N: My name is Noga Amiri, I am 18 years old, and I’m from Holland. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Israel (my parents are Israeli, so I have an Israeli passport and speak Hebrew), and Holland. I am going into my first year of college.
How did you find yourself on Amirim? What is your internship placement?
N: I was unsure if I qualified for Birthright or not because I hold an Israeli passport, so I started looking into other options. My cousin did Amirim last year and had a great time, so she highly recommended it. I asked for an internship related to arts and culture, and this is the first year that there was a placement at the Israeli Museum.
I’m currently working on making a digital collection for the museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I am consolidating past exhibitions, writing translations in Hebrew and English, and putting a nice catalog together that is available to the public. I plan on studying art history in college, but I am not fully sure yet, so this is a really good opportunity for me.
Are you enjoying Amirim?
N: I am having a really good time on Amirim, because it is so different to be here with a group and have a sense of independence here. It’s really different from being here with my family. I am seeing so many things on the day trips, in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and everywhere else that I never would have seen otherwise. Nobody in my group came in knowing each other, so it made bonding with each other easier. I am closer with some participants than others, but for the most part it is a really great group!