of #givingtuesday. Learn more about this great initiative at www.givingtuesday.org
Whether we recognize our affiliations or not, all of us are alumni. For me, I am an alumnus of Scarsdale High School, and will become one this upcoming May of NYU Stern, Marketing Society, and my MLK Honors Scholars program. Alumni networks have been valuable in my life, giving me the opportunity to meet new people and explore different opportunities.
One of the biggest questions we get from donors is the sustainability of the trips. With so many great causes, should giving students a two week travel experience even be a priority? While this is a valid concern, we disagree. Every year, our post-trip surveys prove the enormous impact each trip has. Students that go on trips are more likely to make a difference in their communities, start their own clubs, and become even more solidified on their path to going to college. In fact, every Trip of a Lifetime student to date is either in college, or is college bound. Instead of viewing this as a success and moving on, we are striving for even greater opportunities and results for our students.
Today, I am happy to announce the all-new Trip of a Lifetime alumni program. Our program incorporates best practices from throughout the sector and is centered around three main pillars: Empowerment, Engagement, and Entrepreneurship.
Empowerment - We have created a private online group for trip alumni to engage with each other throughout the school year. In this group, students can seek advice about their community service projects, voice their comments and concerns about the program, and stay up to date with leadership and social action resources provided by Trip of a Lifetime
Engagement - Trip alumni are encouraged to volunteer in their communities after their trips and their activities will be measured and by Trip of a Lifetime. Wherever possible, we will match students with other trip alumni and organizations willing to help. Alumni of the program (and current college students) can also apply to become a Trip of a Lifetime intern and learn firsthand how to grow, manage, and operate their own non-profit organization. Interested applications must apply at http://bit.ly/TOALInternship by December 1st!
Entrepreneurship - Although students are eager to be catalysts for change, we recognize that few have adequate resources at their disposal. Thus, Trip of a Lifetime is launching the Take Action Fund to distribute small grants to trip alumni who are starting their own volunteer projects in their communities. To learn more about the Take Action Fund or to submit an application, please email us as email@example.com
We are very excited for the launch of these initiatives and encourage you to stay updated through our Facebook Page.
Three days ago, I returned from my own “trip of a lifetime” of sorts. I just spent ten days in Israel on Taglit Birthright, a program for college students to explore the country and develop their own connections with Judaism.
Visiting Israel exceeded all of my expectations. In addition to visiting the traditional sites such as the Kotel (Western Wall) and Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), I also had the opportunity to spend five days with a group of eight Israeli Soldiers. In Israeli, every teen has to serve in the IDF, the Israeli Defense Force, so soldiers are just typical college-age students; they love to watch TV, go on Facebook, and even know Gangam Style and Honey Boo Boo.
Beyond enjoying American entertainment, the soldiers showed all of us the importance of persevering through adversity. Even though they live their lives in constant danger, soldiers have an unwavering pride for their country; many would give up their lives at home at the drop of a hat to fight on the front lines. Instead of blaming others for their past woes, soldiers are always focused on the future, fighting for the day when the whole region is at peace. Not every soldier always likes what is going on in Israel but they sure as heck love their country.
My trip to Israel is only one of many eye-opening experiences the Trip of a Lifetime staff has had. As a collective, we have been to six continents and over thirty countries including Scotland, Ghana, UAE, and Cambodia. Although we have reached the far corners of the globe, there is always something new to explore.
Experience wanderlust and expand your horizons while you still can.
Me in Tel Aviv