Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Who can apply?

Eligibility requirements:

  • Christian
  • 18-30 years old
  • Interested in experiencing  the land of the Bible in a fun and engaging way

 

2. What is the cost of the Call to Zion tour?

The cost is $1,590 USD.

 

3. Is airfare included in the cost

Every participant is responsible for purchasing their personal airfare, which is separate from the tour cost. 

 

4. When should I book my flight to Israel?

You should book your flight once you have paid your deposit and read the Call to Zion information package.

 

5. Do I need to purchase my own insurance coverage?

Yes. Travel insurance is NOT included with the tour package and so you need to organize your own travel insurance in your own country. This is essential! This additional coverage, which is recommended by Zealous, concerns baggage loss or trip cancellation insurance. This is to ensure that the individual is covered in case of an unexpected event, such as baggage loss or a canceled tour, and therefore the individual recognizes that Zealous 8:2 has made this recommendation prior to the tour, and will not be held responsible.

 

6. Do I need to speak Hebrew?

No. Although Hebrew is the official language of Israel the tour will be conducted in English.

 

7. Will I have a roommate?

Yes. It is three to one room. Otherwise, you may purchase a double or single supplement. 

 

8. Where will we visit?

Check out our tentative itinerary.

 

9. Can get baptized or rededicated in the Jordan River? 

There will be an opportunity for you to be baptized in the Jordan River. This is for anyone who has never been baptized before and also for those who would like to rededicate their lives to the Lord. If you would like to be baptized, we request that you get the blessing of your pastor (if applicable) before coming. If you know beforehand that you want to be baptized, we ask that you please let us know. This does not mean that you won’t be able to be baptized if you did not decide to do so beforehand.

 

10. Will I be picked up/dropped off at the airport?

The Call to Zion Tour includes an airport pickup and drop-off service. Zealous has arranged for all participants to be met by a staff member at Ben Gurion Airport on July 28, 2019. Plan your arrival for no later than 16:00 (4:00 P.M.) in order to make it to orientation on time. Likewise, there will be a shuttle running from the hotel to Ben Gurion Airport from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on August 9, 2018. Try to plan your departure within this time-frame.

 

11. Can I arrive before the official start date of the Call to Zion tour?

Yes, however, if you arrive before July 28th and/or depart after August 9th, please arrange your own accommodations and transportation for those dates. If you need assistance with this, please email us at Zealous@bridgesforpeace.com, we are here to help. 

12. Do I need a visa?

Most countries do not require a visa to visit Israel for less than 90 days. Check the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs visa guidelines document to see if a visa is required for your country.

 

13. What currency is used in Israel?

The Israeli currency is called “shekels”. One shekel is equivalent to $0.28 USD // $1 USD is equivalent to 3.65 shekels.

 

14. Is it safe to travel in Israel?

Safety in Israel is very different from what the news in your countries depicts. As a whole, it is one of the safest countries in the world to visit, literally. However, while on the Call to Zion tour, you will not be entering any of the Palestinian-controlled territories, particularly the Gaza Strip, Jericho, Hebron or Bethlehem.

 

15. What will the weather be like?

It will be summertime in Israel, so expect hot temperatures. It can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and places along the coast can be very humid.

 

16. What should I wear?

Bring shorts, light clothes, walking/hiking shoes, sandals, sunglasses, and a hat. At conservative sights, you MUST cover your shoulders and wear pants/skirts that go past the knee. We ask that knees and shoulders be covered while in Jerusalem, also. Girls, long wrap skirts or scarves can be very useful. Bring old clothes for the volunteer project where we could be painting, gardening, or doing other messy activities. We will also be working in the Jewish community to build relationships, so please don’t wear clothing with any symbols or slogans on these outreaches, as people may find it offensive. Dress must be “summer modest.” Modest length shorts and t-shirts are permitted. We will have a couple days in the desert where modest tank tops (no spaghetti straps) will be permitted. We will have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea as well as a day at the beach in Tel Aviv, so be sure to pack a swimming suit and beach towel.

 

17. Will I have access to an ATM?

Yes. You can use an ATM at the airport to withdraw shekels. After the airport, you will not have access to ATMs or moneychangers until Day 3 of the tour (Tiberias).

 

18. How much money should I bring?

We recommend that you have at least US$100–$150 (or the equivalent in shekels) when you arrive. This will cover at least the first four days (lunches and personal spending) in Israel if you do not choose to use a money changer or ATM at the airport.

 

19. Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

We try our best to accommodate every dietary need, however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all request.

 

20. When should I apply?
TODAY!