Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 12, 2019
Another busy week has come to an end here at Aardvark Tel-Aviv and our students are slowly settling into the program’s daily routine. Now it is my pleasure to tell you about the best moments from this week’s activities.
On Sunday, we began the week with two new learning programs. One is “Chugim” such as yoga, health and wellness, life skills, etc… The other is service learning, a course for credit in which the students can learn about different entrepreneurial methods that support society.
After class, the students went to their internship and volunteering. Our sea sports group spent their day at Tel Aviv lake and enjoyed an awesome wakeboard surfing activity on a beautiful artificial lake in the city. They had a wonderful time and came back excited and satisfied.
On Sunday evening, the Madrichim met with the students for their apartment meetings. Each Madrich chose a different activity according to the needs of the group. Daniel’s group had an activity in which they shared their individual successes and challenges from the program so far.
On Monday evening, we had an amazing optional activity called Master Chef. I’m proud to say that most of the students chose to take part and it was great to see our “Moadon” packed with students cooking together trying to win the title of “Aardvark Israel Master Chef”. The students were divided into groups and each group had to prepare a special ethnic dish within a given budget. After the cooking was complete, we sat around the table for a delicious hand-made meal!
Tuesday was Election Day in Israel. Therefore, our students were free that day and had the opportunity to explore the city and the country on their own. The results of the elections are very close between the two lead parties and we are going to have to stay tuned to see “aces” our politicians can pull out of their sleeves. Of course, this situation is also an amazing opportunity for many debates and conversations with our students. We discussed the elections in most of the academic classes and during our daily interaction with the students. This is an historical time to be in Israel and I welcome you as parents to encourage your children to explore this political tension, which will continue into the near future.
On Wednesday, we had a crazy competition in the streets of Tel Aviv Called “Herzel Says”. In the competition, the students had to complete tasks such as riding a stranger’s bike, creating a street performance in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and more. The students had to dress up crazy to get in the mood and the energy level was amazing! It was great to see them running and working together as apartments, we had so much fun. At the end of the activity, we came to the Moadon and we watched a video summarizing the activity, it was hilarious.
On Thursday, we met in the morning for class followed by internships and volunteering. In the afternoon, the students met with their Madrichim for a short apartment meeting to conclude the week and go through next week’s schedule.
The Madrich on call for this weekend is Daniel.
Next week we will go to Jaffa in order to explore the co-existence between the Arab and Jewish populations in this amazing city, which is part of Tel Aviv and yet feels like another country.
One last thing. On September 29th until October 1st we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Israel. We want the student to take advantage of the special holiday opportunity and spend this time with families. Especially the “Erev Chag” meal, (September 29th).
On Sunday, we will check with the students to make sure that they have friends or families to go to. In addition, we will help find host families for the holidays for those students who don’t have anywhere to go to.
I would like to ask for your support in this process. If your child has a place to go to for the holiday, please encourage him/her to invite one or two friends from the program. That way, our student will gain a meaningful experience from the holiday and also quality time with their friends.