A group of 44 UVA Law students (and one UVA Batten School of Policy student) spent a week touring Israel with iTrek education tour guides. The goal of the trip was to provide future lawyers with a unique opportunity to experience the country in all of its complexity.
“I had heard great things about iTrek, so I had high expectations,” said one of the students, “and the trip was even better than I thought it would be”. Students were especially surprised by how knowledgable and engaging their iTrek tour guides were.
During their week-long trip to Israel, UVA Law students visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is the location of the burial of Jesus Christ, and then the Western Wall before moving on to Bethlehem.
In Bethlehem, they toured the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus Christ was supposedly born. Students also took a dip in the Dead Sea and visited the Syrian border, where they learned about the Druze people, a religious minority from these parts.
Most importantly still, they visited the Supreme Court and met with Justice Grunis LLM ‘72, which gave him a different perspective on the country’s legal system and mechanics of the court. The week-long trip ended in Tel Aviv, from where students traveled back home.
Since iTrek is known for its holistically educational travel experiences, UVA students were expected to pay attention, process, and discuss what they’ve seen during their trip to Israel, which included not only legal, but also religious, historical, and cultural elements.