Safety & Wellbeing

SUN SAFETY
The sun in Israel is strong and is often stronger than teens are accustomed to. Dehydration, heat stroke, and sunburn are serious concerns, especially in the desert.

These are some common-sense rules we employ whenever we go on hikes or whenever we will be outdoors for an extended period of time:

  • Wear a hat
  • No tank tops
  • Use sunscreen
  • Carry at least two liters of water
Teen Tip: Make sure you pack enough t-shirts; tank tops will NOT be allowed during the daytime. You will be asked to purchase more if you did not bring enough!

MEDICATION
Teens are responsible for carrying and self-administering their own medication. With the exception of over-the-counter treatments, our staff is not allowed to hold or administer prescribed medication, with the exception of an Epipen, and cannot be responsible for ensuring that prescribed medication is taken. If you have special requests (i.e. refrigeration requirements), please note them on your health forms. Teens are never allowed to share or dispense prescribed medication. Some medications must be taken at the same time every day. Please take into account the time difference and consult your doctor if necessary.

Nurse Tip: Teens may experience constipation while traveling. Some physicians agree that it may be beneficial to begin small doses of Miralax or it's equivalent prior to travel; consult your physician before travel if you are someone who experiences this common occurrence.

See our “packing for the trip” section for tips when traveling with medication.

VACCINES
Vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving. We recommend consulting with your physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

BBYO Passport requires its teens to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control.

Please review our immunization policy.

WATER
Proper hydration is essential during a program of this nature. You should be drinking at least two liters of water per day. You can expect that the staff will constantly be reminding you to drink, drink, drink! Ultimately, you must be responsible for this task. The water in Israel is properly treated and is perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available and inexpensive, and you will have many opportunities to purchase it. Similarly, you will be able to refill your own water bottles with tap water frequently. Teens will not be allowed off the bus without full water bottles.

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS
As a program, we take a number of precautions to reduce security risks. We travel on a private coach bus, we stay at accommodations with security, we plan our itineraries to avoid areas of concern, we always travel with an armed guard, and we are registered for monitoring through Israel's Situation Room.

We also ask our teens to follow some basic security-related guidance as follows:

  • Be aware of suspicious objects. Be aware not to leave behind personal items that may be confused with a suspicious object.
  • Stay together as a group. This is a supervised program, and we depend on our teens to stay together as a group at all times.
  • Follow staff instructions. In addition to traveling with a guard, we travel with licensed guides who are trained in security procedures, and we depend on everyone following their instructions.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Our emergency phone number is 202-643-2296 and is handled by one of our team members. A BBYO staff member in North America will be answering emergency calls 24-hours a day. Please only use the emergency phone number when there is an emergency as described below:

Emergency Situations

  • Family health emergencies
  • Urgent medical or safety situation

Non-Emergency Situations

  • Concerns about fatigue or social adjustment
  • Requests for flight extensions
  • Requests to be featured in photos
  • General security concerns (email updates will be sent in such scenarios)

Non-emergency issues should be communicated to the North American office, open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST. Simply call 202-537-8091 or email [email protected].