When I was a little girl I used to love listening to and observing my older cousins from that side of the family. It was better than a TV show. Actually, on the other side of the family there are just two "older cousins," and I'm one of them. We didn't put on shows at all, but we're still very close.
Birthright is a great opportunity, because most American Jews never make it to Israel, so coming on a greatly subsidized trip in one's twenties, when their future is unfolding is fantastic. My kids were disappointed that they didn't see their cousin, but everyone was busy with inflexible programs. If we had been able to have dinner with her, she would have met more of the family.
G-d willing she's be back and more cousins will come, and maybe some will even make Israel their home.