Alumni of the Month – Dani Starr

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My name is Dani Starr, and I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I now live in Israel on Kibbutz Tlalim which is about half an hour west of Be’er Sheva. I came on Aardvark Israel in 2020-2021.The initial reason I decided to take a gap year was because of Corona. I was […]

Alumni of the Month – Jacob Leon Cherny

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My name is Jacob Cherny and I am from Perth, Australia I chose to go on a gap year in Israel as it has been a dream of mine for a long time. I’ve grown up in quite an isolated community with role models who have all taken a year of their life to experience […]

Alumni of the Month – Emily Willrich

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My name is Emily Willrich, and I am originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts. I came on Aardvark in Spring 2021. Originally, I never planned to go on a gap year. Then COVID hit, and I wanted to make sure I would get a full in-person college experience. After a lot of thought, I decided to take […]

Alumni of the Month – Benjamin Eden Busse

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My name is Benjamin Eden Busse and I’m from London, England and I went to Hasmonean Boys School.As the great Greek philosopher Diogones once said “A reasonable life is one lived in accordance with nature and with one’s natural inclinations”. I chose to follow this ideology which led me to go on a gap year […]

Alumni of the Month – Lauren Cayle

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My name is Lauren Cayle and I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but I now to go school in Washington, DC. I did my gap year with Aardvark Israel last school year, 2020-2021. I chose Aardvark because I didn’t want to do online classes in college and I wanted a year to explore and grow without the […]

Alumni of the Month – Sophie Harris

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My name is Sophie Harris and I am from San Diego, California. I was on Aardvark Israel last year, of Fall 2020/spring 2021. After having the absolute BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE, I completely fell in love with Israel and decided to move here! I am now currently living in Tel Aviv with my best […]

Alumni of the Month – Hannah Fagut

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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 or talked about at my […]

Alumni of the Month – Ashleigh Harris

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People often ask me how I would describe my gap year. Well, in order to answer that question, I need to venture back to about a year ago on one of our weekly Tiyul Tuesday trips. The three-hour bus ride from Tel Aviv took us to the Golan Heights where our tour guide, Daniel, recounted […]

Alumni of the Month – Danielle Hodes

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My name is Danielle Hodes, I am from Livingston, New Jersey and I’m about to move into a dorm at the University of Maryland. I am about to take off and study Journalism in college. When it comes to my gap year experience, Aardvark Israel helped me immensely in solidifying my passion for Journalism and […]

Jerusalem Weekly #2 – May 13, 2021

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The past week in Israel hasn’t been easy, but ensuring the safety and well-being of the students is our top priority.  We are in constant contact with Masa and other relevant agencies to ensure the safety of all our students. Even with the complexities in Israel, we also had many wonderful highlights this week. On Sunday, we had our […]