Applications are now open for the 2013-2014 cohort of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, a 10-month service learning program that provides exceptional Jewish college graduates the opportunity to address Israel’s educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income. The fellows serve as volunteer English teachers in eight cities throughout Israel.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are Jewish young adults from throughout the United States and other English speaking countries.
This year, 170 exemplary North American college graduates were selected from more than 600 applicants to teach in underprivileged communities in Israel, up from 68 fellows in 2011-2012. Ninety of this year’s fellows are alumni of Birthright Israel experiences.
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.
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.
To apply for Israel Teaching Fellows, visit: israelteachingfellows.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Nominations from community members are also encouraged at israelteachingfellows.org/