The Uniqueness of Israel

Israel’s Ancient Tombs

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Ancient Tombs Israel is a small country with a massive amount of history packed into it. While visiting cemeteries and tombs is not normally something we’d look forward to, in Israel there are a number of historically important tombs...

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Israel’s Ancient Ports

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Ancient Ports Today in Israel there are a number of major shipping ports where goods are received and sent across the world. However, Israel’s ports are not just essential to modern Israel, in ancient times the country’s ports were...

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Ben Gurion Airport

The Uniqueness of Israel Ben Gurion Airport When you arrive in Israel the chances are that you will have landed at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel’s main international airport. The airport is just 15 kilometres from Tel Aviv and about 70 kilometres from Jerusalem, making...

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Running Marathons in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel Running Marathons in Israel If you enjoy long distance running then you will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of opportunities to keep the hobby up while on your gap year in Israel. In addition to a few major marathon events, there are...

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Israel’s Thriving Startup Industry

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Thriving Startup Industry Israel is well known as a centre of technological innovation, a fact that has earned it the title of ‘Startup Nation’. Over the last few years that have been a number of hugely successful companies that began...

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Israel’s Biggest Shopping Malls

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Biggest Shopping Malls While you are on your gap year in Israel you are bound to want to go shopping at some point or another. Both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are home to famous markets, but there are also a large number of huge shopping...

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Israel’s Escape Rooms

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Escape Rooms Escape the room games were an online hit long before they became real physical games and spread across the world. If you haven’t yet done an Escape Room, the idea is simple, you are locked in a room and have an hour to...

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Israel’s Blossoming Tourism Industry

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Blossoming Tourism Industry One of the amazing things about Israel is that it attracts a huge amount of incredibly diverse tourists. People from across the world come to see Israel’s historical sites and learn more about the country’s...

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The Benefits of Doing an Internship Abroad

The Uniqueness of Israel The Benefits of Doing an Internship Abroad Internships can be brilliant things, they offer an insight in to the world of work, give you some experience in areas that you may be interested in and can generally help you to make some decisions...

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From the Desert to the Snow in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel From the Desert to the Snow in Israel When thinking about your gap year in Israel part of you is probably visualising hot sunny days on the beach, hiking in the desert, bathing in Israel’s many natural springs and so on. However, you should...

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Israel and the Olympic Games

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel and the Olympic Games While Israel is known for excelling at many things, sports isn’t really one of them. The country has had some success in basketball but it is certainly not known as a sporting powerhouse. However, over the years...

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Life on a Kibbutz

The Uniqueness of Israel Life on a Kibbutz The kibbutz movement is one of the things that made Israel so unique in its younger days and, while the movement has changed quite a lot in the last few decades, it is still a huge draw for people from all over the world and...

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Israelis Who Made it Big in Hollywood

The Uniqueness of Israel Israelis Who Made it Big in Hollywood Recently the new Wonder Woman film was released with the leading role played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot. A huge amount of attention was given to the fact that Gal is an Israeli, but she is by no means...

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The Advantages of a Gap Year in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel The Advantages of a Gap Year in Tel Aviv If you are planning on taking a gap year in Israel you will be faced with the choice between spending your time in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. On Aardvark you will broadly have very similar options in each...

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The Uniqueness of a Gap Year in Jerusalem

The Uniqueness of Israel The Uniqueness of a Gap Year in Jerusalem When choosing your gap year program you will be faced with the choice between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In both cities you will have the same range of options, you can take different study programs, sign...

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Enjoying Your Gap Year On a Budget

The Uniqueness of Israel Enjoying Your Gap Year On a Budget The vast majority of people who go on a gap year program will be on a fairly limited budget and those who choose to spend their gap year in Israel will very quickly realise that it not a particularly cheap...

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Exploring Jerusalem’s Rehavia Neighbourhood

The Uniqueness of Israel Exploring Jerusalem’s Rehavia Neighbourhood If you have chosen to spend your gap year in Jerusalem it won’t be long before you come across the neighbourhood of Rehavia. Located just by the centre of town, this is one of Jerusalem’s most...

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The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year

The Uniqueness of Israel The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year If you are considering a gap year in Israel the chances are you already have a fairly strong sense of Jewish identity in one way or another. Taking a gap year with Aardvark Israel will allow you to...

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The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year

The Uniqueness of Israel The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year If you are considering a gap year in Israel the chances are you already have a fairly strong sense of Jewish identity in one way or another. Taking a gap year with Aardvark Israel will allow you to...

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Studying Abroad in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel Studying Abroad in Israel The great thing about a gap year in Israel is that it presents so many varied opportunities. Of course, there are the core elements of fun, exploring the country, living independently with friends, and generally...

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Luxurious Breakfast Options in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel Luxurious Breakfast Options in Tel Aviv There will almost certainly be a day or two on your gap year where you wake up a little late and feel like pampering yourself with a truly luxurious breakfast. Luckily, Tel Aviv is packed full of...

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Where To Find Live Music in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel Where To Find Live Music in Tel Aviv If you’re worried about finding live music venues in Tel Aviv then don’t, there are plenty out there. Each week you will be able to find a variety of genres to listen to in a number of different places....

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Israel National Library

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel National Library The Rejuvenation of Israel’s National Library During your gap year in Jerusalem, you should take the time to visit Jerusalem’s National Library. Not only does it present a fantastic opportunity to delve into the history...

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Tel Aviv Neighbourhoods

The Uniqueness of Israel Tel Aviv Neighbourhoods A Guide to Tel Aviv’s Top Five Neighbourhoods During your gap year in Tel Aviv you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and discover the different styles of the many neighbourhoods. However, to help you get...

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Jerusalem – The Centre of Israel’s Vivid Art Scene

The Uniqueness of Israel Jerusalem – The Centre of Israel’s Vivid Art Scene You may not be aware of it but Jerusalem is the centre of Israel’s vivid and unique art scene. Various cultural roots influence the city’s artistic life and they combine to create some...

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Israel’s Lesser Known Heritage Sites

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel’s Lesser Known Heritage Sites During your gap year you will visit a number of well-known sites in Israel as well as some lesser known ones. In addition to the famous sites, such as the Old City in Jerusalem, there are a number of...

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The Best Spots for Surfing in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel The Best Spots for Surfing in Israel If you enjoy surfing then you’ll be pleased to hear that Israel has had an active surfing community since the 1950s and while on your gap year there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take to the...

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How Cofix Revolutionised The Israeli Coffee Scene

The Uniqueness of Israel How Cofix Revolutionised The Israeli Coffee Scene For many people coffee is an essential part of everyday life. We buy it on the way out in the mornings, as a pick-me-up in the afternoon and often socialise over it with friends. However, until...

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Exploring the Treasures of Nachalat Binyamin

The Uniqueness of Israel Exploring the Treasures of Nachlat Binyamin If you spend any time in Tel Aviv you will most likely come across the street Nachalat Binyamin. While it is just a single street you will find loads to do there as the street is home to some of Tel...

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Living Like a Local In Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel Living Like a Local In Tel Aviv Those that spend their gap years in Tel Aviv are sure to come away with a good idea of what it is like to live as a local. However, to save you some hassle, there are a few tips that every Tel Avivian grows up...

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Hidden Delights of the Machane Yehuda Market

The Uniqueness of Israel Hidden Delights of the Machane Yehuda Market While the Machane Yehuda Market for many years was the cheapest and most convenient place for locals to shop, in recent years it has maintained these qualities and grown to offer far more. Together...

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How Jerusalem Got Its Own Skate Park

The Uniqueness of Israel How Jerusalem Got Its Own Skate Park There are probably many things that come to mind when you think of Israel and Jerusalem, such as the Old City, the market, hummus or just the general Middle East vibe. However, to the surprise of many...

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Israeli Start-Ups That Reflect the Culture of Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel Israeli Start-Ups That Reflect the Culture of Israel Israel is well known for its culture of start-ups and a number of hugely successful companies have emerged over the last decade or so. There are new start-ups appearing all of the time and...

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Why Israel Really is The Start-Up Nation

The Uniqueness of Israel Why Israel Really is The Start-Up Nation Israel is now well known as the ‘Start-up Nation’ and if you are hoping to explore this aspect of the county during your gap year you will most likely be thinking of spending it in Tel Aviv. This is...

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Facts About Israel You May Not Know

The Uniqueness of Israel Facts About Israel You May Not Know Modern Israel is a remarkable country, both for some of its physical features and also because of the achievements that it has pulled off over its relatively short history. While you probably know quite a...

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Habima Square – Tel Aviv’s Cultural Hotspur

The Uniqueness of Israel Habima Square – Tel Aviv’s Cultural Hotspur Right at the heart of Tel Aviv you will find Kikar Habima (Habima Square), it is at the intersection of two of the city’s busiest streets, Dizengoff and Rothschild Boulevard, and offers a huge amount...

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The People of Tel Aviv’s Artists’ Market

The Uniqueness of Israel The People of Tel Aviv’s Artists’ Market Those who choose to live in Tel Aviv for their gap year are sure to visit Tel Aviv’s artists’ market, better known as Nachalat Binyamin, on at least one occasion. The market is an iconic part of Tel...

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Experiencing Israel’s Natural Hot Springs

The Uniqueness of Israel Experiencing Israel’s Natural Hot Springs Israeli is known for many diverse things from hi-tech to falafel, but one thing many people are not aware of is that the country is home to numerous hot springs which are well worth a visit at least...

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World Cuisine On Your Doorstep in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel World Cuisine On Your Doorstep in Tel Aviv One of the great things about spending your gap year with Aardvark in Israel is that you will get to meet people from across the world. Part of the fun is that you can learn about each other’s...

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Exploring Old Jaffa

The Uniqueness of Israel Exploring Old Jaffa If you’re spending your gap year with Aardvark in Tel Aviv you’ll have plenty of time to explore the old city of Jaffa and even if you are based in Jerusalem there should still be plenty of time to visit and discover its...

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Jerusalem’s Top Festivals

The Uniqueness of Israel Jerusalem’s Top Festivals     There is plenty to do in Jerusalem and enough variety to keep you busy throughout your gap year. However, a few times a year there are various different festivals which are really worth making the effort...

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Finding the Latest Fashion in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel Finding the Latest Fashion in Tel Aviv     Being a somewhat out the way country in the Middle East many will assume that Israel is behind the latest fashions of Europe and America. However, while the fashions in Israel may not always...

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The Top Spots for Bookworms in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel The Top Spots for Bookworms in Tel Aviv While Tel Aviv is mainly known for its vibrant nightlife, its café and bar culture and its bustling beaches and streets, sometimes you may want to escape the crowds and settle down with a good book....

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Seeing Jerusalem from the Rooftops

The Uniqueness of Israel Seeing Jerusalem from the Rooftops Jerusalem is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As you explore the streets of both the new and old city you will come across countless stunning buildings, greenery and lovely views....

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Yemin Moshe – One of Jerusalem’s Hidden Treasures

The Uniqueness of Israel Yemin Moshe – One of Jerusalem’s Hidden Treasures Hidden right in the centre of Jerusalem is Yemin Moshe, one of the most beautiful and peaceful neighbourhoods in the entire city. The neighbourhood was built in the 1890’s by Moses Montefiore...

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Jerusalem’s First Train Station

The Uniqueness of Israel Jerusalem’s First Train Station Jerusalem’s First Train Station is a historic location that doubles up as a fantastic place for an afternoon or evening out. Amazingly, having opened in 1892, the train station remained in operation until the...

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Tasting Experiences At Israel’s Kibbutzim

The Uniqueness of Israel Tasting Experiences At Israel’s Kibbutzim Many of Israel’s kibbutzim are well known and during your gap year you are likely to visit at least one. The vast majority of kibbutzim have something worth visiting for, whether it is a historical...

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The Levinsky Spice Market

The Uniqueness of Israel The Levinsky Spice Market While the most famous market in Israel is in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv still has its fair share of markets and they are certainly worth a visit. One of these is the Levinsky Market, which some have described as a Pandora’s...

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The Unique Street Art of Machane Yehuda

The Uniqueness of Israel The Unique Street Art of Machane Yehuda   While during the week the streets of the Machane Yehuda market are packed with shoppers and sellers by day and restaurants and bars by night, on Saturdays the place is empty and silent with the...

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Machne Yehuda Market – By Night

The Uniqueness of Israel Machne Yehuda Market – By Night Once evening falls and the sellers have packed up for the day Machne Yehuda market transforms into one of the most vibrant night scenes that Jerusalem has to offer. The market is home to a number of bars, cafes...

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Machne Yehuda Market – By Day

The Uniqueness of Israel Machne Yehuda Market – By Day Machne Yehuda is Jerusalem’s main market, situated between Jaffa Street and Agripas Street just on the edge of the neighbourhood of Nachlaot. The market is comprised of two main streets, an open air street and a...

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The Best Museums to Visit in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel The Best Museums to Visit in Israel In a county with as much history and culture as Israel it is no surprise that there are a great many excellent museums to visit in the country. In fact there are more museums per capital in Israel than...

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Lag B’omer on Mount Meron

The Uniqueness of Israel   The Unique Experience of Lag B'omer on Mount Meron Lag B’Omer is the thirty-third day of the Omer, the seven week period which marks the 50 days between the Jews leaving Egypt and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. During the Omer...

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Water Hikes in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel Water Hikes in Israel One of the small downsides to Israel is that for many it can feel oppressively hot for much of the year. However, it is a great shame to miss seeing what the country has to offer just because of the heat and an excellent...

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Tel Aviv’s Best Beaches

The Uniqueness of Israel Tel Aviv’s Best Beaches As a coastal city it is no surprise that life in Tel Aviv is in many ways centred on the beach. Locals love to spend their free time hanging out by the sea, whether they are strolling along the promenade, going for a...

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Tekhelet – Have They Found The Real Thing?

The Uniqueness of Israel Tekhelet – Have They Found The Real Thing? Tekhelet is a blue dye that is mentioned frequently throughout the Torah (Old Testament). It was used in the creation of the Cohen HaGadol’s (High Priest’s) clothing, creating the tapestries in the...

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Jerusalem’s Nightlife

The Uniqueness of Israel Jerusalem's Nightlife One of Jerusalems best features is how varied it is and this is especially true when it comes to the nightlife. Regardless of what kind of night out you are after it is more than likely that it can be found in Jerusalem....

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The Israeli Army’s Code of Ethics

The Uniqueness of Israel The Israeli Army’s Code of Ethics One of the first things a soldier learns when beginning basic training in the Israeli Army is Ruach Tzahal or the Spirit of the IDF. This is a short document which represents the IDF’s code of ethics and all...

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Israeli sporting triumphs

The Uniqueness of Israel Israeli sporting triumphs While Israel may not be best known for its sporting achievements there is actually a large amount of sporting activity in the county and a fair amount of success. For instance at the 2015 European Games Israel brought...

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Avoiding Freshman 15 – Staying Fit in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel How to Avoid “The Freshman 15” – Staying Fit in Israel It is extremely normal for people to gain a bit of unwanted weight when they leave home for the first time and find themselves solely in charge of their meals. However, many people want to...

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Israeli Slang

The Uniqueness of Israel Israeli Slang When you come to Israel for your gap year with Aardvark you will spend time in Ulpan (language school) and improve your Hebrew skills over the course of the year. However, to make you feel more at home from the beginning it is...

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How Israel helped Nepal after the earthquake

The Uniqueness of Israel How Israel helped Nepal after the earthquake In April 2015 an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal and caused widespread devastation. Just a couple of weeks later the country was hit by a second earthquake measuring 7.3 on...

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The Top Restaurants to Visit in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel The Top Restaurants to Visit in Israel Israel has become somewhat of a Mecca for food lovers. The country is littered with top quality restaurants which cater for every taste. No matter what your budget or the type of food youre after it is...

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The Best Bakeries in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel The Best Bakeries in Israel Soon after you arrive in Israel for you gap year with Aardvark you will notice that Israelis love to eat. Israel is a country that is hugely passionate about food and this extends to pretty much every kind of food...

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The Best Places to Spend Shabbat

The Uniqueness of Israel The Best Places to Spend Shabbat During your gap year with Aardvark Israel there will be a number of weekends where you are free to do as you please and for many this will be a great opportunity to see more of the country or just get away from...

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The Best Places to Drink Coffee in Tel Aviv

The Uniqueness of Israel The Best Places to Drink Coffee in Tel Aviv If you have chosen to spend your gap year with Aardvark in Tel Aviv, or even if you are based in Jerusalem and are visiting Tel Aviv, there are sure to be times when you are after a cup of coffee....

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Top 5 Israeli Expressions

The Uniqueness of Israel Top 5 Israeli Expressions During your gap year with Aardvark you are guaranteed to learn a lot of Hebrew and vastly improve your language skills. While you will learn Hebrew in a formal manner in Ulpan, there are some phrases and expressions...

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Katamonim – Jerusalem’s Up and Coming Neighbourhood

The Uniqueness of Israel Katamonim – Jerusalem’s Up and Coming NeighbourhoodThose that spend their gap year with Aardvark Israel in Jerusalem will be living in the neighbourhood of Katamonim. The neighbourhood is located in the southwestern section of Jerusalem in...

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Israel – The Start-up Nation

The Uniqueness of Israel Israel – The Start-up Nation Over the last decade or so Israel has developed a worldwide reputation as a start-up nation. In other words, a country which has a huge number of newly established technological companies and is at the forefront of...

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Living in Tel Aviv’s Florentin Neighbourhood

The Uniqueness of Israel Living in Tel Aviv’s Florentin Neighbourhood If you choose to spend your gap year with Aardvark Israel in Tel Aviv you will be living in the Florentin neighbourhood. Located in the south of Tel Aviv, over the past couple of decades Florentin...

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5 Places to Travel on Your Free Weekend in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel 5 Places to Travel on Your Free Weekend in Israel While on your gap year with Aardvark Israel you will see a huge amount of the country and get to go on many exciting trips. However, we won’t fill up all of your time so that there will be some...

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Klal Yisrael – Nice Concept, Now See it in Action!

The Uniqueness of Israel Klal Yisrael – Nice Concept, Now See it in Action! First of all, for those not familiar with the phrase Klal Yisrael, it is a Yiddish expression which has been in use for centuries. Initially it was used as a way of referring to all the...

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Why Does China Look Up to Israel?

The Uniqueness of Israel Why Does China Look Up to Israel? Israel may not be known for having the best foreign relations and reputation around the world. However, there are certainly many countries that genuinely look up to Israel and appreciate the huge amount that...

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5 Classic Israeli Dishes to Make in Your Apartment

The Uniqueness of Israel 5 Classic Israeli Dishes to Make in Your Apartment While spending your gap year in Israel there is no doubt that you will frequently enjoy the massive amount of delicious street food that can be found right across the country: falafel,...

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How to Dress for Your Internship

The Uniqueness of Israel How to Dress for Your Internship As part of your time with Aardvark Israel you will have the chance to choose from a huge range of volunteer programs and internships. These are a great way of gaining some experience in a field that you are...

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Meetings The Last Jews of Ethiopia

The Uniqueness of Israel Meetings The Last Jews of Ethiopia If you choose to spend your gap year with Aardvark Israel there are a number of programs to choose from. One of which is the International Program. The program will take you to eight different countries and...

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Living with Jews from Across the World

The Uniqueness of Israel Living with Jews from Across the World Most of you will have grown up with some connection to your local Jewish community, whether it’s through school, synagogue, youth groups or anything else. While this can lead to some great experiences in...

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Off the beaten track in Israel

The Uniqueness of Israel Off the beaten track in Israel Many of you will have been to Israel in the past and visited a number of tourist sites such as the Old City in Jerusalem, the Knesset, the beaches along the coast, the standard museums such as the Israel Museum...

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Why Should I Take a Gap Year in Israel?

The Uniqueness of Israel Why Should I Take a Gap Year in Israel? You’re about to finish school and have a whole year to do what you want with. There will be multiple options in front of you and Israel is sure to be just one of many. The question then becomes, why...

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