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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Jewish college graduates to teach English in low-income communities throughout Israel. The goal of this program is to close Israel’s educational gap and positively impact underperforming youth. Fellows will serve to advance the English communicative skills of Israeli students.
Each city hosting Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is managed by a different program organizer. Applicants should explore each program organizer and city on this website prior to applying.
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-Rehovot Operated by Israel Outdoors NEXT
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-Rishon LeZion Operated by Israel Experience
-Petach Tikvah Operated by Israel Experience
-Ramle Operated by Destination Israel
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-Eilat Operated by Destination Israel
-Ashdod Operated by Destination Israel
-Nazareth Operated by BINA
-Migdal HaEmek Operated by BINA
-Rahat Operated by BINA
-Jerusalem Operated by BINA
-Haifa Operated by Oranim College
Pedagogical Orientation and Hebrew Training:
Fellows engage in an orientation in educational methods, created and led by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Through seminars and discussions, top educators from across Israel help you build your teaching skills and prepare you for the Israeli classroom experience. In addition, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows offers you the opportunity to earn a certification to teach English in Israel. The program which normally takes two years and is usually only offered in Hebrew is now available to Masa Israel Teaching Fellows over the duration of ten months and in English and as an exclusive new program! Spots are limited and the application to this exclusive program will open once the fellowship begins.
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.
In the Classroom:
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.
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 pas projects include coaching sports, directing after-school drama programs, and working with adults on English reading and speaking skills.
As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, 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.
Live and Engage with Your Community:
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.
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Fellows are responsible to pay $1,000 for the full 10-month experience. However, certified teachers will earn a monthly compensation of 5,500 NIS (about $1,430 USD). English teaching assistants (non-certified teachers), will earn a monthly cash stipend of 2,500 NIS (about $650 USD).
The $1,000 program fee includes accommodations, Hebrew Ulpan classes, pedagogical orientation, health insurance, trips around Israel, and other enrichment activities.
You will be reimbursed up to $1,300 for the cost of your flight upon completion of the program.
The Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month program.
Fellows will work in their school four days a week (Monday – Thursday) for at least five hours a day.
The Fellowship runs from late August to June each year
To be eligible, you must:
-Identify as Jewish
-Have a Bachelor's Degree by September 1, 2018
-Not have Israeli citizenship OR if you do, you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship
-Have not spent 4 consecutive months or longer in Israel within the 24 month period prior to the start of your chosen Masa program after the age of 18
Provided you are eligible to participate in the program, admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is rolling, with four application deadlines. Rolling admission dates are as follows:
-1st deadline: December 15th
-2nd deadline: March 1st
-3rd deadline: May 1st
-Final deadline: June 15th
Initial Placement Conversation:
Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by a recruitment representative who will relay your next steps in the application process.
Placement Interview (Skype/phone):
In this interview, you will speak with a professional from the placement city you selected. You’ll be able to hear more about the day-to-day of the fellowship, ask specific questions, and request to connect with a current or past fellow who was or is placed in that city. You’ll have a chance to discuss your academic and professional history as it relates to the content of the fellowship.
Submit Supplemental Documents:
These include a medical form, a State background check or a FBI background check, and proof of your application for the Masa Israel Grant. You should upload your documents after your initial interview, but keep in mind that the first two may take a few weeks to arrange. Documents must be uploaded in order for you to receive a final decision regarding your acceptance.
Final Decision Received by Applicant:
After all components of your application have been submitted, and all interviews completed, the admissions committee will review your application package and make a final decision. You’ll receive notification via email. If you are not accepted by your first-choice placement, you may have the opportunity to interview for another placement. You will be notified if this is the case.
For Accepted Fellows Only, Submit Deposit (or defer to next round):
If you are accepted as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, you will have 2 weeks from your notification date to accept your offer and secure your spot, by submitting a $300 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the program cost of $1,000.
You may also choose to defer your acceptance to the following deadline. Please be advised that by deferring your acceptance, you are not guaranteed a spot in the program. However, you will not need to reapply or conduct any further interviews. If you are submitting your application for consideration for the final May 1st deadline, you will not have the option to defer your decision.
If your flight to Israel was provided by Birthright Israel, you must submit your ticket home to be reimbursed for your return flight. Please note that you won’t receive a flight reimbursement until you complete the program.
More information about the fellowship program may be found here:
More information about fellowship training may be found here:
You will need to apply for an A-2 visa to participate in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. You can view the requirements for the visa on the Israeli consulate’s website:
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