Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are committed to making Israel a better place, and in return, gain skills and memories to last a lifetime. All have unique stories to share: just click on the photos above to read about some of their experiences.
I experienced different aspects of Israel as well as getting to know the English curriculum in Israel and how we, as native English speakers, can embellish it.
I loved working with my students and seeing them grow everyday with not only their English skills but as people too. I also met some of the most wonderful people who I am still friends with now.
Doing Masa Israel Teaching Fellows was such a great experience. I learned so much about Israel and myself. My favorite part was the Leadership Conference and the friends I made who now live all around the world!
Volunteering in the school was an incredible opportunity. By the end of the year, I developed such strong connections with my students and the other teachers in the school. The students were always so excited to see me and my teaching partner and worked hard to speak English with us.
I feel like I made a real difference in the lives of the students, and they made a difference in mine.
My experience was life-changing. I made life-long friendships with my co-workers and co-fellows, saw positive changes in my kids’ education, and had experiences that I would have never had if I had stayed home such as learning Hebrew and traveling Europe.
"Every day is another lesson in how important it is to take yourself out of your comfort zone and experience something you would normally miss out on." -Kari Hochwald
"My goal in Israel is not only to serve my students as a leader and teacher, but also collaborate as a learner, seeking to understand the culture, society, norms, people, education, entertainment, and all facets of Israeli life."
"The opportunity to informally use my Jewish, musical, and digital knowledge to be flexible in my English teaching and volunteering was one I could not pass up." -Michael Greenstone
"On a daily basis I face challenges with teaching and living in a foreign country, but the growth I see in both the students and myself is very satisfying and makes it all worthwhile." -Emily Hirschman
"So far, this year has been an amazing journey back to my heritage, my roots. I describe it as one long love story, with the land, with the people, with life." -Abraham Weiss
"I have developed personal relationships with many of my students, and I've had the privilege of watching both their English skills and general confidence grow." - Holden Sperling
"I’ve had experiences far beyond anything I could have dreamt for myself, created networks far more reaching than I could have foreseen and become part of a community a world away from home." -Brittany Walters
Israel Teaching Fellows really impacted me both as a person and as an educator, and I think it also really showed me what I wanted in my classroom.
"This experience has given me the opportunity to put my degrees to work, learn a new language, develop relationships with people from all over the world, and discover my Jewish identity."
"After graduating, I knew I wanted to work and live abroad. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows was the way to meet those goals." -Jason Farina
"While I’ve always felt connected to Israel, I feel a stronger connection now since this is my home for the next 10 months. I don’t think many people get to have an experience like this." -Kyla Wegman
"After this year, I would like not to return to my former career path but rather to continue teaching young students – maybe even in Israel." -Julia Kingsdale