Poland Trip FAQs
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE POLAND TRIP?
Jewish students age 18-26 are eligible to apply for the trip. Preference is given to students currently enrolled at Georgia schools (UGA, GA Tech, GA State, KSU, Oglethorpe), but other individuals may also apply. Please contact Rabbi Shlomo Gelbtuch if you have questions regarding eligibility, on 404-917-3965.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TRIP?
The main requirement of the trip is full participation in the activities, classes and programs on the trip itself. Participants will also be required to attend 2-3 information sessions/classes preceding/following the trip (details TBA).
WILL THERE BE SECURITY ON THE TRIP?
Yes. We will have an armed security guard with us 24/7. He/She will constantly be in touch with local law enforcement and will keep us up to date on any potentially dangerous situations. We’ve worked with this company before, and are happy with their service.
DO I NEED A VISA?
No, you do not need a visa to travel on this trip. We will be there as a tourist group and as such, are not required to obtain visas. You do however, need a valid passport.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE? WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
The weather in Poland in December can vary from quite cold and wet to very cold. Bring some sweaters, layers and thermal underwear! An insulated winter coat is highly recommended, along with a warm hat, gloves, scarf and confortable boots. Please also bring some nicer shoes and clothes for Shabbat.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO VISIT WHERE MY FAMILY IS FROM?
We’re happy to try and stop in hometowns of family members. That being said, we cannot accommodate everyone on the trip as we have an already busy schedule. If you have family history in Poland, we highly recommend that you do genealogical research so that you’ll have the best chance of visiting places dear to your family. A website that has proven to be a useful resource for past trip participants is that of Virtual Shtetl. Please send as much information as you know about your family’s Polish past to your local rabbi, who will then relay that information to us so we can try and include it in the itinerary.