5 Reasons to Take a Gap Year – Rachel Katz

Independence –  Before I came to Israel, I didn’t realize how dependent I was on everyone else around me. While I can get around in a few places, I always needed someone else to lead me. I was scared to come here because I thought I’d be sort of dropped with no direction, but instead, […]

Money, Money, Money – Rachel Katz

Before I came on Aardvark, I never really had to think too much about my own money. While I have worked over the years, I am fortunate that my parents have usually always supplied money when I needed it and most days I either ate dinner with them or I had a college meal plan […]

Yom Hashoah

As someone who came to Israel from a very small town in Pennsylvania, I did not have much experience with true Holocaust remembrance, which I know is sad, but I did have a good education on it from my family along with Hebrew school. I knew coming to Israel that it would definitely be something […]

Cultural Differences in Shopping – Rachel Katz

One of the first adjustments I made to Israel was the differences in shopping. Specifically grocery shopping. I was so used to my entire life going to one specific grocery store and one other store, where we could just buy everything we needed in one place. For example, in America, we have Target, where anything […]

Almost Done – Rachel Katz

As I am writing this, currently it’s April 22, and we have just about a month left on Aardvark. It’s a crazy thought that soon enough I’ll be on a plane to go home, and I’ll be saying goodbye to all the friends that have become a family to me so quickly. Before I came […]

Overnight Tiyul at the Western Galilee – Eitan Brown

Overnight tiyul at the western galilee

Our overnight trip to Acre was an amazing experience, especially as every community was there and we were able to socialise with those we hadn’t seen for a long time. We started the trip off with a hike, you could pick either the easy, medium or difficult one. I personally chose the difficult hike, which […]

The technology innovation lab at Sheba Medical Center – Michael Kozer

The technology innovation lab at sheba medical center

This March, I and the other students participating in Aardvark Israel’s Big Idea program took a trip to a unique location – the technology innovation lab at Sheba Medical Center. While Big Idea has toured several interesting places before during this year, this was the first time we had visited somewhere where we could see […]

The Language Barrier – How to Cope – Rachel Katz

The language barrier - how to cope

When I got to Tel Aviv at the beginning of January, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Why would it be? Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, honestly. Especially when you’re going to another place that speaks one language (while also knowing English very well) and expecting them to understand, or at least, be […]

Big Idea Impact Month begins! – Elliot Kupchik

Big idea impact month begins

To start off our Impact Month, myself and the other students were introduced to the office of Nefesh B’Nefesh, located in the heart of Tel Aviv. We met several experienced workers in high tech, who talked to us about our upcoming work and helped us get acquainted with the office. After these initial seminars, we […]

Take a gap, follow your dreams – Rachel Katz

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

I promised myself that I would make it back to Israel this year, no matter what it took. If it took holding off on some things, or even, changing what my “dream” looked like. I know some people can do the traditional 4-year university path, but for me, sitting down with the pros and cons, […]