Be’er Sheva is known as the capital of the Negev Desert. Located at the northern tip of the Negev Desert, Be’er Sheva is also one of Israel’s fastest growing cities.
Home to Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva has a large student population and a vibrant culture for young adults. The student community is very social and offers many opportunities for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows to take part in student initiatives and activities. As a result, the area around the university has a college town feel, filled with entertaining nightlife.
Be’er Sheva also has a large immigrant population and many Bedouin communities in the nearby areas. Fellows are encouraged to volunteer with these communities to better understand local issues of coexistence.
After an initial period of pedagogical training, Fellows work alongside one or more of their peers 25 hours each week in a public school, leading small group tutoring sessions. On average, most Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Be’er Sheva have a 30 to 40 minute commute to their schools. In addition to teaching English, Fellows also have the opportunity to create secondary community volunteer projects based on their own backgrounds and interests.
Fellows’ apartments are a ten-minute walk from Ben Gurion University. This allows you the opportunity to enjoy local social activities and university life (Israelis generally enter college at age 21). Teaching Fellows live in dorm-style apartments and usually share a bedroom with one other person. All Fellows live in the same building situated in of the oldest neighborhoods in Be’er Sheva.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Be’er Sheva is organized by Israel Pathways. Israel Pathways is part of Tlalim-Authentic Israel, an educational travel company that also organizes Israel Outdoors – the most popular Taglit-Birthright Israel experience. For over 30 years, Pathways has shared the beauty of Israel with Jewish travelers from around the world. Their mission is to provide participants with an enriching and eye-opening experience in Israel that uses informal education and an inclusive approach, to create a fun and meaningful environment.