My name is Katherine Alexandra Ruf, but I go by Alex. I am from Quito, Ecuador, where I was born and raised until I was 17. I went to an American International school, called Academia Cotopaxi. At 17, I moved to Maryland, USA on my own, to finish High School. After a rough time there, I decided I needed a break from academics and wanted to take a gap year. After brainstorming ideas, the option of going to Israel came up. I started researching options and found Aardvark Israel. I thought it was a perfect option for me as it had the perfect balance between classes, internships, and free time. I like to say that it was meant to be as once I applied everything seemed to fall into place and everything moved smoothly.

I am doing my volunteering at Save A Child’s Heart; an amazing organization that brings in and treats children with congenital heart defects & diseases.

After Aardvark Israel, I am planning on doing Aliyah and staying in Israel.

Fun fact: I have a Scuba Diving license!

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