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Teaching English in Israel 101

As a dynamic and cosmopolitan nation that engages in extensive interaction with the global community economically and culturally, Israel has a strong demand for English language.  However, because of its small size and the large number of local English speakers, Israel represents a competitive job market for foreign English teachers.  

Most first-time English teachers will gain employment by interviewing in person once they arrive in Israel, though some opportunities can be arranged in advance. Teachers will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing, with a few exceptions.  Wages typically enable English teachers to live comfortably.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share accommodations with their coworkers. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. Giving private lessons is a popular way to make extra money.

English teaching jobs in Israel are concentrated in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Rishon LeZion and other major cities. TEFL certification is a primary requirement for most positions.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: With a small population & an economy depressed by ongoing regional conflict, the Palestinian Territories do not represent a major job market for teaching English abroad.  That said, the Palestinians are known for their dedication to education and many Palestinians see English as a path to enhancing their educational and employment opportunities. Most teaching opportunities are volunteer positions (often in refugee camps) or low-paying.  For a firsthand account, check out West Bank Palestine English Teaching Q&A with Lindsay Baker.


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