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.
Ma’ase Olam is building a movement of leaders committed to working together to ensure that students on the margins of Israeli society get a quality education. Ma’ase Olam specializes in volunteer and leadership programs for more than 700 young people all over Israel in order to create a movement for social change. For almost a decade, Ma’ase has been running successful volunteer programs and is the recipient of several national awards in the field, including the Speaker of the Knesset Quality of Life Award for its work promoting tolerance and narrowing social gaps in Israeli society, and the Sderot Conference Award for Social Responsibility.
As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rehovot, you will also receive: