- What is the weather like?
- Will I need an adapter?
- How much extra cash will I need?
- How should I dress?
- What are the accommodations like?
- How do I deal with jet lag?
- Is it safe to travel to the Mediterranean Region and the Holy Lands?
Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April - October) and generally mild winters (November - March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas.
Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions; hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.
Weather extremes range from occasional winter snowfall in the mountain regions to periodic oppressively hot dry winds that send temperatures soaring, particularly in spring and autumn.
Seeing that the majority of MMO programs involve travel to Israel, most of the information on this page pertains to those study programs. MMO will provide additional information to participants who are also traveling to other countries.
The electric current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz. Most Israeli sockets are of the three-pronged variety but many can accept some European two-pronged plugs as well. Electric shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may require adapters and/or transformers.
In addition to regular tourist-type purchases and daily lunch expenses ($8 – $12 per day), it is recommended that participants bring a 'slush fund' of about $15 – $25 per day for incidental spending (snacks, water, soda, maps, taxis, tourist guide books, etc.).
US Dollars and Credit Cards are fine. Participants may convert these funds into local currency at the airport (time permitting), at the hotels or at nearby banks. In Italy and Israel, ATM machines exist but are rare. At times they are difficult to locate, are not readily available during the program, and distribute only national currency.
It is recommended that participants not depend on ATM machines for their financial needs.
Casual dress is recommended such as lightweight pants/shorts and t-shirts (shoulders must be covered at all times—men and women). A lightweight hat is a must, preferably one with a brim that covers the neck and ears.
When in Israel, “modesty kits” are sometimes required. A “modesty kit” refers to pieces of clothing (for both men and women), which allow participants to make sure that their shoulders and knees are covered. For women: long pants, skirts, or capris and shirts that cover shoulders. For men: long pants and shirts that cover shoulders. “Slip-over” or “wrap-around” clothing is best for such occasions.
MMO will notify participants in advance when their “modesty kit” of clothing is needed.
The programs are priced at double occupancy; however, single rooms are available upon request for an additional charge. Please note that unmarried couples are not permitted to room together on MMO programs. An "Accommodations" page is available for each scheduled program, which provides a list of hotels, the dates of stay, and links to the hotel websites.
Upon arrival in Italy, the initial excitement may cause participants to overlook the strain on their bodies from the long flight and time changes. It is highly recommended that participants immediately begin to follow the sleeping patterns of the new time zone.
If participants arrive during the day, they should do their best to wait until evening before going to bed. If they arrive late at night, they should try their best to rise in the morning with everyone else. Also, participants should make sure to hydrate themselves with water after the long flight. Hydration is an important part of overcoming jet lag more quickly.
MMO constantly monitors the safety and security issues of the Middle East. MMO intends for every participant to enjoy a wonderful time of learning, fellowship, and spiritual development in a safe environment. Rest assured that MMO will make every effort to ensure the safety of its participants. The personnel affiliated with MMO are trained to assist and instruct participants in matters of personal and group safety.
While in the land, MMO monitors the situation each day and avoids any sites that may not be safe to visit on that particular day. Lodgings are located in safe, gated areas, with security staff. Almost everyone who returns from their programs remarks, “I never once felt unsafe.” Like any form of travel, though, there can never be a 100% guarantee of safety. Nevertheless, MMO has an excellent safety record.