Student of the Week – Navah Crouse

Navah crouse

I recently spent the past 5 months on the Aardvark Israel gap year program. Originally I never planned to go on a gap year, instead, I was going to study in Israel. However, after much thought, I decided to take a gap year to experience freedom and independence in Israel, as well as get an […]

Getting out of your comfort zone – Yoav Konstantino

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Every morning during my 4 years in high school, I woke up and ate the same thing. Two slices of peanut butter and banana toast with a cup of mint tea to go along. And every once in a while if I felt a little adventurous I would change the flavor of the tea to […]

Masa Year of Service – Ichilov Hospital

Maya goldberg, volunteering at ichilov hospital

People come to the hospital and don’t know what to do, where to go, and how to get there, so they need somebody who talks them through it and helps them get to where they have to be. Sometimes, I even get the pleasure of walking them to their appointment and helping out, getting them […]

Student of the Week – Joshua Thomas Birnbaum

Joshua thomas birnbaum

My name is Joshua Thomas Birnbaum, and I’m from Belgium. When I was 13, I left Belgium and moved to London. I have always felt close to Israel, from going on camp in Israel to even coming to visit my family here. I have always felt close to Israel and always thought it would be nice […]

My semester in Israel – Caroline Press

My semester in israel - caroline press

The moment I was accepted to college, I decided to take a gap year. I was confident that this was something I wanted and needed to do. As I walked up the steps to John F. Kennedy Airport on January 9th, I found my stomach turning, my palms sweating and my heart beating. “Why am […]

Student of the Week – Caroline Emma Press

Caroline emma press

My name is Caroline Emma Press, and I’m from New York City. It has been a dream of mine to live in Israel since I was younger. I’ve spent a lot of time here throughout the years and always felt a deep connection to it. It has always felt like a second home. I had […]

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 […]