Today I am recalling a question put to me by a visitor on one of our LeSEA tours a few years back – “What do kids do here in Israel when schools out?”
For those who don't fly of to the States or Europe, there are a few options out there – mostly summer camps that promote some form of focus on a specific things of interest.
Depending on where one lives, the environment and facilities nearby pretty much determine the local options. For example; in Tel Aviv along the coast there are numerous sports camps, oceanography, or theater.
Here in Jerusalem, there are camps for art, archeology, and dance. Outside the cities there are kibbutz themed camps where kids experience a communal life centered around agriculture, desert life, or life in the lusher northern part of Israel.
This is also a time of year when many Jewish young people from other countries come to Israel to experience it. Buses haul them from place to place as they soak up the sun, culture, and history. Many of these programs funded – and thus are free to the participants. It's a pretty incredible deal as they are flown over, housed and feed. All have a good time, but some people believe they haven't actually seen 'the real Israel'.
But in this small country of so much cultural and physical diversity, one can find just about whatever they want if they are willing to travel for it. Call it a melting pot of people, or a microcosim of humanity – it's a special place! Come and check it out – go to leseatours.com for more info – and see you here, in the Holy Land!
Middle East Correspondent