Ramla offers the perfect opportunity for someone looking to make a huge impact in Israel. Ramla is a low-income area where only 47% of high school students graduate with a Bagrut matriculation certificate (a certificate that is required to continue to higher education). Ramla is home to a richly diverse population of Jewish- and Arab-Israelis, and 24% of its residents comprise immigrant communities from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
Ramla is located conveniently between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and is a brief bus or train ride from either city. Ramla is a beautiful blend of ancient and modern Israel, featuring historical landmarks such as the White Tower and the Pool of Arches. Streets are fragrant with captivating smells of exotic foods from the shuk (outdoor market) and abuzz with the sounds of conversations held in multiple languages.
Students in Ramla are generally from underprivileged communities where most of them never encounter English in their day-to-day lives. For many children in the community, having a real relationship with a young adult from abroad is a dream come true. Few students from the area have had the opportunity to travel abroad or interact with native English speakers. Throughout the school year, you’ll become a teacher, mentor and role model for Ramla’s children.
Fellows work with students in grades 1 through 8, depending on which school you’re placed in. There are up to 30 students in each classroom, but most of the time you will work with smaller groups of 3-5 students.
Fellows live in Ramla, sharing their home with a small group of other Fellows on the same program. Each home is equipped with a kitchen (refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, toaster and electric kettle). Bedrooms are shared by two same-gender Fellows. Wireless Internet, air conditioning (or fans) and a clothes-washing machine are also provided.
-Free bicycle from Destination Israel to help you get around Ramla
-Free gym membership with pool access (provided by the city at a time of their choosing during your program)
-Free tickets to select cultural events in Ramla (provided by the city at a time of their choosing during your program)
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Ramla is organized by Destination Israel.
Destination Israel provides you with the tools and framework to navigate Israel as a native, exploring its streets with ease and completing fulfilling service in a community that truly needs your help. The schools Destination Israel works with are dedicated to their volunteers and have years of experience working with them. The supportive staff ensures the comfort of your time in Israel. As a part of Destination Israel, you will participate in weekends and seminars with upwards of 300 participants of their other programs, where you’ll make connections with peers living and working across the country.
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