TEACH ENGLISH IN ISRAEL & PALESTINE

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About Teaching English in Israel & Palestine

As a dynamic and cosmopolitan nation that engages in extensive interaction with the global community economically and culturally, Israel has a strong demand for the English language.  However, because of its small size and a 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.

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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 and 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. 

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Israel. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview for jobs both in-person in Israel and sometimes in advance from their home country, therefore it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide. 

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You will need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Israel. This means you will need to hold citizenship from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, the UK, or New Zealand.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is typically required to teach English in Israel. Please note, your degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field. 

TEFL Jobs in Israel & Palestine

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Israel and Palestine consist of:

  • Teaching in public schools as part of the Masa Teaching Fellows Program (for those of Jewish Heritage).
  • Teaching in colleges as a teaching assistant as part of the Government-run program, Fulbright Israel.
  • Teaching business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Volunteer positions at refugee camps (in Palestinian territories).
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers seeking work in Israel can expect to find jobs year-round with expected downtimes around Jewish holidays.

Interviews are conducted face-to-face in Israel, meaning you will need to be in-country to begin your job search. If applying for one of the two programs mentioned above, interviews are typically done in advance from your home country.

You will enter Israel on a tourist visa which will be converted to a resident visa through right of return. 

HOURS

Language schools in Israel offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be school-aged children or adult business professionals.

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,500 - $2,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Israel until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid salary enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Israel. Teachers can expect to make $700 - $1,500 USD per month.

If you have not secured employment through a program, there are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

For those participating in the MASA Israel Journey Program, airfare, apartment, monthly stipend, health insurance, and more are offered to teachers.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships receive a $20,000 living stipend.

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $1,000 - $1,500 USD per month.

English teachers in Israel can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What does teaching in Israel & Palestine look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Israel, Palestine, and all over the Middle East.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Europe could look like!

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Teaching English in Israel & Palestine FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Israel & Palestine?

To teach English in Israel and Palestine, make sure you understand what is required:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • A four-year Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Israel & Palestine?

The most common job types in Israel and Palestine consist of:

  • Teaching in public schools as part of the Masa Teaching Fellows Program (for those of Jewish Heritage).
  • Teaching in colleges as a teaching assistant as part of the Government-run program, Fulbright Israel.
  • Teaching business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Volunteer positions at refugee camps (in Palestinian territories).
  • Teaching English Online.

MASA TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM

Masa Israel Journey offers a teaching program for Jewish, native English speakers who are looking to teach in Israel. Airfare, apartment, monthly stipend, health insurance, and more are offered to teachers. Requirements include: BA, medical form, background check, Jewish heritage, ages 21-35. There are placements in public schools all over Israel including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and more. There is a $1,000 program fee that must be paid by May before your contract begins.

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

FULBRIGHT ISRAEL

This program is for U.S. citizens at the time of application only. English Teaching Assistants will be placed in English classes at colleges according to their background, level of teaching experience, and field of knowledge. ETAs assist English teachers in the classroom for up to 20 hours per week. They may be asked to conduct conversation practice in small groups and/or help students from underprivileged communities with a poor command of the English language. Find out more about this program here

What is the salary for teaching English in Israel & Palestina?

Teachers can expect to make $700 - $1,500 USD per month in Israel.

Start-up costs will range from $1,500 - $2,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Israel until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

If you have not secured employment through a program, there are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

For those participating in the MASA Israel Journey Program, airfare, apartment, monthly stipend, health insurance, and more are offered to teachers.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships receive a $20,000 living stipend.

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $1,000 - $1,500 USD per month.

English teachers in Israel can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Israel & Palestine?

You will enter Israel on a tourist visa which will be converted to a resident visa through right of return.

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Lindsey Baker

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I chose International TEFL Academy after careful consideration. I looked through my options and I thought that this was the best one. I wanted my certificate because so many schools will not hire you unless you have a TEFL certificate. The required practicum equipped me with the tools and knowledge I needed for my future teaching job. I teach in West Bank, Palestine. I am interested in the culture and political situation there. I was able to work for less fortunate children where English is seen as a way to a better life.

Jennifer McCall

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I chose ITA because the online option was so convenient for my schedule. I was already abroad, and I didn't have to worry about getting to classes or the time difference with their online course. I'm so happy I did it! I decided to teach English in Israel in the city of Ashdod because it was a unique opportunity for me to experience a country that I am connected to culturally (being that my family is Jewish). Israel is so rich in cultural experiences.

Taylor Karnilaw

Taught English in Israel

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I decided to get TEFL certified to give myself an avenue to get abroad and contribute positively. I more specifically chose ITA because it is an established program, and the admissions counselor that I talked to was very informative and supportive. The practicum (live practice teaching) was a valuable experience that I appreciated. I am Jewish and have been wanting to come back to Israel and experience the culture a little more; this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Israel is very culturally rich and there is so much life and activity always.

Visit our Israeal & Palestine blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in the Middle East.