GISHRU is a life changing journey to Assyria dedicated to connecting Assyrians living in the ancestral Homeland with Assyrians throughout the Diaspora, preserving the vast Assyrian history, culture, and archaeological wonders, and ultimately, strengthening the Assyrian identity.
MORE THAN JUST A TRIP
Sure, we all like to travel and go to exotic vacation spots around the world, but where is the purpose in that?
With GISHRU, you get an adventure in your 7,000 year old homeland, participate and lead workshops and engage with local organizations making a difference in Assyria! No other place can simply compare.
FRIENDS, MEET FAMILY
GISHRU is all about life-changing experiences - born in the homeland. Yes, the sights of ancient ruins and monasteries, the picturesque landscapes of the plains and mountains of Assyria are indeed unforgettable.
But its the connections with your people, from school children to our elders, and of course your fellow participants that truly transforms the trip, and you. Its more than just friendship, we become family.
With newly forged connections and the wealth of knowledge and experiences from your vast excursions deep in the homeland, you have the understanding and resources necessary to become effective advocates.
Not a theory, but a practice. The majority of GISHRU participants, year after year, get involved in local and national efforts to address the Assyrian plight upon returning home.
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY
ROMY SHABO, 2013
The amazing days spent in Atra are consumed with rich Assyrian culture and history
shared with strangers who will later go on to become family.
MELINDA KHUBIAR, 2018
I connected with so many youth from Atra, everlasting
bonds that no one can ever change.
I thank you, GISHRU team, for changing my path
ARBELLA RASHO, 2014
I felt I had no connection to my Atra. It wasn’t
until this trip, that I really knew what it meant to call myself an Assyrian, and the responsibility that comes with it.