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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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Oreen cohen

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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Shauna berenstein

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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Haley slate

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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Talia winiarsky

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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Seth williams

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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Max gould

Student of the Week – Max Gould

Aardvark Israel has shown me how to handle myself much better than before. It is a good opportunity to mature as a person without the stress of school looming over you. It has forced me to make friends and work with my roommates to maintain a livable space. I enjoy …

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Keira hartman

Student of the Week – Keira Hartman

I wanted to go on a gap year because I wanted to experience Israel as a local and immerse myself in Israeli culture. I have always wanted to strengthen my connection with Israel and a gap year was an amazing opportunity to do that as well as meet other Jews …

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Yoav konstantino

Student of the Week – Yoav Konstantino

I joined Aardvark Israel because I wanted to take the opportunity to connect to Israel and my Israeli family. The chance to learn and intern in Israel while exploring the country seemed like an experience I would never forget. I am so excited to be here and can’t wait for …

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Ethiopian National Project

My name is Noa Isaacson, and I’m interning for Ethiopian National Project, a non-profit that works to integrate Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society and create equal opportunities for them in the workplace. As part of my internship, I’m working on ENPeople, a photojournalism project in which I photograph and document …

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Green course internship

Green Course Internship

My name is Haley and I’m a global movement building intern at Green Course. Green Course is the largest environmental activist non-profit organization in all of Israel. I’m so happy to be working with such an impactful group. As an intern at green course, my main project is to create …

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Weekly Updates – November 11, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! It’s the middle of the semester (wow, how time flies!) and our students keep treasuring moments and collecting memories. This week, our Tel Aviv communities traveled to Sderot and Nativ Ha’Asara, while our Jerusalem community traveled to Rahat and Beer Sheva, both in the South of …

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Alumni of the Month – Hannah Fagut

My name is Hannah Fagut, I’m originally from Syracuse, NY and now I live in Washington D.C. I did Aardvark Israel in 2011-2012. I started thinking about a gap year program in 9th grade after attending a seminar on gap years hosted by NFTY. It wasn’t something that was promoted …

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Weekly Updates – November 4, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! It’s getting chilly here in Israel as November has finally arrived! This Tiyul Tuesday, our Tel Aviv students traveled to the Holy City of Jerusalem and entered Me’arat Hanetifim – a stalactite cave. Our Jerusalem community traveled to Ein Prat, a beautiful hike, with a mix …

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Levontin students at khirbet midras

The Aardvark Monthly – October 2021

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff!   We are already halfway into the semester (!) and the students have been enjoying their internships, volunteering, classes, and chugim. Each of our communities participated in 3-day seminars in Kibbutz Ketura, down south, near Eilat. They got familiar with the collective lifestyle in the Kibbutz – …

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Exploring Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard

Anyone who has spent any time in Tel Aviv is sure to be familiar with Rothschild Boulevard. It is like a microcosm of the city, displaying everything that it has to offer. If you are spending your gap year in Tel Aviv, then it is a street that you are …

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The Future of the Dead Sea

In recent years, more and more attention is being given to preserving the Dead Sea. It is a unique body of water that is at the lowest point on earth, 420 metres below sea level. However, while it is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions, it has been shrinking extremely …

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Weekly Updates – October 31, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  This week was busy as usual, but mostly for our Tel Aviv students, who traveled to Kibbutz Ketura, in the Arava, near Eilat. The students experienced some really meaningful moments, in a three-day-long seminar, that included workshops, hikes, community activities, and group bonding activities. The students …

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Mada volunteering

MADA Volunteering

Last week our MADA (Israeli Emergency Services) students finished their training, and are now going to start their actual volunteering! Ella Shapiro wrote: “I am so happy to start my MADA volunteering! We finished our long but very exciting 60-hour course! Even though days were challenging we had a lot …

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