USY on Wheels
USY on Wheels is a cross-continental tour for Jewish high school students from all over North America which allows them to travel and live with peers, while providing abundant opportunities for developing independence and personal growth.
USY Israel Pilgrimage
USY Israel Pilgrimage gives high school students from all over North America the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Israel and Europe, taking part in a variety of fun, adventurous outdoor activities and engaging in interesting educational discussions, in order to gain a new appreciation, understanding, and love for the Jewish homeland and people.
All USY Summer Experience staff members must:
Staff are responsible for the health, safety, and education of the group. They live and travel with the teens for the duration of the trip.
In many respects, a USY summer travel staff member’s duties are similar to those of a camp counselor. Staff members need to be:
They must possess the ability to plan and implement programs relating to all aspects of Judaism and Israel education.
Unlike camp, however, there are no “specialists” on USY summer travel. Therefore, staff members are expected to plan and carry out many of these “specialties” such as:
Wheels staff members have various responsibilities including, but not limited to:
For example, during the course of the summer, staff members may have the opportunity to lead/teach religious services and sichot (study groups), as well as arrange meals, shop for groceries, coordinate sightseeing, and help out in other areas as needed.
Israel Pilgrimage staff members have various responsibilities including, but not limited to:
For example, during the course of the summer, staff members may have the opportunity to lead/teach religious services and sichot (study groups), and help encourage teens’ personal growth with regard to Jewish identity and Zionism.
Responsibilities may vary according to the Israel Pilgrimage trip; for instance, staff may lead Shoah-related sichot while touring in Poland, Prague, etc.
USY summer travel staff are expected to conduct themselves as role models in all that they do, since the teens we work with are at a critical juncture in their lives and may look to staff members for guidance and counsel. Staff members:
Five staff members travel on the bus with about 40-45 teenagers and a bus driver for the entire trip.
One of the five staff members is the group leader who, as a general rule, has had prior experience with the Wheels program.
USY offers six Israel trips. The number of participants per group is approximately 40-45, with:
* As a general rule, the group leaders have had prior experience with USY summer travel
All staff must complete a week-long staff training just before the trips leave.
Additionally, staff must have CPR & Basic First Aid certification (valid through August of the current year).
USY provides a small salary to be paid upon completion of the trip, along with all tour expenses. We do not cover personal expenses.
USY does not provide medical insurance, baggage or property insurance for summer staff.