Rehovot, located 12 miles south of Tel Aviv, is a thriving city that is home to many students and young people. Rehovot’s downtown area on tree-covered Herzel St. is home to vibrant nightlife, diverse restaurants, cafes, and an outdoor shuk (market) where you can buy delicious and fresh produce. Rehovot is safe and easily accessible by trains and buses to Tel Aviv and other central locations.
With a population of 114,000, Rehovot is home to a large Ethiopian community and many Russian immigrants. This diversity makes Rehovot an ideal site for meaningful social work and a great place to truly experience life in Israel. Ma’ase Olam’s strong relationship with the city’s municipal government and with members of the community has ensured that Masa Israel Teaching Fellows have felt at home in Rehovot.
The quality of education in Israel’s periphery varies greatly. Sometimes you’ll work with students who speak near fluent English, and sometimes you’ll work with students that have never encountered English in their day-to-day lives. You’ll primarily work with students in grades 3-9, depending on which school you’re placed in. Don’t be dissuaded by teachers telling you that a student is a “problem child” or “doesn’t understand.” The odds are, this student has never received the one on-one attention they all crave. Bear in mind that the average class size in Israel is 35 students, which can lead to stressed-out teachers and children who fly under the radar.
Most of the time, you will be working in smaller groups with 3-5 students. You will have another Teaching Fellow volunteering in the school with you, as well as an Israeli peer once a week. It’s challenging work, but the rewards are innumerable. The students worship you, jump at every opportunity to speak with you, and truly treasure the time they get to spend with you. You’ll feel like a celebrity every single time you walk into the building.
You will live in furnished apartments communally with other Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. You will share a room with 1-2 other people in the apartment. All of the apartments have air conditioning, heat/space heaters, Wifi Internet, cable television, a kitchen with dishes, pots, and pans, sheets and towels, and a washing machine.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Rehovot is organized by Israel Outdoors NEXT. Israel Outdoors NEXT is an educational travel company that also organizes Israel Outdoors – the most popular Taglit-Birthright Israel experience. For over 30 years, Israel Outdoors NEXT 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.