Big idea summer plus
SUMMER | 2 MONTHS IN AMERICA

USA Plus Summer Camp

Add to your Israel experience with a summer working with American youngsters in a Jewish summer camp! Plus, start off your trip with a six day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Ideal for students from Australia, South Africa, Europe, and South America.

Go to America for camp

In addition to enjoying all the wonderful core components that the Aardvark Israel programs offer, participants in our “Plus” Programs will have the summer of a lifetime in the United States while working as counselors and specialists at a Jewish overnight camp. While at camp, participants will be immersed in an environment infused with the richness of Jewish life in a rustic and beautiful setting, and engaged in a broad range of programming and exciting activities.
  • Fly to the USA in mid-June
  • Kick-off your trip with a 3-day tour of New York City and a three-day tour of Washington, D.C
  • See a Broadway play, tour major monuments and sites, and more!
  • Head to camp for one week of orientation and staff training
  • Jobs may include teaching sports, arts, nature, swimming, cooking, or other specialty areas, or serving as a bunk counselor (madrich/a)
  • Placement will be made based on personal interviews directly with the camp director in November and December
* Final acceptance to the camp portion of the program is contingent on the approval of the camp director.

NJY Camps, Our Partner

The Aardvark Israel Plus Programs are run in partnership with the NJY Camps, one of the United States’ premier Jewish camping organizations, with seven camps clustered at two locations serving children, families, and seniors. The camps draw more than 4,000 campers each summer from numerous communities, primarily in the New York-New Jersey region.

The NJY Camps offers the highest quality overnight camping experience in an environment infused with the richness of Jewish life. With an extraordinary range of comprehensive programming, the NJY Camps offers a welcome place for a broad spectrum of Jewish children—from across various denominations, interests, special needs, and backgrounds.

The NJY Camps seek to help each and every camper develop and grow new skills, greater self-confidence, and a strong Jewish identity and commitment to our heritage that will help shape the course of their lives.

Learn more about the NJY Camps.

Big idea summer plus
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China

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Travel east and learn what “made in China” really means! The world’s third biggest country with the largest population, China is a true amalgam of peoples, flavors, and landscapes. Among the most ancient cultures (along with the Jews!), China has been documenting its rich history for more than 3,000 years.
Czech republic

Czech Republic

Fall Semester — 5 Days

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Ethiopia

Spring Semester — 5 Days

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Germany

Spring Semester — 5 Days

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Italy

Spring Semester — 5 Days

From art to food to politics, Italy’s impact on the world has been immense. A place of olive oil, pasta, wine, mafia, sunshine, Roman ruins, and Renaissance palaces, and a centuries-old Jewish community, Italy is one place you can never forget!

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“It is spiritually and ethically unacceptable that millions of people in our world don’t have sufficient nutrition, clean water, housing, basic health, or education. This reality can and must be changed.” ~Tevel B’Tzedek, Aardvark’s Israeli partner organization for the Nepal Cultural Exchange program.

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Poland

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For centuries, the Jewish people had a vibrant religious and cultural life in Poland until the destruction of the community in the Holocaust. This trip will explore that rich history, understand its eventual destruction, and also look at the re-birth of the Jewish community and of Poland itself.

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Spain

Fall Semester — 5 Days

Today, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. From its wacky architecture to its vibrant sidewalks to great Rabbis and to great tragedies, the region of Catalonia is a great destination for learning about the Spanish Jewish community, which experienced both a Golden Age and a brutal inquisition.

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USA Plus Summer Camp

Spring semester — 2 Months

Combine your experience in Israel with a summer working at an American Jewish Summer Camp (particularly relevant for non-American participants). Start off the trip with six days exploring Washington, D.C. and New York City!