Summer has begun and it’s already off to a great start! We’ve tucked away the school supplies and we’ve brought out our favorite summer gear. Summer brings adventure, especially for our Alpha Phi ladies. This summer we’re going to give you a look into all of the awesome adventures that we are embarking on, across the US and the world!
Junior, Andrea Jankelow, started her summer far away from Columbia, Missouri. She traveled approximately 14 hours away, by flight of course, for her 10-day trip to Israel! Through a group called Mayanot, Andrea visited Israel to reconnect with her Jewish roots. She described the experience as the most unreal time of her life. In the 10-days, she traveled from the North of Israel, to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the South of Israel sleeping in tents in the desert and participating in a variety of activities. Throughout the 10-days, she hiked, scaled a 1500-foot mountain, visited ancient ruins and the old city/western wall, went camel riding, and swam in the dead sea. With all of those amazing experiences, it could be hard for some to pinpoint their favorite. However, what was Andrea’s favorite activity out of all of the amazing things she was able to do? It was when she visited an elementary school to teach English to 4th graders!
This trip was an eye opening experience for Andrea, going to a country where the atmosphere was unlike one that she had ever experienced. She left Israel with many new memories and a very different outlook. She said that it was very unbelievable to see the Israelis barely react to a bomb going off 3 miles away from where they were at the time. It definitely made her rethink how lucky we are for our safety in America!
We’re so glad Andrea had an amazing time in Israel reconnecting with her roots and learning to be even more proud of who she is and where she came from! We look forward to hearing from Alpha Phis all over the country and the world about their remarkable summers thus far! Make sure to keep up with our blog so that you can hear their wonderful stories too!