In Beit She'an I worked at a religious elementary school teaching students from grades 4–6. I also taught hula hoop class for children in town and was involved with coordinating activities in the local library.
I chose Beit She'an for its relatively small population (~17,000), the opportunity to have a local host family, and the surrounding area’s amazing geographic attributes such as the Gilboa Mountains and natural fresh water springs. Working in a smaller community allows us as Teaching Fellows to have a powerful impact on those we work with directly as well as the community at large.
Despite its size, we have all been able to join or create our own meaningful volunteer projects that suit our personal interests and can always find enjoyable things to do during our free time. People in Beit She'an are exceedingly welcoming and always make us feel at home. The city's majority Sephardic population also provides us the chance to learn about new cultures and religious practices. Overall, I could not be more satisfied with my choice to come to Beit She'an as an Israel Teaching Fellow.
Hometown: Rochester, New York
College: American University
Major: BS, Health Promotion
City in Israel: Beit She’an
Fellowship Year: 2014-2015