Study Tours

There's no better way to understand the world than by seeing it with your own eyes. Travel with AJWS on a Study Tour in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean to witness the root causes of poverty and injustice and experience how AJWS is improving the lives of millions.

AJWS Study Tours are unique opportunities to witness grassroots change up close and go well beyond the bounds of traditional tourism. Each philanthropic adventure, led by AJWS President and CEO Robert Bank, gives current and prospective major donors the opportunity to see how their support is strengthening local activists and communities in their fight for human rights.

Throughout each powerful tour, participants meet with AJWS grantee partners; hear from journalists, academics and elected officials who bring history, culture and politics to life; and visit important local sites. AJWS Study Tours bring likeminded philanthropists together to explore how their support directly empowers people to stand up against injustice and build a more just world.

For more information about upcoming Study Tours, please email studytours@ajws.org, call 212.792.2800, or contact us below.

Current Programs

There are currently no upcoming trips for this program.

What People are Saying About Study Tours

Serious study, travel and talk was seamlessly melded with opportunities to experience great beauty, to eat wonderful food and to have fun with new friends. If travel is about seeing with new eyes, then I have traveled well.

Marvin Krakow

AJWS Study Tour to Thailand, 2013
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, 2015
We didn’t know what we were in for, and our expectations were exceeded beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks to you all for making this trip so meaningful and special.

Sandy Abramson

AJWS Study Tour to India, 2012

Study Tour FAQs

Thank you for your interest in AJWS Study Tours! Below you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question not addressed below, please contact studytours@ajws.org.

  • What are the goals of the Study Tour program?

    Study Tours are designed for current and prospective major donors to see the impact of their support to AJWS in an immersive, meaningful way. It’s our hope that once you see how AJWS’s grantee partners are changing lives in the developing world, you will return a stronger advocate for AJWS’s work—more committed to AJWS’s mission of promoting global justice and more engaged in issues of international human rights.

  • What are the standards of accommodations?

    We stay in four and five-star hotels, when available, or the best hotel in the area.

  • Can you accommodate someone with dietary restrictions?

    You will experience a range of dining experiences on the Study Tour, from top restaurants to traditional meals prepared by our grantee partners. We offer kosher-style and vegetarian options at all meals and do our best to accommodate any special dietary requests.

  • Will I have time to sightsee and shop on my own?

    While most of our time is devoted to visiting AJWS grantee partners throughout the country and hearing from guest speakers, we do carve out time for touring in each country. Additionally, on longer trips, we offer the option on Saturday for touring or relaxing at the hotel.

  • If I want to see more of the country or region, can I extend my trip?

    Some of our Study Tours include an optional extension that takes participants to visit another exciting part of the country or region, such as a multi-day safari in Africa or visiting India’s Golden Triangle to see the Taj Mahal. AJWS’s partner travel planners are happy to help you arrange any additional trips or excursions before or after the Study Tour.

  • Is it safe to travel to “x country”?

    We do everything we can to ensure your trip abroad with us is a safe and pleasant one, including conducting scouting trips to countries we have not traveled to before and consulting with private travel safety and security experts. However, travel to the developing world will always have a certain degree of risk not found in travel to Western countries. You should consider your personal level of comfort carefully before choosing to join a Study Tour. We strongly recommend reviewing the US State Department, CIA, and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for travelers prior to registering for your trip.

    US State Department: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html
    CIA: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
    Center for Disease Control (CDC): http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

  • Is the study tour physically demanding?

    While trips do not include hiking or prolonged periods of exertion, our days are often quite full. Common activities on a Study Tour include walking tours, at times on uneven or unpaved ground, and bus rides of 1-3 hours. Participants should be able to withstand warm weather and must have prior approval from a physician in order to travel with us.

  • What are the health risks of traveling to a developing country?

    The health risks vary by country and can be minimized by taking the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommended vaccinations and medications for the particular region you will be visiting. Prior to traveling, you should take time to discuss the CDC’s recommendations with your health care provider. Additionally, you will need your physician’s written approval prior to traveling with AJWS.

  • What happens if i need medical care while traveling?

    Your health and safety while abroad is our top priority. Travelers will be reimbursed directly by AJWS’s travel medical insurance provider for basic medical expenses they incur while traveling abroad with AJWS. This includes emergency dental, hospital and doctors’ fees, and drugs prescribed abroad. It does not cover routine medical care. For more information about coverage and reimbursement process, please contact Julie Reyburn at jreyburn@ajws.org or 212-792-2914. Travelers requiring more robust coverage should secure their own travel medical insurance.

  • Can I go on a study tour if I have health problems?

    Participation is contingent on your ability to be covered under AJWS’s international emergency medical and evacuation insurance policy with Global Rescue. Global Rescue requires all travelers above the age of 75 to submit additional documentation from their health care provider before guaranteeing coverage. Please consult AJWS staff at studytours@ajws.org or 212.792.2800 to confirm your eligibility prior to registering.

  • What is the average age of participants?

    Participants typically range in age from 30s to 80s.

  • Is there an age limit?

    There is no age limit for participants. However, participation is contingent on your ability to be covered under AJWS’s international emergency medical and evacuation insurance policy. If you are over the age of 75, please consult AJWS staff to confirm your eligibility prior to registering.

  • Can families with children go on a study tour?

    Our standard Study Tours are not geared toward families traveling with young children. If you are interested in traveling as a family (with children ages 15 and above) please reach out to Stefanie Rubin at srubin@ajws.org.

  • Is it possible to organize a private study tour for my family or friends?

    Yes! Please contact Stefanie Rubin at srubin@ajws.org for more information.

Contact Us

For more information on one of our upcoming departures, please complete the form below or e-mail us at studytours@ajws.org or call us at 1.212.792.2938.