Shavua Tov Varks ✨
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Meet our STUDENT OF THE WEEK Raya Holz from Beachwood, Ohio!
"Choosing to come on Aardvark Israel after finding my Freshman Year of College uninspiring, has proven to be an AMAZING decision. I was hungry for real world, thought-provoking experiences and this semester has given me everything I was craving and then some!
At first, I was hesitant to take a Gap Year after it felt like the obvious time to do so had already passed. I could have muscled through three more years to get my degree and make my parents proud, but like Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.'
Without fail, I find myself beyond grateful and in awe of the opportunities and personal growth that I have had in just a few months." Click on the LINK IN BIO to read more about Raya's internship which has connected her to an impressive network of Entrepreneurs in the StartUp world, the International Trips she has been on and what she has gained from them, and how she is making the most of every opportunity presented to her!
The Dolac Market located in Zagreb a few meters from the main city. A farmers market well known for its combination of traditional items; home-made food goods, fresh fruit, and vegetables.
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Today the Jerusalem students went to the city of Abu Gosh with Hinam - an orginasation that promotes grass roots interaction by having participants take the viewpoint of an invited guest: The locals invite interaction and hence do not feel “observed” but rather get to educate and interact and have the opportunity to engage Israeli society, as important to their youth as to ours. Being a guest rather than a tourist engenders appreciation, respect and open mindedness rather than judgment and superiority.
To see more photos and hear from the parent of a current student who joined the group today, visit our Facebook page 👍🏽
🇱🇺Luxembourg is full of Christmas spirit. It is the one of Europe’s smallest countries is filled to the brim with lights, festivities, and the music of the season. In the winter, it feels like the entire old town of Luxembourg City becomes a Christmas market.
Meet Daniel Nurick, our STUDENT OF THE WEEK from Vancouver, Canada!
"For all those looking to spend a year in Israel, I would recommend Aardvark Israel - for its mix of great planned activities and free time, which allows us to explore our interests and Israeli society!" Read about why Daniel chose Aardvark Israel ( Thank You @galnurick )and all about his favorite part of the program ( @sultana_vegan ), by clicking on the LINK IN BIO!
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The Zagreb Cathedral is located on the Kaptol. This is the tallest building in Croatia and can be seen from most parts of the city.
This is a Roman Catholic institution being the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps. It’s dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus.
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Tel Aviv students @keren.dekel and @elianasophiefranks took some gorgeous photos of some of their friends yesterday when they visited the Weizmann Institute of Science for Tiyul Tuesday! We just love 🌻☀️💛
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No Prague-blems here 🇨🇿!
Czech out just some photos of our students currently in the Czech Republic! From eating the traditional Trdelnik to visiting the Bone Church in Kutna Hora, our group is doing it all!
To see more photos, visit our Facebook page 👍🏽
Meet our STUDENT OF THE WEEK Carmel Madadshahi from Los Angeles, CA!
"For the past two and a half months, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to live in the heart of Tel Aviv (next semester in Jerusalem!) with friends from all corners of the Earth. Each one of us come from different backgrounds, with different memories and journeys, yet we are all experiencing the adventure of living in this amazing country together. I have learned things about myself that only come with stepping out of my comfort zone and have surrounded myself with people who push me to the best version of myself." To read more about how and why Carmel decided to take a Gap Year, about her internship with a fashion photographer, and her advice for anyone considering a gap year, click on the LINK IN BIO!
We would like to reassure that all of our students are safe and informed with security instructions. We are in constant contact and direct communication with the relevant government bodies, Jewish Agency, and @masaisrael
The Maribor Cathedral dates back to the 12 century. This is a Roman Catholic Cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
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Squad Goals ✌🏽
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Have an (n)ice day ⛄️!
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Challah at us ! Shabbat Shalom Varks ✨
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Meet Essence Slomianski, our STUDENT OF THE WEEK from Miami, Florida!
"My advice for potential students coming to the program would be to be open-minded. You’re going to be living a different life than you’re used to – get accustomed to the idea of spending time with a different group of people, going places you didn’t know existed or eating foods you have never even heard of.
Meet these new experiences with open arms, and you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life here in Israel." Read more about why Essence chose Aardvark Israel, her Internship, and why she is thankful she came on the program!
Click on the LINK IN BIO!
10 717 November, 2019
Looking forward to the weekend, but looking back on some memories from our last two months in Israel ✨
Nothing could ruin this Tiyul Tuesday! The Tel Aviv Varks spent the day exploring Caesarea and learning the History behind the ruins.
To see more photos, and read about their day, check out our Facebook page 👍🏽
David, but not Michelangelo’s David... Sadly I didn’t have time to go inside Galleria dell'Accademia to see that actual statue while in Florence. Luckily there was a full-size replica in the Piazza della Signoria.
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Why have one student of the week, when you can have two?! Meet our first STUDENT OF THE WEEK, Jono Levit from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania!
"Today, just two months into the program I can confidently say I made the right choice in choosing Aardvark Israel. Each day I learn more and more. Whether it is figuring out how to live cohesively with roommates or in my Ulpan where I am working hard on mending my broken Hebrew. As for my Internship, I couldn’t be happier. I get to explore my passion for the environment by working with Gigawatt Global a renewable energy company that helps to provide electricity to third world countries. While other students may feel that they are doing “intern work”, I feel like a member of the team at Gigawatt." Read more about Jono's first time at the Kotel, the friends he's made on the program, and the Tsevet Mikey - צוות מייקי training he does, by clicking on the LINK IN BIO!
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Find yourself a friend who will help you to the top of the mountain on that 6am hike 🌄 #motivationalmonday
The final piece for now that I’ve photographed of Salvador Dalí’s works in Vicenza. This is the Elephant of Triumph in Piazza dei Signori.
The soaring Elephant is an iconic figure among the works of Salvador Dalí. The image of the elephant with arachnid legs, later made famous by oil on canvas by Dalí in 1946.
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Boys just want to be Sababa ✌🏽
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Meet Nate Swidler, our STUDENT OF THE WEEK from London, England (but originally New York!)!
"Aardvark Israel has filled our schedule to the brim giving us the chance to see Israel as we want to see it, from tours of Jaffa to the gardens of Zichron Ya’akov. Through commuting to my Hi-Tech Internship right by the Sarona Market, and sinking my teeth into the stories of the leaders that brought Israel from a millennia-long dream to reality - I’m wasting no time in adapting to life as an Israeli. And that translates into my Ulpan classes as well, which don’t solely entail a perfect chance to develop my linguistic capabilities. By living in Israel, I am more than simply learning how to read, write and speak Hebrew. I’m immersing myself in the societal norms, discovering the people, literature, and history behind the language. I’m delving into the curiosities of various cultures while exploring the ever-evolving meanings of their idioms."
To read more about Nate, his connection with his Madrich (shout-out to @shrikidaniel ), living in Florentin, and why he chose to come on Aardvark Israel, click on the LINK IN BIO!
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A rare sighting of the outside world.
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Another successful Tiyul Tuesday 🙌🏽
Visiting a Bedouin Village, swimming at Ein Mabu Spring, and a BBQ in the desert at the Director’s house! Here are just a few photos but to see more, visit our Facebook page 👍🏽
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Na na banana 🍌 we went to Raanana for the @masaisrael Fellows Festival 2019! Here are just some photos, more coming soon!
( caption credit: @daniella_baird )
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This clock is an example of how felt today with the time change here in Italy. A little wonky especially when talking to people back home b/c the time hasn’t changed in the states, so today felt a little off but another beautiful day in Vicenza.
This sculpture “The Dance of Time III” done by Salvador Dalí was placed overnight along with 5 others in Vicenza. This particular one can be found in Piazza San Lorenzo.
Meet Talya Wittenberg our STUDENT OF THE WEEK from Atlanta, Georgia 🍑!
"For anyone contemplating a gap year, just do it. It’s always been my dream to go on endless adventures with people I love. I’m only two months in and the memories, jokes, smiles, and late night adventures I have had is enough to fill a lifetime. A gap year is the greatest use of time. It gives you the opportunity to breathe, and to find out who you are, and I am doing just that!" Read more about Talya's experiences in Israel and the Top 5 things she has learned so far, by clicking on the LINK IN BIO!
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After all is sand and done, today was a GREAT day!
We frolicked in the sand dunes, hiked up a mountain, oil painted the sunrise, learned Israeli dancing, and that’s just the beginning! We even got rained on in the Negev, and it never rains in the desert!
Go to our Facebook page to see many more photos and read in detail about today’s INCREDIBLE day ✨
Internship in the Spotlight: Hey, I’m David Muchnick from Long Island, New York. I came to Aardvark Israel because I thought that this program was an incredible way to make use of my time before I begin college. Aardvark allowed me to have the incredible experience of being in Israel, something I had never before been able to do. Aardvark also gave me my internship, working in an Archaeological Dig. This internship takes place in Jerusalem, surrounded by neighbouring villages. The views are beautiful, with the Dead Sea on one side, and the entire city of Jerusalem on the other. I feel like my work is meaningful because it is work that proves the Jews were here, in Israel. Everyone is telling us that Israel is not our home, that we shouldn’t be here, but my job allows us to find the evidence ourselves and prove that we belong here. I can’t wait to continue learning, growing, and having fun with Aardvark and my friends.
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•It's a me, myself kinda attitude•
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Meet Gaby Sugarman, our STUDENT OF THE WEEK, from Long Island, New York!
“I’m looking forward to most in my year here is meeting more people and experiencing all Israel has to offer. Israel is so amazing and so unique in so many ways, I’m beyond happy I made this decision to come on Aardvark Israel and I’m so excited for the rest of my year in israel!”
Read the three things that are the most important aspects of Gaby’s experience so far and her advice for future Aardvarkians, by clicking on the LINK IN BIO!
"Jerusalem as a City is a gold mine, (ירושלים של זהב)for so many things with its rich historic sites, fantastic marketplaces like the shuk and Ben Yehuda, and the ability to immerse anybody in the culture wherever they go in the city.
However, one thing about Jerusalem stands out more than others and it’s something that most people don’t even take notice too, The Graffiti.
On Tuesday morning we went on a tour of Jerusalem visiting various graffiti sites in the city. It was mesmerizing experiencing taking in the meaning behind the art that at first glance looked meaningless. Artists express their true feelings through the art even if the writing is not socially accepted. Any one person who is not an artist can still do graffiti. After a terrorist attack killed a 17 yr old kid along with 16 others, a friend of the 17 yr old went to the area of which the attack occurred and simply wrote the date and time of when the attack occurred. So simple and yet so meaningful, graffiti can reach people and be expressed in so many ways. The best part about graffiti is that no matter what you paint, all of the art is made anonymously so therefore it’s just a way to express feelings rather than a way to slander people for their societal opinions. While graffiti is a way to express your feelings anonymously there are two rules that everybody follows no matter their beliefs. The first is that graffiti will not be done on Jerusalem stone and the second is that Gods name is never erased once it is put up on a wall. With so little rules graffiti has taken so many paths from the generic spray paint on buildings to stickers put up on lampposts. All of these different styles of graffiti all connect in the end for two reasons. Graffiti is the true expression of Jerusalem culture and every graffiti artist has a signature and after all, that’s what connects a seemingly meaningless street art to the historic beauty of Jerusalem(ירושלים של זהב)" - @magicmikesm
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The Comb of the Wind (second and third photo) is a collection of three sculptures by Eduardo Chillida arranged as an architectural work by the Basque architect Luis Peña Ganchegui. For both, this is one of their most important and well-known works. The Comb of the Wind is located at the western end of La Concha Bay, at the end of Ondarreta beach, in the municipality of San Sebastián, in the province of Guipúzcoa, in the Basque Country of Spain. It is made up of three of Chillida’s monumental steel sculptures, weighing 10 tons each, embedded in natural rocks rising from the Cantabrian Sea. The work was completed in 1976
Chag Sameach from Aardvark Israel!! 🍋🌿
This Sukkot may you and your family be blessed with abundant happiness, health and gratitude!
To see more photos of our students celebrating Sukkot in Israel, check out our Facebook page 👍🏽
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Shabbat is for the boys ✌🏽(but also everyone else)
Shabbat Shalom Vark family ✨!
We ♥️ when our Alumni (Aardvark 2017-2018) living in Israel, come to visit us in the office!
Micha from Amsterdam, Tami from Switzerland, and Shlomi from Maryland!
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Meet our STUDENT OF THE WEEK Ian Kanev from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts!
"I think that coming to Israel could end up being one of the best decisions I could’ve made, and that the things I learn in the next three months will continue to help me for the rest of my life. What bad could possibly come out of gaining valuable work experience, learning another language, and figuring out how to live without parental support, right?!" Read more about Ian's first month and internship by clicking on the LINK IN BIO!
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Me: I think if I had to chose I’d probably be the slightly neurotic, clean freak, funny and sometimes awkward child of Monica and Chandler 🤓.
“You could tell the whole city was readying for a day of fasting and self reflection: stores closed early and the streets were left empty, cars replaced by groups of people in white going to pray. At night we walked to the Western Wall and I felt an indescribeable energy in the movement of hundreds of bodies and the intersection of different melodies of the same prayer. The day of Yom Kippur is when the kids take over- flying through the empty streets on bikes, big wheels, and whatever else. In the morning I sampled two different synagogues; the reform synagogue and the Great Synagogue, each with a different brand of Judaism. I spent my afternoon in the park during the fast, taking a nap while others played cards. It was a spectacle to be in a city that sounded like the countryside. After the final blow of the shofar, Break fast was a relief. We talked about the year ahead with our new Aardvark friends!” - @benjamin_newman_