Being Educated While Educating in Israel

By: Taylor Karnilaw

It’s the summer before my senior year of college; I am teaching swim lessons and working with a public defender. My parents come up to me one day and ask me the dreaded question, “SO are you going to start those grad school applications?” Grad school applications? At this point I was completely at a loss, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and thought that going to grad school without a goal in mind would be a complete waste of time. So, I began to look for an alternative solution. Knowing that I liked to travel and enjoyed teaching, teaching abroad was a great option. I then began my TEFL course and in the Fall of 2017 I headed off to teach English in Ashdod, Israel, in an elementary school for ten months, promising my parents that I would return in the fall for grad school.