Founded in the 10th century BCE, Be’er Sheva is known as the capital of the Negev Desert, and is one of Israel’s fastest growing cities. Be’er Sheva is located at the northern tip of the Negev Desert and is an hour’s train ride from downtown Tel Aviv.
Many of Be’er Sheva’s residents are immigrants from Arab countries, Ethiopia, the Former Soviet Union. Be’er Sheva also boasts Israel’s largest population of Jews from India. Be’er Sheva is close to several nearby Bedouin communities and hosts a colorful open air Bedouin marketplace each Thursday.
Finally, Be’er Sheva is home to Ben Gurion University, which has a large student population and a vibrant culture for young adults. Almost 20% of residents of Be’er Sheva are between the ages of 20-29!
After an initial period of pedagogical training, you will work alongside one or more of your peers 25-30 hours each week in a public school, leading small group tutoring sessions. In addition to teaching English, you will work on a secondary community volunteer project for approximately five hours each week, which you can choose according to your background and interests.
Fellows’ apartments are a ten-minute walk from Ben Gurion University, allowing you to enjoy local social activities and university life (Israelis generally enter college at age 21). Fellows live in suite-style apartments, usually sharing a bedroom with one other person.
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.