gap year in israel

The First Week

from Mya Levin, Los Angeles

Having officially passed the first week on Aardvark Israel, I can assure you I am more than alive and well.

I chose Aardvark hoping to tackle a journey to fill a personal void. I expected to keep to myself, get through my classes and grow on my own. And if this time in quarantine has taught me anything so far, it’s that my plan would be impossible in the most extraordinary way.

On day one I was greeted with the open arms of my benevolent roommates. We slept terribly- tossing around with endless anxiety and emotions of the first night away from home, only to come together in the morning full of support for one another’s need for togetherness. From that moment, I knew I was sharing a home with really special human beings. Every night, I take part in “family dinner”.

On Shabbat, we dressed up and danced together and if I’m upset, I embrace the hugs that my new friends genuinely want to give. I know now that I don’t want to go through this journey alone. ⠀
Granted, we haven’t been outside in 8 days, but even in what we call quarientation, I have been able to establish true friendships, memories and a sense of this year as a whole.

I believe wholeheartedly that I will thrive alongside the amazing women in my apartment, thanks to the brilliant and caring Aardvark Israel.
((Updates to come))

First week from mya levin