Q: What types of trips does GIVE EAST go on?
A: GIVE EAST’s touring takes you on a road trip from New York all the way down to Florida! On the way we hit hot spots like Cincinatti, Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, Montgomery, and Richmond. At each location GIVE EAST participants enjoy fun activities like banana boating, hiking, rafting, zip-lining, rappelling and more!
Q: What type of chesed is done on GIVE EAST?
A: On GIVE EAST, you do all sorts of community service – from working in soup kitchens and food pantries, to medical clowning in hospitals and packaging food for the needy. Work with disabled individuals and help rebuild schools in underprivileged and underserved communities.
Q: Where do we stay on GIVE EAST?
A: GIVE EAST is a traveling program. We stay in hotels in all of the cities, and in homes in the Jewish communities for each Shabbat.
Q: Is it a problem if I don’t know anyone else going on GIVE EAST?
A: No way! Before the summer starts, NCSY GIVE EAST launches a Facebook group to help you get acquainted with your fellow GIVErs. Your advisors will also call to introduce themselves. Many girls go on GIVE EAST without knowing anyone, but everyone leaves the program feeling like a part of the GIVE EAST family.
Q: How many girls go on GIVE EAST?
A: GIVE EAST is a one-bus program. In order to maintain a sense of camaraderie, we only accept 40 teens and five advisors. It’s sure to be one crazy road trip!
Q: If I go to public school, will I feel comfortable on GIVE EAST?
A: Of course, you will! The girls on GIVE EAST are incredibly warm and friendly. They come from all different backgrounds and create an atmosphere that is extremely open and accepting. There is no minimum requirement of Judaic knowledge, just an open mind and readiness to learn and grow.
Q: Is there a learning component to GIVE EAST?
A: GIVErs are divided into small chaburahs (learning groups) led by their advisors in a fun and interactive way. These learning sessions allow you to explore those topics that interest you. Every Shabbos we have meaningful sessions and Beit Midrash time where you can learn — either alone, with a friend or with your advisor.
Q: Will I be able to grow as an individual on GIVE EAST?
A: Yes! One of the unique things about chesed is that by giving back to others, you learn about yourself. On GIVE EAST, you quickly realize that by using all of your talents and gifts, you have the power to make a difference in the lives of others. What better way to connect to your Judaism than by learning how valuable you are as a member of the Jewish people!
Q: What is the staff like on GIVE EAST?
A: Each advisor on GIVE EAST has a unique combination of outstanding characteristics. They are incredible, cool, fun and down-to-earth girls who will always be there for you and are happy to help you with anything that you need.