Ashdod, Israel’s fifth largest city and main port, sits on the Mediterranean coast 20 miles south of Tel Aviv. Ashdod’s population represents a mosaic of Israel: namely Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Egypt, Romania, Georgia, Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, France and Argentina. The city boasts a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
A vibrant beach city, Ashdod is home to a variety of cultural attractions, including a free zoo, art museums, MonArt performing arts center, the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra and more.
Ashdod also has multiple shopping centers with supermarkets, fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets, banks, money exchange depots, pharmacies, eateries, and doctors just around the corner. Down at the pier, there are restaurants, bars, lounges and clubs to frequent on weekends and evenings. There is even a bike shop in Ashdod where you can buy a bike and sell it back at the end of the year. Ashdod also has a great bus system operating within the city, as well as intercity transport offering easy access to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Classroom sizes in Ashdod range from 20-30 students. Most of your time will be dedicated to working with smaller groups of 3-5 students on a variety of activities and lessons.
Only 55% of Ashdod’s senior high school students graduate with a Bagrut matriculation certificate (a certificate that is required to continue to higher education). Over the school year, you’ll become a teacher, mentor and role model for the children of Ashdod.
Fellows in Ashdod live in Israeli apartments in various locations in the city. The apartments are furnished, have WiFi internet service, basic kitchen utensils and cookware, and each bedroom is equipped with two single/twin beds. Fellows live in Israeli neighborhoods and experience life as a local, learning in your 10-month program what real life is like as a member of your local community.
Fellows who select Ashdod as their host city will have access to even more benefits. We’ve paired up with Foundation for Jewish Camp to create a special MITF Jewish Camp Track. Fellows in Ashdod will live with amazing Jewish camp alumni from around the world; have access to a series of professional development programs focusing on camp management, Israel education at camp, and other unique topics; and enjoy a flexible program schedule that allows Fellows to work at their camp prior to and following the fellowship!
The MITF program in Ashdod will begin on August 21, 2019 and run until June 10, 2020 (for those working at camp in 2020) or July 2, 2020 (for those not working at camp). Please note that these dates are unique to the Fellows who choose Ashdod as their host city. These Fellows enjoy a customized program schedule that accommodates the camp season, allowing them to work at their camp prior to and following the fellowship.
Destination Israel provides you with the tools and framework needed to navigate Israel as a native. Explore the streets with ease and experience a fulfilling service in a community that truly needs your help. The schools they work with are dedicated to their volunteers and have years of experience working with together with them. As a member of Destination Israel, you will participate in weekends and seminars with upwards of 300 participants from their other programs, where you’ll make connections with peers living and working across the country.
Known for: Beach, thriving sports scene