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The March of Remembrance and Hope is a partially subsidized program. The amount of subsidy varies and is dependent on demonstrated need. Actual cost for Canadian participants is $3,000 CDN. Please see the online application for subsidy information. Student contribution is determined during the application and interview processes.
You may be contacted by MRH staff to discuss your participation in the program and your financial needs. No applicant will be turned away for financial considerations.
Cost covers expenses in Toronto, Germany, and Poland, and airfare fromToronto to Berlin and Warsaw. Travel expenses within Canada are not covered, but limited financial assistance is available. Please see online application for further details.
The Dates for the 2017 March of Remembrance and Hope program are: May 15-24, 2017.
See Some Of Our Frequently Asked Questions Below
Q: What are the dates of the program?
In 2017, the dates are May 15-24 inclusive. This means participants must be in Toronto for orientation at 8 AM on May 15.
Q: How long is the program?
a. The program is 10 days, beginning with a one-day orientation in Toronto, followed by an overnight flight to Europe, 2 days in Berlin, 6 days in Poland, and one final day in transit back to Toronto.
Q: What is the deadline for application:
a. For the 2017 program, the deadline is January 6, 2017
Q: Do I need to provide references?
a. Yes, 2 references are required. One should be a faculty member at the university or college you attend, the other may be a faculty member or an individual who can attest to your leadership and commitment through paid or volunteer work. They will be sent a link to an online confidential reference form.
Q: I don’t live in the Toronto area. Is my travel to Toronto covered by the program fee?
a. No. The program fee includes International round trip air transportation Toronto to Germany, returning Warsaw to Toronto; Land travel in Germany and Poland, including airport transfers for group to and from hotel; Hotel accommodations based on shared rooms; Entrance fees to sites; Some meals (all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners).
If you live outside of the GTA, you are expected to make your own arrangements to get to Toronto for the orientation and international flight. Some subsidies are available to assist with airfares for those coming from a distance.
Q: What is not included in the program fee?
a. The program fee does not include the following:
Medical insurance for overseas travel (mandatory)
Round trip travel to/from Toronto. Limited financial assistance may be available
Tips for guides and drivers ($40 USD per person – two $20 USD bills preferred)
Visa to Poland, if required (Note: Canadian citizens do not require a visa)
Excess baggage charges if applicable (we encourage packing light!)
Alcoholic or specially ordered beverages with meals, laundry charges, telephone and room service charges, and other items of a purely personal nature
Any deviations from the program group flights
Q: Can I extend my trip if I wish to stay in Europe after the program?
a. Unfortunately MRH Canada is unable to offer deviations (i.e.: extensions) on the group flights.
Q: I have special dietary restrictions. Can they be accommodated?
MRH Canada is able to offer vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options while in Germany and Poland. Please discuss any other special needs with staff.
Q: Do participants to need to be Jewish or of Jewish heritage?
This is not a Jewish trip- although parts of the experience celebrate Jewish traditions, the organization is open to people from all different walks of life. When in Birkenau, participants are invited to participate in the memorial session and share something from their personal cultural or faith perspective. Knowing that the Jewish community was not able to practice their faith when under persecution, there is something truly special about being able to share in Shabbat dinner and other traditions in their honour.
Q: I don’t know much about history and I am not a history student. Can I still attend?
Absolutely! This experience is made to allow all disciplines a chance to learn and explore. Although some participants may come from a history background, the strength of the group comes from the diversity of perspectives. The webinars held prior to the trip ensures that all participants have enough background information.
Q: What is it like, travelling with a survivor? Will they tell stories and be open to questions?
Travelling with a survivor is such an incredible experience, one that does not come often. It is scary that we might be the last ones to hear their stories first hand, you feel truly honoured to be in their presence. Being able to visit memorials and camps with a survivor and hear first count stories and seeing their strength really brings a sense of emotion. Each survivor is different and their willingness to share may look different but participants are encouraged to connect with their survivor and ask the questions they need answered to understand.
Q: When you get back from the trip, what do you need to do as a participant?
What each participant does upon return can look different. Everyone is encouraged to explore ways that they are comfortable to share their experience - to find a way to let others learn about MRH and to start conversations about what is happening in our world today. With 30+ other participants there are so many people to bounce ideas off of and work with.
Q: Don't you cry all the time?
Although it is an emotional experience the way people react can be very different. What one person may cry experiencing another participant may not. In fact some people may not cry at all, and that is ok. Crying does not equal experience or impact. We all deal with things differently and it may not really resonate with someone until they return.
Q: Is the trip sad all the time?
No, a lot of the participants become very close through their experiences and will often at time go out together in the evening which really brings them closer. Although there are moments where people may feel sad there is also many moments where laughter and smiles are shared!
Q: Why would you go on a trip like this?
Why not? It is so important to have difficult conversations and to bear witness to our history. In our world today, hatred and genocide still occurs. As young leaders we need to be the voice of change. Hate can do so much damage to a community and understanding this through the Holocaust puts things into perspective.
Q: What is the most impactful part of the trip?
This can be different for everyone, what may be the most impactful for one may not be for someone else. Moments where a participant finds themselves reflecting on their own lived experience and recognizing the magnitude of destruction that occurred within Poland often serve as the primary moments of impact. Each participant needs to be open minded and to bring their full self to the experience. By doing so they allow themselves to take away as much as they can from this journey.
Q: What's it like being in Auschwitz?
Perspective is the word that comes to mind. Knowing you are standing on the grounds where millions of people were murdered is unsettling. This can be said about all the camps that the group visits- although each location looks different the impact of the actions that took place is the same. Auschwitz is set up somewhat like a museum which puts things into perspective for the other camps where at times there is nothing written to describe where you are. This is where our leaders and our guides are so helpful in being able to share with the group where they are and what had happened previously.
Q: Cost is a barrier for me, is there anything that can be done?
When applying to the program one of the questions asked of you is to share what you are able to pay. For participants that need financial assistance under a certain amount they have space to share that. The program does not want cost to be a barrier to taking leaders on the trip. The cost does include all transportation, hotel stays, entrance to memorials/museums, and most meals.