- Ashdod, Israel; Beersheba, Israel; Ramla, Israel; Netanya, Israel; Petah Tikva, Israel; Rehovot, Israel; Lod, Israel; Rishon Leziyyon, Israel; Nazareth, Israel; Bet She'An, Israel; Migdal Ha'Emeq, Israel
- Program Type:
- Volunteer Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Work Types:
- Arts, Children, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Social Services
- 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year
- Program Description:
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month fellowship for Jewish college graduates ages 21 to 30.
Inside the classroom, you'll assist English teachers in an Israeli elementary or middle school classroom in an underserved community. Help us close the achievement gap in the Israeli education system.
Whether or not you have previous experience working in a classroom, you will train with leading educators from across Israel, through specialized seminars developed by Israel's Ministry of Education.
Outside of the classroom, you can design your own volunteer project based on your personal interests. Past Fellows' projects include organizing community theater productions, facilitating extra-curricular youth programs, and coaching Israeli youth in football.
Develop professional and leadership skills, learn Hebrew and tour all around Israel. Become an integral part of the community in which you live, teach and volunteer - live Israel like a local.
- 1,000 USD. Tuition includes housing, flights to and from Israel, Hebrew language classes, trips around the country, and enrichment programs. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 Shekels (~$250).
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Masa Israel offers automatic grants and need-based scholarships to young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who have never been on a long-term, organized program in Israel.
Based on 2 Reviews
- Masa Israel - Teaching Fellows05/20/16
If you are a recent college graduate looking for the opportunity of a lifetime, this is the program for you! I was a Teaching Fellow in the city of Rehovot (about 25 minutes from Tel Aviv), where I lived and volunteered in an elementary school four days
a week. While there is no such thing as a typical day, especially in Israel, I found that a normal week would include training and seminars on Sunday, working in school Monday-Thursday, and Friday and Saturday off for Shabbat. We also went on a few trips, or tiyyulim in Hebrew, going everywhere from the Galilee in the north to Eilat and the shores of the Red Sea in the south! You can become a Teaching Fellow in a variety of cities, including Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Netanya, and more! The cost is extremely subsidized by Masa. Your housing is included, and typically you receive a small stipend for your local expenses, such as groceries and bus transportation. Ulpan and seminars are also included, and are highly beneficial both to your teaching experience and to your Hebrew learning experience. We attended Ulpan classes twice a week - no previous Hebrew knowledge required! I was fortunate to learn some Hebrew during my undergraduate studies, and it definitely helped, so if you have the time I would recommend trying to at least learn the alphabet and some basic phrases before you go! These formal education opportunities gave us the tools to become stronger educators and stronger people. We learned about the multi-level history and culture of Israeli society, and grew to understand the importance of the Jewish homeland. Experiencing it through Taglit or another short trip is always wonderful, but being able to spend 10 months immersed in Israeli culture was priceless. I had a victory moment when someone asked me for directions at the bus stop about halfway through my time in Israel, not only did I 'look' like I belonged, but I was able to speak Hebrew and give the correct directions! These small victories constantly happen, and you should always look out for them. The lessons you learn and the lessons you teach are truly invaluable. One of my favorite moments was tutoring a 5th grader who was struggling with learning to read English; we worked together over the course of the year and were able to communicate with each other in ways we never thought possible. I found that teaching English required a lot more Hebrew than I thought! On the day that my student was able to read and recognize his own name in English, it was one of the happiest moments of my life. There is no greater feeling than helping someone in need, and helping a child is the most rewarding feeling of all. If you are seeking an experience where you will grow, feed your soul, learn about your Jewish identity, and spend time at some of the most amazing beaches, then I highly recommend you take on a Masa Teaching Fellowship.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Best Way to Experience Israel Post-College05/19/16
I signed up for Project Otzma looking for an inexpensive way to spend a year after college learning and adventuring overseas (in Israel), and it turned into one of the turning points of my life. Billed as a leadership development and volunteer program,
I looked forward to teaching English and working with kids, with time to adventure and explore the country on top. The educational and leadership curriculum organized by the staff and facilitated by outside professionals added so much value to the program, it make me re-consider my professional goals and helped me find my life's calling. Otzma arranges three 3-month sections, starting with language immersion courses and a few hours of volunteer work per day, moving onto full-time volunteering in one of several dozen communities across the country, and a final stretch of working on a kibbutz, serving in the army or doing some kind of internship. Each three-month chunk is peppered with enrichment events, either with the entire group or locally in the base city. Attendance at large-scale educational and networking events were also very common. One of the best things about Otzma, aside from the attentive staff, is that the program organizes all the logistics you can imagine-- apartments, transportation plans, food stipends, curricula-- all you need to do is show up and jump in. Definitely among the best ways to spend a post-college year!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend