gap year in israel

Aardvark Monthly - November 2020

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Adventure Is Out There
by Ryan Neutel, Irvine, California
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Ever since arriving in Israel and completing the 14 day quarantine, I knew I never wanted to waste any time that I had free. From Thursday afternoons to Saturday nights we are free to do as we please. Last weekend, I had the chance to arrange a mini “staycation” in Jerusalem and take some of my friends to a place called Lifta. Lifta is a place where an Arab village once stood, and now only the ruins remain. After arriving in this amazing place we took photos and had a bonfire where we opened up to each other and really bonded. Trips like these are what make my year in Israel even more meaningful. This weekend coming up I am going to the Old City of Akko to learn more about the amazing Old City. No matter what I do or where I go, the people I take with me on these little trips around Israel make the experience fun and exciting.
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Monopoly Jerusalem

Twenty-one sites. Eight hours. One city.
When the students in one of our Jerusalem apartments spent 14 days in quarantine upon arriving in Israel, they hatched a plan. The Jerusalem Monopoly board would be their roadmap, and with featured locations like the City of David and the Knesset instead of Boardwalk and Park Place, and they would explore all of Jerusalem by walking to every single place on the board.

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Do you like life on the edge? Get your adrenaline fix with Aardark Extreme!

When: Spring Semester, Jerusalem
Interested in medicine and the chance to help Israelis in need? Sign up for Magen David Adom!

When: Spring Semester, both cities
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Looking to invest in your Jewish Identity? Then Selah is the track for you!

When: Spring Semester, Tel Aviv
Are you the world’s next big change-maker? Full of ideas but need some skills to get them off the ground? Entrepreneurship is for you!

When: Spring Semester, Tel Aviv
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Internship In The Spotlight

Hey it’s Rishon Beard from Portland, Oregon and Josie Broomberg from Elstree, United Kingdom! We’re so lucky to have the opportunity to be interns at one of the most beautiful jewelry stores in all of Israel (not that we’re biased or anything) called Lady Morgana Fairy Chic. As the studio & store is located on Ben Yehuda street, we get to work in the heart of the city and experience the ambiance of Jerusalem every day. Our internship is super diverse, from advertising to photo shoots to creating new and exciting pieces of jewelry. We are learning so much while also having a blast! We’re really happy our boss is teaching us how to make even the most complex of pieces of jewelry and learn how the industry works at the same time.

Hear From Our Students:

 
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The Tel Aviv neighborhood that flourished during Covid

ISRAEL21c intern and Aardvark Israel student, Tess Levy discovered that the hip neighborhood of Florentin managed to maintain its usual energy and even attract outsiders during the pandemic.

The Tel Aviv neighborhood that flourished during Covid

ISRAEL21c intern and Aardvark Israel student, Tess Levy discovered that the hip neighborhood of Florentin managed to maintain its usual energy and even attract outsiders during the pandemic.

A first-timer in the Old City during COVID

SoTov intern & current Aardvark Jerusalem student Ava Rosen shares her thoughts and insights about her first time (ever) visiting the Old City in Jerusalem!

Looking for a packing list, ideas on how to decorate your apartment and more?
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