It is highly advisable to set aside some time to help the group to recall what they have seen and share a few thoughts on these things, discuss them a little and reflect on their importance. Here are a few ways of doing this.
1. Briefly review the day by reading over the day you had, who you met and where you visited.
2. Explain that each person will be asked to speak about the day they have had for no more than 60 seconds. You will have a time watch and will give them a signal when they have 10 seconds remaining. Each person can talk about whatever aspect of the day they want, group dynamics, what impacted them the most, new things they learned or people who they found inspiring. No one else is allowed to speak when someone else is speaking.
The idea of this activity is to provide a safe forum for people to reflect to the group about how they are experiencing the trip and give them an opportunity to recall the day they have had.You can run this actibity in 2 groups if you don't have time to hear everyone. You can run this activity several times during the tour and it will become a kind of ritual whereby individuals use the group setting to express themselves in a positive way.
Eyes, Ears, Feet
1. make pictures of eyes, ears and feet and place them in a box or bag.
2. ask each person to take one - If they chose eyes they need to talk about something they saw which they found meaningful. If they chose ears, they need to talk about something they heard and if they chose feet, they can choose a place they visited to talk about which they found especially meaningful.
This activity just helps recall the day and the trip so far and is a great way to refresh memories of the trip so they don't get buried under the busyness of the itinerary.
Cutting up the Itinerary
1. Write up the itinerary and things you've seen in key words such as, Yad Vashem, Beach, lunch at falafel bar, Tel Aviv nightclub, Western Wall, Ben Yehuda Street, Haifa, Dead Sea, Soldiers,write each keyword around 6 or 7 times and cut them up. Do this 5 times.
2. Divide the group into 5 smaller groups and with each group sitting in a circle, scatter the keywords on the floor.
3. Give the group a few minutes to peruse the keywords on the floor and then ask them to choose 3 words which strike the strongest chord with them. If they can't find the word they want, it's ok to remember what it was.
4. After this invite each person to explain why he/she chose what they chose and why each had a special significance for them.
This activiy recalls the day and encourages the group to reflect on what they enjoyed.
Reflection activities, sometimes known as processing are an important part of group activities.
Just like a sponge which only has the potential to absorb so much, so too your Birthright participants cannot be expected to absorb ten crazily busy days without making a little room!
Imagine what a standard day entails. From the moment each days begins the group experiences awesome sites of history, culture, politics, religion and nature not to mention the swirling emotions that go along with a group tour.