Travel With AJWS

Pack your bags. Grab your passport. There’s no better way to ignite your passion for global justice than by traveling with AJWS to Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean.

Meet with extraordinary activists, journalists, academics and elected officials to understand the impact of AJWS’s international work. You’ll experience how people on the frontlines are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems—poverty, AIDS, violence, rape, and genocide—to transform their own communities.

Travel Opportunities

Experience social change in the developing world.


Study Tours

AJWS Study Tours are rare opportunities to witness grassroots change up close. Offered in partnership with Absolute Travel, each 7-10 day philanthropic adventure to Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean is led by AJWS President Ruth Messinger and goes beyond the bounds of traditional tourism. Together, we will explore how our dollars can reverse poverty and injustice and empower people to build a more just world.

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Global Justice Fellowship

The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a selective program designed to inspire, educate and train key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become activist leaders in support of global justice. The fellowship includes an 8-10 day educational trip to a developing country, during which participants witness the power of grassroots efforts to overcome poverty and injustice.

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Travel with AJWS to Cambodia January 2016

Join American Jewish World Service on an unforgettable trip to Cambodia, a fascinating emerging democracy with a painful and inspiring history. In this place of majestic geographic beauty we will meet with AJWS’s grassroots grantees working to forge a new, hopeful future.

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We were transported to these activists’ world of extraordinary bravery and complexity, and we walked away feeling that we had born witness to real change.

Suzanne Schecter

AJWS Study Tour to Burma, February 2015
I cannot yet tell people about my trips in a way that fully captures the emotional impact they have had on me, and perhaps I never will. But I will continue to find ways to articulate these journeys. Traveling to meet grantees is how I derive inspiration for my leadership at AJWS. Their work inspired me before, but once I saw it with my own eyes, it changed me forever.

Barbara Dobkin, AJWS Board Member

AJWS Study Tour to Thailand and Cambodia, 2005
After hearing the incredible stories and the journeys of AJWS’s grantees, I feel that it is essential that we advocate for the amplification of their voices and the recognition of their rights.

Global Justice Fellow