Q: How much Does the trip cost?
A: Trip costs $1000 USD, this cost includes accommodations, transportation and activities throughout the trip. Cost of air-fare to Erbil is not included.
Q: Is there an age restriction?
A: Age required for the trip is 18-40.
Q: How many people do you select for the trip?
A: Due to accommodations while touring, we are only able to have maximum of 32 people.
Q: Is this only a once a year trip?
A: Yes, this is currently a once a year trip.
Q: Are there any vaccine requirements?
A: No vaccine requirements, although vaccine and testing requirements are subject to change, we follow public health guidance and will keep applicants updated.
Q: How long is the trip?
A: Trip is 2 weeks long.
Q: How is the process like after an application is submitted?
A: Applications get reviewed by past participants and/or members of the Gishru team. Applicants are then contacted for further information or an interview.
Q: Is the deposit refundable?
A: Deposit is 100% refundable.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: All participants will be staying in either Assyrian-owned or managed hotels. During travel to remote villages, we will be staying in Assyrian homes.
Q: Do we have our own free time?
A: Yes, the Gishru itinerary does include 'free time', although this is subject to certain limitations
Q: Are there Visa requirements from Iraq?
Visas can be obtained upon arrival to Erbil, nothing is needed pre-trip.
Q: Do we have to read and write Assyrian in order to be able to apply/come?
A: Needing to know to read and/or write Assyrian are not required. Only requirement is being of Assyrian descent.
Q: What date is the trip happening?
A: March 25, 2023 to April 9, 2023
Q: How do we get around?
A: All transportation during the trip will be planned for and provided by Gishru. We work with our partner organization to secure Assyrian-run transportation. This includes pickup and drop off at the airport.
Q: What makes an applicant desirable?
A: We are always looking for those impassioned and determined to change the course of Assyria and those with a track record of service to the community.
GISHRU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that organizes and conducts humanitarian and educational trips for Assyrians born in the Diaspora to the ancestral Assyrian homeland