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Hot Summer in Israel

Hot summer in israel

When the mercury soars and the sun beats down relentlessly, Israelis know it’s summertime. With temperatures often reaching over 100°F (38°C), the summer months in this Middle Eastern country are nothing short of scorching. But Israelis have perfected the art of staying cool and embracing the heat. No summer day is complete without a trip […]

Passover in Israel

Passover in israel

Passover in Israel is a big deal, and let’s be real – it’s not just about the cleaning! Sure, getting the house spotless is part of the tradition, but let’s talk about the real star of the show – the food! During Passover in Israel, the Seder plate plays a significant role in the traditional […]

The Aardvark Monthly – March 2024

Shabbaton with mechina

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, What a busy month we had, with celebrating Purim, a Shabbaton, and exploring Israel and abroad! Our students are truly living like locals in Israel, immersing themselves into Israeli society. It’s hard to believe that the semester is halfway through. Here are some March highlights! Italy International Add-On Trip […]

The Aardvark Monthly – February 2024

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Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, The second month of our spring semester is over! We had some very exciting programs and Tiyulim (Trips) in February, during which our students learned about diversity within Israeli culture, how to become strong leaders, connect with their Jewish identities, and, of course, they gained hands-on experience at their […]

Purim in Israel

Purim in israel

Purim in Israel is a vibrant and joyous celebration that holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors. For those on a gap year in Israel, experiencing Purim can be an unforgettable highlight of their time spent volunteering in this beautiful country. One of the most beloved traditions of Purim is […]

How to Make the Most of Your Internship

Internship blogpost

So, you’ve kicked off your internship, but feeling like you’re not quite hitting your stride? Don’t sweat it! Anna and Zach have your back with some tips on how to thrive during your internship. Set Clear Goals! Take a moment to envision what you hope to gain from this experience. Whether it’s acquiring new skills, […]

Leadership Seminar

Picture of tiyul

This week, our students had the opportunity to choose between different tracks for our two-day leadership seminar. They completed hiking trails, learned from guest speakers, and experimented with different forms of creative media. Day One: Hiking Tracks & Workshops Students were given the option to hike in the Negev at Ein Ovdat, Nachal Mamshit, or […]

Rain in Israel

Rain in israel

If you’re planning a gap year or a semester in Israel during the winter, it’s important to be prepared for the rain. As with early spring, the weather can be unpredictable, with some days being warmer than others. That’s why we recommend dressing in layers to adapt to changing temperatures. To stay comfortable and dry […]

Spring semester 2024 has officially started!


On the 9th of January, 120 students from 12 different countries started the Aardvark Israel Spring semester, and we can’t describe how happy we are to see that even during these challenging times, young Jewish people are seeking connection to the land and people of Israel. What have our students been up to? In their […]

Internship in a Gap Year

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A gap year internship can be an incredible opportunity for young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 to gain valuable experience and grow both personally and professionally. It allows them to step out of their comfort zone and navigate the modern 9-5 work life while immersing themselves in a cross-cultural work environment. Aardvark […]