Student of the Week – Josh Smith

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

I chose to come on a gap year because after a couple of intense years of school combined with Covid, I decided I wanted to take a break and do something a little different. I wanted to come to Israel because as an important and complicated part of my Jewish identity, I felt it was […]

About professional and personal growth – Shayna Dash

Professional and personal growth

My time on Aardvark Israel is exactly why I choose a gap year. While on Aardvark, I have not only gained real work experience with my internship but also gained independence and lifelong friendships. Aardvark gives us the ability to learn about Israel and form deep connections with the land. I have gained knowledge and […]

It’s a wrap! Fall Semester summary by Zac Lovat

Fall semester summary

This semester in Tel-Aviv has certainly been one to remember, and for good reason. From day 1 we have been immersed in a completely new culture, challenged to live on our own for the first time, work, and make new friends. We have been in an environment which has pushed us all and I couldn’t […]

Student of the Week – Julian Frucht

Julian frucht

When I first thought about taking a gap year, it was mainly because of the fear I had that college would be altered by Covid, so I wouldn’t get your normal “freshman experience”. What ultimately led me to take a gap year was coming to the realization that this was going to be one of […]

Student of the Week – Samuel Spizzichino

Samuel spizzichino

I’ve lived in Rome all my life, and growing up I realized that the bubble I was living in was too small to achieve my goals. So I decided to take a gap year to experience a new culture, away from home, and meet people with different ideas than mine.I was hours and hours in […]

Student of the Week – Lila Goldstein

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

I chose to take a gap year because I was burnt out from high school. Especially after COVID hit, it was hard to be motivated and get excited about being in a rigorous classroom again so soon after graduating. Aardvark Israel was the perfect gap year program because it gives me an opportunity to grow […]

Chaimes Daycare

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Volunteering at Chaimes daycare for kids with special needs has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have had already two years of experience working with individuals with special needs and coming to Israel I really wanted to continue in that field of work. In such a short amount of time, I […]

Adam Grossman – Leadership Seminar in Neot Kedumim

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Yesterday, we were taken to a leadership seminar in Neot Kedumim. After splitting into two groups, we were taken around the nature reserve to undertake various activities centered around team building, communication, and cooperation. From herding cattle to obstacle courses, we learnt both how to effectively be part of a team as well as how […]

Sammie Wittenstein – Shabbaton in Peki’in

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

At the Shabbaton in Peki’in we experienced a taste of Druze culture. We first stopped at a home where we got to experience Druze cooking, and later on we toured the area for a more everyday perspective. We also participated in programs where we discussed our personal connections to Judaism and specifically Hanukkah. It was […]

Sam Lynn & Alex Sandler – Yad Vashem and Har Hertzel

Yad vashem

Sam Lynn This week was an emotional whirlwind. We began our Siyur day at Yad Vashem, my personal favorite Holocaust museum. For me, Yad Vashem stands out because of its incredible attention to detail and its ability to tell as many individual stories as possible. While I have been to Yad Vashem before each time […]