AARDVARK MADRICHIM (COUNSELORS)
Idan Korkidi: I grew up in Herzilayah all my life. In the army I served in the Air Defence Unit in the army as a fighter and was then upgraded to an officer. In the summer of 2017-2018, I worked as a counsellor in JCC Ranch Camp in Colorado and I was a head counselor. In my free time, I play the drums and I study the harmonica. I love Anime and Marvel . In the past I participated in a youth movement called Mashitzim, as student and as a counselor, and there I became interested in the world of Education.
Avia Azarzar: My name is Avia. I was born in a small kibbutz in the North and after two years, I moved to a small city in the north of Haifa where I finished High School. Right before the army I decided to do a year of community service in Jerusalem as a part of a youth movement called “machane olim”. There, I was a counselor for youth of all ages. Later I was drafted to the education corp in the nahal unit. There I was a commander for youth in the gadne base in the South. During my job in the army, I advanced to be a commander for privates and because of an injury, I went back to my original base to be a commander in a Marva unit. After a year and a half I moved to Rishon Lezion with my unit, to join the educational system in the city. I was working with youth at risk, and from that experience I realized that it was something I wanted to do after the army. I really like music and I even collect vinyls. In addition I like to cook and be creative. I’m really excited to join Aardvark and meet new people and create new experiences with them.
Tali Grossman: I am from Shoham in the centre of Israel. During my childhood, I was a student in Bnei Akiva and later I was a counselor for two years.During the army I served in a unit called Rochev Shamayim. I was an instructor for UAV ( Unmaned Air Vehicles ). I was also instructed the soldiers in enemy intelligence. I really enjoyed my service and I continue as a reserve soldier to this day. After the army, I worked at a summer camp in America as a ropes instructor. After the camp I traveled to South America for 5 months. I really like to study and learn new things. I recently started vocal training and I’m also a hip hop dancer and I like long runs, hiking and meeting new people and places. I’m really excited to start the year and make memories with everyone!
Shalhevet Eyal: I lived in Psagot , a small settlement next to Jerusalem. I grew up in the Bnei Akiva youth movement and was a coordinator for 3 years. In my army service, I joined the education unit as a Privates Commander for soldiers coming from tough upbringings ( low social income, criminal records ). After the army I was a counselor at Camp Seneca Lake, and afterwards traveled through Central America. Once coming back to Israel, I hiked from the bottom of Israel all the way to the top! There I met amazing people and saw beautiful landscapes. I can’t wait to give the Aardvark participants the beautiful experience and love for the land that I have!
Daniel Zini: I grew up in Be’er Sheva and in high school, I was part of the ‘Mashatzim’ youth movement. As well, I volunteered in SPCA Israel, finding homes for stray animals. In the army I was a commander in a combat medic soldiers school. After the army I worked as an integration assistant for autistic children where I taught art and drawing lessons. I spent the last two summers in the US summer camp through the Jewish Agency as an art counselor. This past year, I traveled for 7 months in the far East. My main hobbies are art and painting, and go for hiking. I am very excited and looking forward for the program to begin. Especially to learn about the different countries that the students comes from, and to show them Israel and our country through my eyes.
Ori Meisel: Hi, my name is Ori Meisel and I’m 24 years old. I grew up in Pardessiya (not far from Netanya.) Following high school, I participated in a pre-army program called Mechinat “Tavor” which combined Jewish and Israel studies with volunteer work in the community of Nazareth Ilit. After completing the Mechina, I joined the army and the served in the reconnaissance battalion of the paratroopers as a combat soldier. After my discharge from the army, I worked at Camp Ramah at Wisconsin as a counselor and ropes course and outdoor activities specialist. I then spent a year in Spain working as a tour guide with Jewish groups. I’m very excited to work with Aardvark Israel and looking forward meeting all of you!