Masa Israel Journey Blog

August 10, 2016

By Andria Kaplan Aylyarov


Studying abroad is a magical time. It’s a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself to new cultures, languages and most of all meet new people. Whether you’re venturing on this semester abroad with a gang from your home university or flying solo put meeting these 11 people at the top of your to-do list. It’ll make your Israel experience well worth it.


1. The Kibbutznik
A kibbutz is a place you heard your parents or grandparents speak about; it was the “birthright” experience of the 1960’s. The people living on the kibbutz, known as the kibbutznik shaped your parent's vision of Israel. Meet someone who lives on or is from a kibbutz and learn about the kibbutz life and its contribution to Israel. 

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August 10, 2016

Copenhagen may be a top study abroad destination, but wouldn’t you rather spend your semester abroad immersed in a 5,000-year-old city accompanied by a gorgeous Mediterranean climate?

We thought so and here are 4 reasons why ancient streets are better than snow:

The Culture

Copenhagen welcomes a great European culture which is worth seeing at some point in life. When you’re young and looking to have the best 5 months ever, you spend it amongst as many cultures as possible. There’s nowhere better to do this than in Jerusalem. The city streets are bursting with people from around the world, both locals and tourists. Don’t be surprised if one moment you’re talking to someone from France then the next someone...

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August 10, 2016

Six years ago I embarked on an unknown journey that changed my life. As a fresh-faced English grad from King’s College, Cambridge I had no idea what I would do in Israel, but I knew I needed to be in Israel and be a part of its incredible energy.


Kibbutz life had always sparked my interest and so did learning Hebrew, so I did what many new Olim do, I moved to a kibbutz, started Ulpan and worked in the kitchen.


It didn’t take long for me to realize the kibbutz life wasn’t for me; I knew I was a city person. Like many people that come to Israel, the start-up scene, abundance of innovation and thriving entrepreneurs entranced me. I wanted to break into this scene but was never quite sure how.


I was an English...

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