Gap Year in Israel

Jesse Mandel Start Date: Dec 29, 2017 - End Date: Jun 28, 2018

My Travel Story

by: Jesse Mandel Start Date: Dec 29, 2017 - End Date: Jun 28, 2018
I am graduating high school this year and havo no idea what I want to study in college.  Aardvark Israel is a 9 month program that sets you up with living accomodations, internships, college credit, hebrew classes, and travelling opportunities.  These experiences will help me find my passion, and focus for a four-year degree.  I have already been accepted to Portland State University, and will be applying to other universities prior to my travel.  Israel interests me for a few reasons; I have recently discovered through a DNA test that I am 40% Israeli and would love to explore the culture.  My parents also met on a similar trip to Israel.  As a jewish person, I feel a connection to Israel and would love to learn more about it.  There is a lot of conflict in Israel, and I am troubled by the intensity and history of this conflict. I hope to gain a better understanding, and that someday Israel can be a peaceful place for all that wish to live there.  I have also always wanted to travel abroad, but haven't had the financial means to do the traveling I want, and this is a perfect opportunity to travel.