gap year in israel

Available for 2024-2025


Plus: USA 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.

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