Program Summary

How much do you know about the Jews of Latin America? While the KIVUNIM gap-year program has brought students to Israel, Morocco, India, and other Jewish communities across Europe, Africa, and Asia, many of us in the United States are unfamiliar with our closest neighbors. Enter: KIVUNIM Americas. Beginning in Summer 2020, a group of young travelers will embark on an unforgettable journey to learn, explore, and develop connections in Mexico and Costa Rica. These intrepid students will not take classes from afar; they will have the chance to bond with their Latin American counterparts, reexamine their Jewish identities through a global lens, expand their intellectual horizons, and have a great time in the process. The participants of KIVUNIM Americas are building a bridge, connecting with communities across the Western Hemisphere.

READ MORE ABOUT: What Makes KIVUNIM Americas So Unique


Fast Facts

Duration: 4 weeks (28 days)
Start Date: June 25, 2020
End Date: July 23, 2020

Location: Costa Rica and Mexico
Goal: To travel, learn, and enjoy new cultural experiences alongside Jewish communities of Latin America


Participant Profile

  • 15-18 years old (high school student age)

  • Resident of the United States or Canada

  • Interested in a better understanding and a deeper connection with the Jewish community

  • Excited about an intense, impactful summer of travel

  • Ready to learn something new outside the comfort of a classroom


Trip Highlights

Starting in the Summer of 2020, KIVUNIM Americas will take travelers on a journey for 10 days in Costa Rica and 18 days in Mexico. Both countries feature a diverse itinerary: tours of historical villages and moments to bask on gorgeous beaches, visits to iconic synagogues, lessons about local artisans’ crafts, and real-life encounters in Spanish. For many of these activities, participants will be joined by other youth from Jewish communities — both in Costa Rica and Mexico.

A Few Selections from the Trip Itinerary:

Mexico

  • The magnificent Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, outside of Mexico City

  • The evocative Memory and Tolerance Museum — El Museo Memoria y Tolerancia — inside the capital

  • The majestic Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, an outdoor adventure in the State of Oaxaca

Costa Rica

  • The famous La Paz waterfall, featuring a rain forest with jaguars, pumas, and tropical birds

  • Manuel Antonio National Park, on the Pacific coast, rated among the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world

  • The only Jewish community center in the country, el Deportivo Israelita

Important Notes about the Trip:

  • The group will be comprised of between 15-25 participants and 2 full-time staff members, in addition to participants and staff members from our partners abroad.

  • All group meals will be kosher or vegetarian.

  • KIVUNIM Americas, as a pluralistic Jewish organization, observes Shabbat. That means the group will not travel from sunset on Friday night until sunset on Saturday.


COSTA RICA

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MEXICO

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