Israel Teaching Fellows is about so much more than classroom experiences. Here’s what to look forward to as a Fellow!
HEBREW LANGUAGE TRAINING
Teaching Fellows will receive Hebrew instruction at the start of the year (~40 academic hours) with the option to continue learning on their own. If you are nervous about not knowing Hebrew prior to arrival, don't worry! We find it more beneficial for the students to learn from you – and with you – as they teach you their favorite Hebrew phrases.
Fellows take part in an orientation in educational methods, created and led by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Through seminars and discussions, top educators from across Israel will help you build your teaching skills and prepare you for the Israeli classroom experience. During the year, pedagogical seminars and resources will continue to support your teaching effectiveness.
IN THE CLASSROOM
The nature of your teaching experience will vary based on the track you choose – COMPARE TRACKS. All Fellows are expected to work 25 hours per week in school – which works out to 20 hours of teaching/tutoring and five hours of preparation.
In addition to your time with students, Fellows choose a secondary community volunteer project for approximately five hours a week, with different options available depending on your city placement and according to your background and interests. Some past projects include coaching sports, directing after-school drama programs, and working with adults on English reading and speaking skills.
Your Fellowship includes various 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 travel expenses are included. Evening programs such as speakers, presentations, and organized social nights occur periodically. Sundays are typically dedicated to tours, professional training, and self-exploration.
Teaching Fellows live in the community in which they work, so you’ll have ten months to get to know your city like a local. Outside of daily volunteering and scheduled programming, your nights, weekends, and holidays are free for you to explore Israel on your own.
IN THEIR WORDS
Masa has given me a great opportunity to explore Israel, make new friends in a new country, and teach some amazing kids to read, write, and speak English. Whether I’m coming up with lesson plans with my co-Fellow, teaching children, or exploring the city, I’ve had so many memorable experiences that I’ll carry with me forever.
I have met incredible people and have learned so much about this amazing country. I have loved working with my teachers and students and have made such great connections with them. It has been awesome being able to see how much they have improved from the beginning of the year.
My experience has been far beyond what I anticipated. I had no idea what to expect when walking into the school for the first time, but the experience has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable. The opportunity to volunteer at a variety of organizations has been equally fulfilling.