About YIRA Trips

International trips are YIRA members’ opportunity to travel all over the world. Every year, YIRA organizes, funds and administers several international trips, which give members the unique opportunity to travel to places all over the world. The trips are an opportunity for members to experience international relations and global affairs first-hand. Trips are run during Winter Break in and during Spring Break. Each trip generally has 6-8 members, including two Trip Leaders, who spend several weeks beforehand organizing and planning the trip. In the past, YIRA members have run a diverse range of trips; any trip bearing some relevance to international relations and global affairs is considered. To learn more about a sample YIRA trip, please read about the 2017 YIRA Spring Break trip to Central Europe, which studied Roma community-building and activism.

Frequently-run trips include

Election-monitoring trips: YIRA is one of the only student-run organizations to run election-monitoring and election-observing trips, including past trips monitoring elections in Haiti and Honduras.

Political/investigative trips: These trips focus on exploring particular political issues through meeting with prominent political leaders, civic and youth groups and NGOs.

Community service trips: These trips focus on development issues and members generally participate in grassroots community service activities, such as home-building or visiting local NGOs.

Winter break trip applications now open!

Egypt: Sustainable Urban Innovation, Past and Present 

Led by Deena Mousa and Simon Cooper, this trip is designed to provide Yale students with the opportunity to learn from Egyptian innovators on working toward a more sustainable urban infrastructure in both Cairo and Fayoum, located in a county on the frontier of bottom-up approaches to sustainable living. We will gain an improved insight into urban sustainability through conversations and on-the-ground interactions with Egyptian locals that will demonstrate the challenges and solutions in Cairo on the fronts of renewable energy and urban infrastructure. Participants will also be given the unique opportunity to interact with the locals of Cairo and Fayoum through actively helping to install solar-powered water heaters in homes without access to hot water, thus contributing to positive change for members of the Egyptian community. Apply here!

Indonesia: Multicultural from the Start 

Led by Susie Beyl and Kellen Silver, this trip is designed to be firm in structure, with guiding research ideas and pedagogical layering, and flexible in content, with the goal that conversations, cultural observances, and on-the-ground exploration will define the questions we ask and how we answer them. Across three culturally distinct cities, we seek to understand how people in Indonesia today form their identities in a historically multicultural place. Indonesia has always been multicultural, long before anyone was talking about globalization. We seek to engage with Indonesia’s rich linguistic, religious, and ethnic diversity with this tradition in mind. Through active questions, informed observations, and dedicated cultural engagement, we hope to bring a new locational, temporal, and historical perspective on identity formation back to Yale. Apply here!

Trip Spotlight: Sri lanks

YIRA’s Winter 2017 research trip to Sri Lanka, led by Annie Cheng and Joyce Ho recently premiered their takeaway documentary film Ecocentric which deals with the political and environmental ramifications of climate change as well as the measures being advocated to curb its worst effects. Check out the full documentary below!