Big Idea Gap Year @ Aardvark Israel
This robust gap year program is designed for Jewish young adults, ages 17-21, who are interested in technology and expanding their professional skills. Bringing together students from around the world, participants will enjoy the benefits of being part of a select group of technology-minded peers while also being a part of the larger, diverse community of Aardvark Israel.
Weaving together all the excellent components of two existing gap year programs, Big Idea Gap Year @ Aardvark Israel capitalizes on the best of what two successful organizations offer their participants.
BIG IDEA @ Aardvark Israel provides participants intensive hi-tech training, professional internships, and a one-of-a-kind Startup Nation experience! It is the ideal choice for anyone looking to boost their career in technology while also having an immersive, educational, and fun experience in Israel.
Participants will gain all the skills necessary to become a front-end developer through a hands-on course in Jerusalem, earning an official developer certification, and gaining resume-ready skills. In addition to the tech courses, participants will go on weekly field trips around Israel, take immersive Hebrew classes, earn up to 21 university credits in Hebrew and other relevant electives, participate in extracurricular activities, and intern alongside Israelis at leading startups in Tel Aviv!
BIG IDEA Educational Projects Ltd. has been creating meaningful experiences in Israel for young adults and teens since 2008. They strive to be the leading organization in Israel and in the Jewish communities around the world in informal education in the fields of innovation, creativity, technology, and science. Every year, thousands of participants get together to create, invent and design at various BIG IDEA programs.
Aardvark Israel, established in 2010, is a leader in the world of Israel gap year programs. Its mission is to bring together in Israel a diverse group of students from all over the world for meaningful, life-changing gap year experiences that strengthen their Jewish identity, deepen their commitment to Israel, and foster their personal growth. Recognizing that every student has a different set of objectives for their Israel experience, Aardvark Israel offers a menu of opportunities allowing students to personalize their program in Israel.
Our Educational Guidelines
- Innovation and Creativity
- Israel - the Start-Up Nation
- Leadership and Social Impact
- BIG IDEA International Tech Camps in Israel
- Onward Israel tech Internships - Engineering and recherche
- BIG IDEA @The JCC: Hi-Tech Day Camp in partnerships with local JCCs - Kaplen JCC on The Palisades, JCC Chicago, Bender JCC of Greater Washington DC and more.