Israel Teaching Fellows
Be a mentor. Improve your Hebrew. Travel Israel.
And do it all with other Jewish camp alumni.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) is a 10-month fellowship for Jewish college graduates, between the ages of 21 and 35, who want to mentor Israeli children, gain valuable teaching experience, and have a remarkable, immersive experience abroad.
Fellows who select Ashdod as their host city will have access to even more benefits. We’ve paired up with Masa Israel Journey and Destination Israel to create a special MITF Jewish Camp Track. Fellows in Ashdod will live with amazing Jewish camp alumni from around the world; have access to a series of professional development programs focusing on camp management, Israel education at camp, and other unique topics; and enjoy a flexible program schedule that allows Fellows to work at their camp prior to and following the fellowship!
No Hebrew language or prior teaching experience is required! Flights, housing, and monthly stipend included.
Space in this unique program is limited! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Questions? Please contact Melissa from Destination Israel (Melissa Shandling firstname.lastname@example.org) She will guide you through every step of the process.
- Flight Reimbursement
- Monthly Stipend ($475-$1,000 USD)
- Local Unlimited Bus Pass
- Tours Around Israel
- Health Insurance
- Hebrew Language Instruction
- Leadership & Teaching Training
- Camp-Related Professional Development Programming
- Coordinated Mentorship Teaching Israeli Children English in a Local School
- Custom Volunteer Placements Based on your Skills & Interests
- Opportunity to Experience Israeli Culture & Be Immersed in Local Life
The MITF program in Ashdod will begin on August 21, 2019 and run until June 10, 2020 (for those working at camp in 2020) or July 2, 2020 (for those not working at camp).
Please note that these dates are unique to the Fellows who choose Ashdod as their host city. These Fellows enjoy a customized program schedule that accommodates the camp season, allowing them to work at their camp prior to and following the fellowship.
Selected Fellows will be immersed in Israeli society and become integral members of the vibrant seaside city of Ashdod where they will live, teach English to local youth, and volunteer.
Ashdod, Israel’s fifth largest city and main port, sits on the Mediterranean coast 20 miles south of Tel Aviv. Known for its beach and thriving sports scene, the city boasts a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Ashdod’s population represents a mosaic of Israel: namely Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Egypt, Romania, Georgia, Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, France and Argentina. It is home to a variety of cultural attractions, including a free zoo, art museums, MonArt performing arts center, the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra and more.
Ashdod also has multiple shopping centers with supermarkets, open air fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets, banks, money exchange depots, pharmacies, eateries, and doctors just around the corner. Down at the pier, there are restaurants, bars, lounges and clubs. There is even a bike shop in Ashdod where Fellows can buy a bike and sell it back at the end of the year. The city also has a great bus system, as well as intercity transport offering easy access to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Over the school year, you’ll become a teacher, mentor, and role model for the children of Ashdod.
After an initial period of training, Fellows will be placed in a community public school with one or two other Fellows where they will tutor small groups of students in English outside of the classroom, providing personal attention and helping them learn key concepts like vocabulary, grammar, and spelling (about 25 hours per week).
Prior teaching experience is not required, but those with a teaching certification will, after initial training, teach English classes alongside an Israeli teacher. They will be compensated accordingly with a monthly stipend of 4,000 NIS (about $1,000 USD). Fellows without a teaching certification will be English teaching assistants and earn a monthly cash stipend of 1,750 NIS (about $475 USD).
Fellows in live in apartments in various locations in the vibrant seaside city of Ashdod. The apartments are furnished, have WiFi service, kitchen utensils and cookware, and each bedroom is equipped with two single/twin beds. Fellows experience life as a local and become integral members of the community.
However, certified teachers will earn a monthly compensation of 4,000 NIS (about $1,000 USD) and will, after initial training, teach English classes alongside an Israeli teacher. English teaching assistants (non-certified teachers), will earn a monthly cash stipend of 1,700 NIS (about $450 USD).
Additionally, please note that Fellows will need to purchase their own roundtrip flights to Israel. They will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for the cost of the flight upon completion of the program.