gap year in israel

Alumni of the Month – Maya Fried

My name is Maya Fried, and I was born and raised to Israeli parents in Los Angeles. Weird thing is, they never took me to visit the country they called home for half of their lives, and so upon graduating high school I made the trek from the city of stars to the land of […]

Alumni of the Month – Mark & Lauren Gilbert

We were on the Aardvark program from 2012-2013 and we lived in Jerusalem first and then Tel Aviv. Mark participated in the entrepreneurial program and went on many of the Aardvark-led international trips. After leaving the program, we went on to live in Tacoma, WA and both graduated from the University of Puget Sound. We […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 17, 2018

Dear Parents, Sadly, our semester is soon coming to an end, and despite us not wanting it to end, soon we will back in our homes outside of Israel. While we are sad, we have very much decided to make the most of every last moment in Israel and on Aardvark. As a result, this […]

Berlin 2018

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Day 1 Hello everyone, Our first day in Berlin has just ended and we are tired but extremely happy. After a long night with very little sleep, we landed in Berlin this morning. We were picked up at the airport, left our bags in the hotel and dove straight into our schedule. After the students […]

Student of the week – Yaeli Rabinowitz

Yaeli - student of the week

Hi everyone! I’m Yaeli, from London, England. I am lucky enough to be currently living in Florentine Tel Aviv. Florentine is one of the most interesting places – both during the day & night filled with a variety of cultures. I have been lucky enough to participate in both semesters of aardvark and experienced the […]

Student of the week – Jess Dworcan

Hey everyone, my name is Jess Dworcan from Johannesburg, South Africa. Coming on this program was not a very well organised, structured or thought out decision. The day the program started I was on the phone with Simon explaining that I may not come at all but decided last minute that I would be missing […]

Nepal 2018

Nepal 2018 -day 1

Day 1 Shalom to everyone! It already feels like we have been here for about 3 days but the first day of our Nepal Cultural Exchange has finally ended! We started yesterday at 6pm (Israel time), with a pretty easy check-in at Ben Gurion airport. The students had so much time to spare that they […]

Student of the Week – Avi Cohen

Avi cohen - student of the week

Hello, my name is Avi and I’m currently having a blast in Aardvark Jerusalem. My road to Aardvark is a little different than most. In 2010, my family and I made Aliya from our home in Potomac, Maryland. This move was a big change for me, mentally and emotionally. As I began blending into Israeli […]

Ethiopia 2018


Day 1 After two flights, a few hours of waiting at passport control and almost missing our flight, we all arrived at Gondar safe and sound. As soon as you arrive in the city, you are struck by what a beautiful place it is. Sunday was a day that will live in your children’s memories […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv February 9, 2018

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Shalom parents! Here are some highlights from the past week: On Sunday the Mind and Body elective kicked off the week with a workshop on cupping glasses used for massages. Later in the day, all the students met with their counselors for their weekly apartment meeting where counselors worked on dynamics, life-problem-solving, and other ideas […]