Ashkelon

Program Description

 

Aardvark Israel - Year

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Program Description

Aardvark Israel Programs offer Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.

You can customize your experience even further by choosing one of our

Special Interest Add-Ons:

-Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army

-Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances

-Entrepreneurship Track

-Law and Government Track

-Sea Sports Track

Highlights

-          Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

-          Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia

-          Unique internship and volunteering opportunities

-          Live with students from all over the world

-          Earn university academic credit

 

Aardvark International

Program Description

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts to Bring Home from Israel

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As programs wind down and Masa Israel participants prepare to head home, here are a few ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts to pick up before heading to the airport:

 

1. A cheesy tourist t-shirt

 

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Stacey Abendstern

Videos

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Hebrew University - Hebrew Immersion Program

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Program Description

HIP at HUJI offers a unique immersion experience for scholars and professionals interested in working knowledge of Hebrew and valuable connections with Israeli organizations and professionals, through daily interactions.
 
Our immersion experience offers an interactive Hebrew speaking environment at the geo-center of Israeli society and culture.
 
Special emphasis is placed on practical Hebrew, both spoken and written. Combining formal study with daily exposure to the country, its peoples and organizations, the program reinforces classroom learning with guest lectures, field trips, cultural activities and an internship, in Hebrew at student level.
 
This program is designed for students and scholars , as well as government employees , business professionals , journalists , and professionals of Jewish organizations , political science , anthropologists , diplomats , sociologists ,Hi-tech personnel and anyone interested in having a working knowledge of Hebrew within Israeli culture.
 

Carlie Dobkin -Israel Way Intern Tel Aviv

Carlie Dobkin -Israel Way Intern Tel Aviv

Israel Way-Internship Tel Aviv

 After graduating from college a year early, Carlie Dobkin was looking for something different to do while all her friends were still in school. She found Masa Israel's internship program though Destination Israel and decided to leave her hometown of Chicago for this unique experience that she hoped would be a great transition into the working world as well as an opportunity to go abroad.

Playbuzz is an online media platform that creates entertaining and shareable content. They engage users all over the world with funny quizzes, lists, polls, and more. Being a content writer, Carlie is the person who creates those quizzes and lists.

Playbuzz treats Carlie as a valuable employee and she loves that if she has an idea she has the independence to run with it without asking permission from her supervisor beforehand.

"At Playbuzz, I always feel appreciated and challenged. I am constantly busy and I'm always doing real work for the company. I don't feel like an intern, I feel like an employee," Carlie says.

Halfway through the internship, Carlie has already started looking into ideas for next year. She applied to several online media jobs in the states as well as graduate programs in fine arts and screenwriting. Of course, Carlie hopes she can continue freelancing for Playbuzz from the US.

When summing up her invaluable experience, Carlie says "I've been in Illinois all my life. I grew up in the suburbs and then went to Northwestern for school. I've never been far from home. This was a brave thing for me to do and I am happy with my decision. I've met AMAZING friends here that I hope to keep for a long time. Living abroad is something everyone should do once in their lives. It teaches us to be independent and also immerses us in a totally different culture. Israel is a really cool place, Tel Aviv specifically. The weather is awesome, the outdoor fitness is wonderful, and the food is the best. I know when I get back; I will never be able to eat Sabra hummus again!! "

 

Tamar Brendzel-MITF

Tamar Brendzel-MITF

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows

Growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it is understandable how Tamar Brendzel, 24, can have a hard time with the “sabra” nature of Israelis. It’s a far cry from the “Minnesota nice” nature of the community she grew up in. However, the ups and downs she faces during her year in Israel are all part of the experience that has had a huge impact on her life.

Tamar grew up attending synagogue and Hebrew school, but it was her Taglit-Birthright trip, during her freshman year of college, that exposed her to Masa and the idea of spending an extended period of time in Israel. This Indiana University Bloomington biology major was inspired. Her parents both lived in Israel for a year after college and their connection to Israel motivated her to find her own connection, leading her to choose the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program. Her interest in serving neglected communities in Israel by encouraging education made the MITF Rechovot program a perfect fit for her.

Tamar works at Sinai Elementary School, a religious school with a primarily Ethiopian and Yemenite student population, teaching English to grades fourth through sixth. Many of her students come from low socio-economic status. Along with her teaching and biweekly Ulpan classes, she volunteers once a week at a Matnas (community center) in Rehovot.

            Tamar feels that one of my most important jobs as an English teacher is to show the students that she values them and is rooting for their success. Many of her students do not get this level of love and support at home. Her biggest successes have been getting disengaged students to reengage by showing them how fun and important English can be through songs, plays, and games. Something that gives Tamar hope is that even with all the problems her students face, both in school and in Israeli society, they are smart, fun, resilient, and loving and she believes they can be successful in the future.

            Currently, Tamar is searching for a job in the science and education fields. Even though the year is coming to an end, Tamar is thankful for everything she has learned, the amazing friends she has made, and the unique and meaningful experience that will last her a lifetime.

Blake Yospa-ITF

Blake Yospa-ITF

Israel Teaching Fellows

Growing up in Baltimore, Blake Yospa, 26, felt connected to Judaism through the Reform synagogue where his mother worked and he attended Hebrew school. However, after his bar mitzvah, Blake grew less affiliated.

“Being part of a religious minority, I considered myself an outcast,” Blake explains.

However, that all changed in the winter of 2014, when Blake travelled to Israel for the first time with Birthright-Taglit Israel. “I honestly did not feel a connection to Israel or any Jewish community until I went on Birthright,” the Towson University alum remembers.

Blake extended his trip to stay with a friend from home who was living in Netanya as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. During his stay in Netanya, Blake spent a day in school with his friend, and decided that he too wanted to come back to Israel and teach for a year. Dissatisfied with his career path and looking to make a difference, Blake had nothing holding him back; Masa Israel Teaching Fellows made sense at that point in his life. “This teaching program offered me a chance to live abroad for an extended period of time, while giving back to those in need,” Blake explains.

Now, a little over a year later, Blake lives in Rishon LeZion as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. He teaches at a primary school in a mid-to-low socioeconomic neighborhood right outside of Rishon LeZion, where his students make him laugh and the faculty members are warm and welcoming. ”I come to school with a smile on my face every day,” Blake says.

Outside of the classroom, Blake tutors some of his students, which allows for him to grow extremely close with both the children and their families. “I have developed such a close relationship with them that I’ve been invited over for the Pesach seder.”  On top of the tutoring, Black volunteers at a school running sports programs for the students. In his spare time, he explores Israel on organized tours with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, and on spontaneous adventures with his friends.

Today, after several months as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, Blake feels that his experience on the Masa program has changed him in many ways. “After living here for almost seven months, I’m happy to associate myself with Israel and being Jewish,” Blake says. He also feels that this experience has been self-enriching and has helped him grow spiritually and mature as a person.

When Masa Israel Teaching Fellows ends in June, Blake plans to return to the States to pursue a career in the field in which he earned his degree, sports management. “I would love to get a job with my local JCC in the recreational sports department and then perhaps move to minor or professional sports,” Blake says. Still, Blake remains open to any interesting opportunity that comes his way and he would have never said that two years ago. 

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