I’m very lucky to have spent an incredible, varied and exciting year in Israel on my gap year. I wrote about it the other day, so here is the rest of it. I had a really great year, looking back 🙂
As Jews, it’s somewhat necessary to visit Poland if you’re lucky enough to have the chance. We made our way to Majdanek – the camp where everything is still there in front of your eyes. I don’t really wanna write about it, because it was all there – we saw it, and I don’t feel the need to go into details.
Volunteering in Lod
We live together in the house, go to work, have a budget of x ammount p/person p/day and we hafta shop and cook for ourselves. I’m helping teach English at a primary school here in Lod. “Teaching” implies helping them with worksheets or just talking to them in English – just give them an opportunity to speak English.
And in that month seasons are changing, there is chag and shabbat, a trip to eilat including the dead sea, ein gedi and a variety of hikes, a week of mechina (dont ask what it is exactly, what it involves or where it is…because i know as much as u do) and then half the girls are doing yam l’yam – 4 days of hiking literally across the country… and this is all what had to be packed for in one bag for a month.
The End – Closing Seminar
I realise now that I never wrote an email once I got back summing up the year and how I felt it changed me. Maybe back then I couldn’t see it, but looking back to 4 years ago I can really reflect on the different person I am today because of this incredible year.
Firstly I’m so lucky my parents forked out the money for me to have this experience. I really came into myself a bit more that year, and I felt it gave me some preparation for university. I really felt that I’d seen and experienced so much more than those who had come straight from school, or even those who had taken years off to travel. I learned so much about so many aspects of life, Judaism, and myself. I learned independence, how to cope living alone, how to deal with other people. I made some great friends along the way, many of whom I don’t speak to at all, others flew in from Australia to be at my wedding. You really create a bond with these people, and memories and experiences you’ll carry forever.
Let’s just say that 2008 was a pretty great year 🙂
I’d love to hear your gap year or travelling stories!