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Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Student of the Week – Josh Smith

I chose to come on a gap year because after a couple of intense years of school combined with Covid, I decided I wanted to take a break and do something a little different. I wanted to come to Israel because as an important and complicated part of my Jewish …

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Weekly Updates – January 20, 2022

Shalom Parents and Students! We are already starting the second week of the semester, and our students are feeling more like locals and becoming more familiar with their neighborhoods and their weekly schedule. This week, our students experienced their first Tuesday Tiyul (exciting!) and participated in bonding activities to help …

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Weekly Updates – January 13, 2022

Shalom Parents and Students! Spring Semester has officially started! We welcomed more than 200 students from all over the world, and look at that – they are already touring their neighborhoods with their madrichim, going through important orientation sessions, and getting to know their new best friends. Want to see …

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Jillian and lulu from florentin! Looking wonderful ladies

The Aardvark Monthly – December 2021

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, These were the last weeks of Fall semester, and we could not have had a better semester. Our students are now on their winter break and will get back to us next week already along with the new students joining in for Spring (Yay)! …

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Alumni of the month - sophie harris

Alumni of the Month – Sophie Harris

My name is Sophie Harris and I am from San Diego, California. I was on Aardvark Israel last year, of Fall 2020/spring 2021. After having the absolute BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE, I completely fell in love with Israel and decided to move here! I am now currently living in …

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Professional and personal growth

About professional and personal growth – Shayna Dash

My time on Aardvark Israel is exactly why I choose a gap year. While on Aardvark, I have not only gained real work experience with my internship but also gained independence and lifelong friendships. Aardvark gives us the ability to learn about Israel and form deep connections with the land. …

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Hannah, gailen, alex, josh, zac, and jake from florentin and jerusalem

Weekly Updates – December 30, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was the last day of our Fall 2021 semester. Our students reflected on their experiences and got the chance to see all they have accomplished and how they’ve grown. Each group participated in closing activities together. The students took the time to write something …

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Julian frucht

Student of the Week – Julian Frucht

When I first thought about taking a gap year, it was mainly because of the fear I had that college would be altered by Covid, so I wouldn’t get your normal “freshman experience”. What ultimately led me to take a gap year was coming to the realization that this was …

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A futursic visit at lightricks, a high-tech company in jerusalem

Weekly Updates – December 23, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! This week our students had some closure moments, while they prepared for the semester to end, including spending their last days in their internships and volunteering. Jerusalem community students traveled to the Kotel tunnels and attended an end-of-semester party in the Moadon. They enjoyed a talent …

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Samuel spizzichino

Student of the Week – Samuel Spizzichino

I’ve lived in Rome all my life, and growing up I realized that the bubble I was living in was too small to achieve my goals. So I decided to take a gap year to experience a new culture, away from home, and meet people with different ideas than mine.I …

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Food rescuers

Food Rescuers

Food rescuers is an organization that collects products from restaurants and supermarkets and redistributes them to those in need. One of my roles at the internship is to help sort the fruit and veg to make sure that only good food is given away, not things that have gone off. …

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Levontin girls in beit she'an national park

Weekly Updates – December 16, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was a very emotional, though fun week for our students, as they got to go together to their last overnight tiyul for this semester! Our three communities (More than 150 students!) traveled to the north of Israel, to Beit She’an Valley. We started our …

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Student of the Week – Lila Goldstein

I chose to take a gap year because I was burnt out from high school. Especially after COVID hit, it was hard to be motivated and get excited about being in a rigorous classroom again so soon after graduating. Aardvark Israel was the perfect gap year program because it gives …

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Selah students by the ahava sculpture

Weekly Updates – December 9, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! This week on Aardvark Israel was very versatile. As most of our students will be staying here with us for another semester (yay!) some will be going back home at the end of December. For those students who are returning home after this semester, our partners …

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Save a Child’s Heart

I have had such a meaningful experience during my first-semester internship at Save A Child’s Heart. SACH is an organization that brings children with congenital heart defects from countries where they don’t have access to pediatric cardiac care and provides them with life-saving procedures here in Israel. My role at …

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Chaimes Daycare

Volunteering at Chaimes daycare for kids with special needs has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have had already two years of experience working with individuals with special needs and coming to Israel I really wanted to continue in that field of work. In such a …

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Adam Grossman – Leadership Seminar in Neot Kedumim

Yesterday, we were taken to a leadership seminar in Neot Kedumim. After splitting into two groups, we were taken around the nature reserve to undertake various activities centered around team building, communication, and cooperation. From herding cattle to obstacle courses, we learnt both how to effectively be part of a …

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Exploring israel for free

Exploring Israel for Free

During your gap year in Israel, you will soon discover that it can be quite an expensive country. However, even if you are on a shoestring budget, you will quickly discover that there is plenty you can do for free. Whether you are in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa or anywhere …

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Jerusalem’s ghost stories

Jerusalem Ghost Stories Part 2

If you enjoy ghost stories, then you will find that Jerusalem is home to plenty of material to feed your imagination. If you look back on this blog, you will find that we already have a post dedicated to Jerusalem ghost stories, but there are so many of them that …

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Liat, natalie and leah

Masa Year of Service

Dear parents and participants, Masa Year of Service is off to a great start!We met new friends, traveled and explored Israel and started our volunteer work. We’re happy to share with you some of these great moments and invite you to be part of our shared experiences. Tiyul (trip – …

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