“I really the enjoyed the extension program because it exposed us to new narratives and perspectives. It introduced us to issues within Israeli society that we didn’t get to touch on our Birthright trip. We spent our time in south Tel Aviv, home to many asylum seekers from North African countries like Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. We met a girl our age who fled war in Sudan and crossed the Egyptian border illegally and is now seeking citizenship. Hearing her story was very inspiring and made me feel extremely grateful for living safely in a country free from persecution and war..."