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Student of the Week – Leav Michaeli

I decided to come on a gap year because I felt like I wanted to come to college with a better sense of who I am, and what my interests are. I also felt like I wanted to come to college with a greater sense of independence and maturity. I …

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Student of the Week – Sam Rubinstein

I chose to do a gap year here because my first experience in Israel opened my eyes to just how great our homeland is. Immediately after coming here, I felt so connected and when I left, I knew I would do my best to come back as soon as I …

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Ichilov Hospital

My name is Liat Gelman, and I am volunteering in the Pathology department at Ichilov Hospital. Taking a gap year has been one of the best decisions that I have taken since leaving school and not knowing what to do nor having a direction. I am enjoying being part of …

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Student of the Week – Ruby Gimpel

After finishing high school during COVID I chose to go on a gap year to have a complete change of scenery from online school. In addition, I wanted to learn more about myself while being independent and exploring Israel.I found Aardvark Israel to be an amazing combination of structure and …

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Student of the Week – Adam Grossman

I chose to do a gap year because I was excited to spend a year living in Israel- not just as a tourist but living like a local. Aardvark Israel offered an excellent mix of fun activities, trips, and learning from internships & classes, as well as enough free time …

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Weekly Updates – November 25, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! We are a few weeks away from the end of the semester (oh no!) and our weekly routine forms a solid basis for our students, interning, traveling, studying, and volunteering. This week, our students traveled to a few very different cities in Israel – each one …

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Gabi, daniel, and benjamin from jerusalem having their own version of b'nei mitzva

Weekly Updates – November 18, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! Our students are keeping busy, and this weekend, we might even get our first rain here in Israel (finally!). On this week’s Tuesday tiyul, our Florentin community traveled to Beit Shemesh (a city where most of the people are Orthodox Jews). Zac Lovat told us about …

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Student of the Week – Sam Lynn

I found out about Aardvark Israel from my grandpa, his friend’s granddaughter did Aardvark and loved it! I did some research of my own and totally saw why someone would love this program! I really wanted to come to Israel after my last program (a semester abroad) was cut short …

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Daniel Matthys – Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Masada!

I came to Israel to grow closer to my culture and heritage. The opportunity to have a Bar Mitzvah on top of Masada was another part of this journey, and one I am glad that I took. It was awesome being able to have this experience with my friends Benjamin …

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Hannah Nahmias – Masada in the sunrise

Visiting Masada was challenging yet rewarding. We left early in the morning in order to watch the sunrise on the mountain. We took the Roman ramp up and the snake path down. We also had a great tour guide who explained to us the history of Masada. We visited an …

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Zac Lovat – Beit Shemesh – The glance to the religious sectors in Israel

In an attempt to discover more about the religious areas of Israel, the Florentin community was taken to the city of Bet Shemesh. To start, we questioned individuals who lived there to see their opinions on the city, of which many were mixed both favour and against the city.Afterwards, we …

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Ze’ev Gittleson – Be’er Sheva and Rahat – The Bedouin culture in Israel and its struggles

“Tuesday the 9th of November, 2021 was truly a wonderful experience for me. Traveling to Rahat with Aardvark was like entering a parallel universe. Hearing about the lives and experiences of two Bedouin Israeli women who defied the patriarchal restrictions and limitations imposed on them by their communities to pursue …

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Jacob weiser

Jacob Weiser – Sderot and Nativ Ha’Asara – Building bridges towards peace

It’s hard to imagine what these people who live near the Gaza border have to face everyday, knowing that day could end in tragedy. The day starts as a calm and peaceful day, when they are going around their daily business, when there could be a ‘Tzeva Adom’ (red color) …

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Nomi benus

Student of the Week – Nomi Benus

I chose to go on a gap year because I wanted to experience life in a different country and get a sense of Israeli culture before I start college. when I was searching for a program it was important for me to find a place where I can be independent …

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Student of the Week – Oreen Cohen

I wanted to do a gap semester to discover myself and explore new cultures and environments before settling down into a routine. I chose Aardvark Israel because this program offered the perfect balance between structure and free time. I’m able to do all the touristy things while still spending time …

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Student of the Week – Shauna Bernstein

I chose to go on a gap year because I wanted to take advantage of the amazing opportunities living in Israel would offer. I chose Aardvark Israel because my good friend from home went two years ago and loved it. I knew I wanted to live in both Jerusalem and …

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Student of the Week – Haley Slate

I chose to go on a gap year because I wanted to take advantage of this rare time in my life where I’m transitioning between being a kid and starting my adult life (career, higher education, etc.) I’ve heard gap years are some of the most transforming experiences and the …

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Student of the Week – Szymon Brzezinski

I chose to go on a gap year because I wanted to learn new things that I wouldn’t learn in college. I chose Aardvark Israel because I found it to be the best fit for what I wanted out of a gap year. Originally from San Diego, U.S.A Fun Fact: …

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Student of the Week – Talia Winiarsky

In high school, most of the time when I wasn’t in class, I was either doing extracurriculars or studying – by the time I graduated, I felt burnt out. Knowing that I will have a similar experience in college, I wanted to take a break and be exposed to other …

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Student of the Week – Seth Williams

I knew ever since my senior year of high school I wanted to take a gap year. It was important to me to add some excitement and change to my life. My mission for this year is simple: full send. I want to do everything I can to the max. …

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