Israel Teaching Fellows provides exceptional Jewish college graduates with the opportunity to address Israel’s educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities on a 10-month English teaching, service learning program.
In the program’s inaugural year (2011-2012), 68 exemplary North American Fellows were chosen to teach English in 5 communities in Israel. In the program’s second year (2012-2013), the program expanded to 170 international Fellows in 8 cities.
Following an initial training period, Fellows live in small groups and teach for a minimum of 20 hours a week in schools. Fellows choose or design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, ulpan (Hebrew lessons), host families, trips, and other enrichment activities are provided throughout their time in Israel.
Israel Teaching Fellows are Jewish young adults from throughout the United States, Canada and other English speaking countries. Fellows must have completed undergraduate college degrees and must have some experience as educators (formal or informal). They must demonstrate the ability to excel in a challenging, cross-cultural environment and to be immersed in Israeli society.
While the program requires a $1,000 deposit, this deposit is returned to you in form of roundtrip airfare, housing, medical insurance and a monthly cash stipend, making the program completely subsidized. This subsidy is made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel and Masa Israel, through its partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel.