5 Reasons to Take a Gap Year – Rachel Katz

5 reasons to take a gap year - rachel katz

Independence –  Before I came to Israel, I didn’t realize how dependent I was on everyone else around me. While I can get around in a few places, I always needed someone else to lead me. I was scared to come here because I thought I’d be sort of dropped with no direction, but instead, […]

Money, Money, Money – Rachel Katz

Money, money, money

Before I came on Aardvark, I never really had to think too much about my own money. While I have worked over the years, I am fortunate that my parents have usually always supplied money when I needed it and most days I either ate dinner with them or I had a college meal plan […]

Yom Hashoah


As someone who came to Israel from a very small town in Pennsylvania, I did not have much experience with true Holocaust remembrance, which I know is sad, but I did have a good education on it from my family along with Hebrew school. I knew coming to Israel that it would definitely be something […]

Cultural Differences in Shopping – Rachel Katz

Cultural differences in shopping

One of the first adjustments I made to Israel was the differences in shopping. Specifically grocery shopping. I was so used to my entire life going to one specific grocery store and one other store, where we could just buy everything we needed in one place. For example, in America, we have Target, where anything […]

Almost Done – Rachel Katz

Almost done

As I am writing this, currently it’s April 22, and we have just about a month left on Aardvark. It’s a crazy thought that soon enough I’ll be on a plane to go home, and I’ll be saying goodbye to all the friends that have become a family to me so quickly. Before I came […]

Weekly Updates – May 12, 2022

Levontin community at mount arbel

Shalom Parents and Students! Do you recognize the man in the middle-right of the picture, the one with the tie? Yup, you are not mistaken, it is the president of Israel, Mr. Issac Herzog! Our Jerusalem community met the president in his house for an official visit. What have the rest of our communities done […]

Student of the Week – Jaime Esquenazi

Jaime esquenazi

My name is Jaime Esquenazi and I’m from Miami, Florida. I chose to go on a gap year because the pandemic started before college and I decided that I should take a year to meet new people and have new experiences in Israel rather than go to school online. I chose Aardvark Israel so I […]

Student of the Week – Jesse Mills

Jesse mills

My name is Jesse Morgan Mills. I chose to come on a gap year because I felt that I needed a change of pace. I heard about Aardvark Israel from Sophie Harris, a family friend, and thought the internship part of the program sounded perfect. I came into the program not knowing anyone except for […]

Weekly Updates – May 4, 2022

The roof is on fire! Just kidding, it's our levontin community!

Shalom Parents and Students, and Happy Independence Day! Our beloved country is celebrating its 74th birthday (we wouldn’t give it a day over 73!) and our students celebrated in various ways, although not before they learned and heard the stories of fallen soldiers and victims of terror, as part of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, […]

Weekly Updates – April 28, 2022

Levontin students at the beach

Shalom Parents and Students! We are back from our Passover vacation! Did you miss us? Because we sure missed everyone 🙂 Our students have returned, and are back in their internship and volunteering routines. Want to see what our students have been up to since they got back? Scroll down >> Year Program students in […]