(New York, NY) – 100 exemplary North American college graduates will be chosen to teach in underprivileged communities in Israel for a 10-month service program in Israel in May 2011, Masa Israel Journey announced today. In order to address Israel’s educational inequity and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities, Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education are launching Israel Teaching Fellows
to serve as volunteer English teachers throughout Israel.
Israel is joining the trend of foreign governments sponsoring college graduates who are native English speakers to teach English in their countries. Similar programs are JET in Japan, EPIK in Korea, Teaching Assistant Program in France, North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain, and English Opens Doors in Chile.
With young adults’ growing interest in international volunteer opportunities Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, is making Israel a global hub for service programs
. Out of 180 five-to-12-month volunteering, career development, and academic programs, Masa Israel has 10,000 participants and 16 post-college programs exclusively dedicated to service.
“It’s important to give young adults the opportunity to express their idealism through volunteering and Israel is a place where they can really make a difference,” says Masa Israel’s North American Director, Avi Rubel. “The Israel Teaching Fellows will enhance English education in Israel while building bridges between the American and Israeli communities.”
Following an initial training period, the Teaching Fellows will live in small groups in communities in Israel and teach for 20 hours a week. The Teaching Fellows will also choose and design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, Hebrew Ulpan, host families, and trips will be provided throughout their time in Israel.
Accepted Teaching Fellows must have college degrees and experience as educators and leaders. They must also demonstrate the ability to excel in a challenging cross-cultural environment and the desire to be immersed in Israeli society.
The inaugural Israel Teaching Fellows program will run from August 2011 – June 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in May 2011.