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Israel Teaching Fellows BINA is a program designed to close the achievement gap within Israel’s education system, as well as provide equal learning opportunities for both Jewish and Arab youth alike. On ITF-BINA you will spend 25-30 hours a week working as an English teaching assistant in a local elementary or middle school, whose educational systems traditionally lag behind those in better-off areas of Israel. Additionally, you will volunteer 5 hours a week outside the classroom, in an organization of your choosing within the community.
Through ITF-BINA you will get to participate in a 60 hour teacher-training course taught by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Ulpan (Hebrew learning) classes to help you learn the language and really immerse yourself into Israeli society, as well as weekly enrichment classes focused on coexistence and social justice.
Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Israel’s Ministry of Education and MASA Israel allowing the cost of the program to only be $1,000 including living accommodations, flight-reimbursement, and a monthly stipend.
ITF-BINA gives you the opportunity to work with many diverse populations of Israel. As a participant you get to choose between working in one of three different locations: Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city; Migdal Ha’Emek, home to some of Israel’s most underserved populations, and Rahat, Israel’s first and largest Bedouin community.
Additionally, through BINA you will be connected to a larger community of young Israeli activists involved in other projects in the area.
This program is conducted in French.