My 5 months in Kiryat Shmona was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Living in the periphery is a very unique experience and would recommend it to anyone who is considering.
It allows you do to get an idea of the many different types of life styles that exist in Israel. Having the opportunity to travel from Eilat in the far south, home to Kiryat Shmona in the far north, allowed me to get a taste of vast culture that exists between the opposite corners of the country. I would do it again in a heartbeat.