You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.
How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from New York City. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Sofia. Learn more about our group flights
Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.
How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim
(counselors) from North America and from Bulgaria. They are joined by a Bulgarian tour leader, a bus driver, and a guard. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team
What's the summer weather like?
The weather in Bulgaria is hot, sunny, and mostly dry – especially in the southern part of Bulgaria. Day time temperatures can reach the 80s and 90s and evenings will be in the 60s. Rain is rare, but especially possible in the northern regions.
How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution we do travel with a guard in Bulgaria. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security
What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Bulgaria is 75 teens (including local European teens).
What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, etc.) should contact us in advance to make proper arrangements for the flight and during the program. Bulgarian food is in many ways similar to the food served in Greece and Turkey – tomato, cucumber and cheese salad, filo pastries (byurek) and stuffed vine leaves are among the shared dishes.
Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
For more information, check out our general FAQs.