What is the Masa Teaching Fellows Program for Teaching English in Israel?

By John Bentley

An Overview of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Program for Teaching English in Israel

Do you seek the experience of a lifetime living, exploring, and teaching English in Israel? Are you a native English speaker of Jewish heritage aged 20-35 who wants to make a difference in local communities and the lives of Israeli students? Do you want to boost your resume and professional skill sets? If this describes you, the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows provides year-long opportunities to teach English and volunteer in communities across Israel. 

How I Found Myself Teaching English in Iraq

By: Adam Lucente

I called up a spokesman at City University of New York (CUNY) for the I-don’t-know-how-many-time that day. I was a reporter at an online and print news outlet in Brooklyn covering the borough’s southern neighborhoods. Two years prior, I was with Kurdish soldiers advancing towards ISIS’ territory in Iraq. Writing about board meetings, sea walls, and zoning violations was equally important work, but it wasn’t what interested me.

How I Transitioned from Teaching English in the Middle East to Becoming a Journalist

By: Adam Lucente

Simon and I got into the shared taxi from the Tunisian capital Tunis to Sidi Bouzid in the south early in the morning. The taxi, which was a nine or so seat van, didn’t run on a schedule. When it was full, it went. Then the next one went when it, too, was full. Simon was a freelance journalist in Tunisia, but he also taught English to help make ends meet. It’s common for journalists in the Middle East to have a second job. Some are teachers; others copy writers, translators etc. I knew Simon because we taught together at an American non-profit in Tunis in 2014. I learned Arabic in college, and he brought me to Sidi Bouzid to interpret for him for an article he was writing on the legacy of the Tunisian revolution.