Source: MASA Israel Teaching Fellows
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month fellowship for college graduates aged 21 to 30—and it's your path to the experience of a lifetime. Boost your resume by developing leadership skills and gaining international experience. Immerse yourself in Israeli society and become an integral member of the city in which you live, teach and volunteer. The cost? Just $1,000 covers your flight, housing, monthly cash stipend and amenities. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a partnership of Masa Israel Journey, Israel’s Ministry of Education, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Created to address the achievement gap in Israel’s public education system, the program invites talented, English-speaking college graduates to Israel as English teachers’ aides. It’s a challenging, rewarding experience for our Teaching Fellows, and a vital investment in Israel’s future. Fellows provide small group instruction and tutoring to elementary and middle school students, while reducing class sizes so full-time teachers can work more effectively.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are selected from a competitive applicant pool made up of Jewish college graduates from English-speaking countries. Fellows must have some experience as educators, either formal or informal, and must demonstrate the ability to excel in a challenging, cross-cultural environment.
Fellows engage in an orientation in educational methods, created and led by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Through seminars and discussion, top educators from across Israel help you build your teaching skills and prepare you the Israeli classroom experience. While knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to serve as a teaching fellow, Fellows receive continuing Hebrew instruction two days per week throughout the year.
As an educated English speaker, you will be instrumental in strengthening your students’ English skills and confidence. Fellows are be placed in a public schools with one to two other fellows and volunteering 25-30 hours per week. You won’t be teaching full classes; you’ll take groups of three to five students out of the regular English class to provide personal attention and help them learn key concepts like vocabulary, grammar, and spelling.
As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in excursions and cultural travel experiences all around Israel that will expose you to modern Israeli society, the many layers of Jewish history, and the natural beauty of Israel. Every trip is led by professional guides, and all of the travel expenses are included. Evening programs such as speakers, presentations, and organized social nights are also scheduled periodically.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows operates in cities around Israel. Each city cohort is operated by a program provider that arranges housing, liaises with your schools, provides extracurricular programming and manages your day-to-day needs. The Fellowship runs from late August to June each year, with applications opening in the fall for the next year.
Find out more about Masa Israel Teaching Fellows here.