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June 06, 2013

Israel | Asia

Mysterious pitfalls of teaching English in Israel

Teaching-English-in-Israel"If teaching English in Israel is on your horizon, you may want to read this teacher's story.

Schools and the ministry blame each other for the current state of affairs; I have only experienced a similar level of chaos in third world countries limping along on non-existent economies.

After volunteering as an English teacher in various schools for several months I was hired by a Druse school and a school in the Arab sector. The staff and children were welcoming to the point that I felt like a rock star most days.

Teaching English to such eager students, surrounded by mostly supportive staff should be pure joy. Unfortunately, month after month there was no sign of pay – instead more and more random paperwork was thrown at me by the schools and Education Ministry while I was patronizingly told to be patient. It was not until I started a mandatory six-month college course (about teaching English in Israel), where I met fellow (Anglo and Russian) English teachers that I realized we were all in the same sinking boat with no life jackets or preservers.

Report the full story from The Jerusalem Post.

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