• Israel

Program Details

Short Term Summer Year Round
Apartment Hostel Hotel
Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)


Price Details
The TALMA Summer Fellowship includes all expenses, such as round-trip flights and ground transportation, housing, health insurance, meals, and all program workshops, events, and excursions. This Fellowship takes place every summer, from late June to late July.

The TALMA Full Year Fellowship is a paid position that also includes most expenses (all except food), along with weekly Hebrew lessons, mentorship, access to a young professionals community, and more. This Fellowship takes place every year, from mid-August through June of the following year.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Meals Transportation Wifi
Nov 16, 2019
Sep 07, 2019
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About Program

If you're a teacher with a sense of adventure and a commitment to education equity, TALMA has the program for you! We are a non-profit based in Israel that believe in quality English language education for all students. We offer a 3.5-week, fully funded Summer Fellowship, and a 10.5-month paid Full Year Fellowship, for young professional educators. Both Fellowships offer teachers international co-teaching experience, valuable professional & leadership development, and the opportunity to network and build community with educators ages 21-39 from all over the world. The Summer Fellowship includes flights, ground transportation, housing, health insurance, meal stipends, and all workshops, activities and excursions. The Full Year Fellowship includes everything from the Summer Fellowship (minus meals), along with a monthly stipend, Hebrew lessons, and additional benefits. Visit us at https://www.talmaisrael.com/ to learn about our programs, eligibility, and to apply.

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Program Highlights

  • All-expenses-paid 3.5-week Summer Fellowship (late Jun-late Jul)
  • Paid 10.5-month Full Year Fellowship, with most expenses covered as well
  • Professional & leadership development opportunities
  • Gain international teaching experience & cultural competencies
  • Make new friends and join a powerful network of educators from around the world

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Yes, I recommend this program

A Profound Professional Experience

This past summer I had the opportunity to teach English in Israel through the TALMA fellowship. I had never taught English to non native speakers, and had never been to Israel previously. I was nervous due to my lack of experience in that specific area but still wanted to apply because I felt that from my educational background and expertise, I could be flexible, adapt and really make a difference with the help of this program. Once accepted to the TALMA program, my hesitations faded. I found a safe and supportive environment that helped me grow professionally and personally. The program was efficiently managed, supportive and well organized. I was connected with professionals from around the world that helped me grow in all aspects of my life. TALMA was well balanced, allowing me opportunities for excellent educational experiences in and outside the classroom as well as many other amazing opportunities. I had time on the weekends to travel within the country and got to explore the best of what Israel had to offer. I enjoyed the professional development that TALMA provided as it was relevant to my experience in Israel but also applied to my teaching career back in the US. TALMA is the perfect program for educators who aspire to achieve excellence in their teaching, are adventurous, and have a desire to make a difference in the lives of ALL students. TALMA provided me with plenty of tools, professional development, mentors and leaders who supported me throughout the journey. I truly felt as if I was part of a family who cared for one another and collectively shared a common goal: to improve the lives of every student with whom we had the privilege of working with. This was the most rewarding summer of my life, I fully intend to apply to return next summer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not be afraid to fully embrace the culture! This program grants you so many opportunities to thrive and enhance your life personal and professionally. However, you get out of the program what you put into it! It is not simply a vacation, if chosen you have a responsibility to the school and students you work with. If you do your best, give your best effort, and mentally prepare to be successful then you absolutely will have an unforgettable journey! YOU have to dedicate yourself to achieving your goals!
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The Best Experience

I was so beyond lucky to go on the TALMA summer and full year programs. Both programs were phenomenal experiences both in and out of the classroom. I am so grateful for the chance to have been a part of this amazing program that is bringing so much good to Israel.I was sad to have to leave the program early due to a broken leg, but they were beyond amazing that entire process. They supported me in ways I didn't even realize I needed. TALMA is more than just a program it is a family. Your life will be changed in such a real and amazing way. I am counting down the days until I get to go back on a TALMA program. The most important gift they gave me was confidence and growth as a teacher. I am truly endebted to TALMA for making me the person I am today.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Getting to visit Jerusalem and do a nighttime walking tour.
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Not just teaching. . . a way of life!

TALMA, which started out as just a small summer teaching program, has grown year after year and become a major part of my life.

I co-taught fifth graders going into sixth grade with TALMA in the Summer of 2015 and 2016 in the Jezereel Valley up North. My co-teachers each year were a little bit different and assumed different roles in the classroom - discipline, planning, parallel teaching, etc. We were living in a hotel, dorm style living with one roommate. Meals and transportation were provided. We had experiences with social entrepreneurship and professional development as teachers throughout the summer, as well planned community weekends and free weekends to explore Israel on our own. As the summer program is growing, there are new opportunities arising to teach in different areas of the country, different types of schools, and to have different experiences through this amazing program.

After my second summer with TALMA, our wonderful director proposed a new full year TALMA program, TALMA 2.0. Offered to the alumni of the summer TALMA program, TALMA 2.0 is stationed in Mitzpe Ramon in the middle of Negev of Southern Israel. 15 of us teachers moved to the middle of the desert to an area that has VERY few, if any English teachers. Each of us is in a different school, or two (as in my situation). Unlike the summer program, we work with or without co-teachers, teaching whole classes, small groups, or individual students. Apartments with laundry, wi-fi, and a wonderful apartment-mate are provided with furniture. Transportation to school is also provided for us. One of my schools is in Dimona, about a 50 minute bus ride from Mitzpe. 8 of us go together in a mini-bus that drops us off and picks us up right from our schools. We are all provided a stipend for the year to cover other expenses (food for example). Once a week we head to Be'er Sheva for Ulpan (Hebrew class), provided by the Ministry of Education. We also had the opportunity to take a course at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, learning about where we live and the populations we work with. We have community Wednesdays where we meet up with our Israeli counterparts as well to do an activity whether professional or just plain fun! We also have had a number of weekend community events outside of Mitzpe to get to know the country as a whole.

As the year is rapidly coming to a close, I have fallen in love with Israel as a country, the people, the environment, all because of my experiences with TALMA and am excited to say that I am making Aliyah at the end of the summer! I have friends now all of over Israel and I am excited to start the next chapter . . .TALMA 3.0: Morim Olim!

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Get ready to enhance your life!

As a TALMA teacher, you have the privilege to change the lives of children, adults, and entire communities through teaching and building authentic relationships. In turn, your life is sure to be changed as you learn about new cultures, new teaching practices, and new ways of living. All throughout the process you'll be supported by inspiring mentors and teachers. Additionally, through TALMA you will get to experience Israel as a person living and working here which allows you to get to know this beautiful country and rich culture in a new way. Every aspect of TALMA is a thoughtfully planned with love.

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Yes, I recommend this program


I taught for TALMA last summer at an Orthodox school in Kiryat Malachi. I didn't know what to expect of the Israeli but was prepared for the worst, as warned by experienced participants. When entering my classroom, all the students stood up and waited until I asked them to sit down before they would sit. This was not the horror experience that I had mentally prepared for. My summer with TALMA continued to positively surprise me. I did not realize the impact 3 weeks of teaching would have. It was amazing to see the excitement and pride on the children's faces when they were able to communicate in English with me. They especially enjoyed teaching me Hebrew and laughed as I was unable to pronounce the words the were saying. Outside of the classroom, I experienced even more growth with TALMA, both professionally and personally. TALMA offers professional development and we had many seminars with social entrepreneurs, all of whom were inspiring and enlightening. They really showed me that anything is possible, and it all starts with an idea and believing in yourself. The social aspect of TALMA is another part of the program worth acknowledging. The friends I made through TALMA are now some of my best friends. The community weekends are so well planned and fun doesn't quite describe it. The meals (delicious Shabbat dinners), the activities (surfing) and the company is amazing. I cannot wait for TALMA 2018!

What would you improve about this program?
It can't be!
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For me, TALMA was a dream come true. The TALMA program treated us very well. We were housed in the center of Jerusalem, given a stipend for food and living expenses, treated to cultural and social experiences and even housed in beautiful hotels at the beginning and middle of the program.
Teaching in an Israeli school with an Israeli co-teacher was certainly beneficial to my teaching experience and I learned lessons to take home with me to the USA where I am an ESL teacher.
The TALMA experience has definitely been one of the highlights of my life which I would recommend to everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
If sharing a room isn't your thing, this might not be for you.
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A Meaningful Experience Teaching in Israel!

I have taught English as a Foreign Language with TALMA for the past two summers. Both years I served underprivileged students in the city of Jerusalem, and can't wait to return for a third summer next year! TALMA is a well-organized, professional development program for young teachers seeking a meaningful teaching experience during their summer off. Participants participate in an enrichment program and professional development workshops while also co-teaching in an Israeli classroom. The balance between work and play is appropriate, and participants can choose from a number of different "tracks" to suit their traveling preferences. In Jerusalem, the most independent track, TALMA teachers live in an extended-stay hotel in the heart of the city (close to the markets, shopping, and night life), and grow to feel like residents of the city. We get two free weekends to travel, and two organized weekends to share experiences with the TALMA teachers stationed in different regions. Both years I have had so much fun, developed meaningful relationships with Israeli teachers, built strong connections with my Israeli students, and improved my own teaching/reflective practices to boot! I highly recommend it!

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Teach with TALMA!

I don't even know where to begin with all of the positive things I could say about TALMA. The leaders of TALMA get how to run a program that has a clear vision and they select wonderful people to turn the vision into reality. Having the opportunity to teach in the periphery of Israel will allow you to see the country through a new lens, build new relationships, and undoubtedly grow both as an educator and as a person.

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Response from TALMA: The Israel Program For Excellence in English

Thank you Rena! The feeling is mutual :)
We loved having you as part of the program and look forward to your hopeful return in summers to come!

Questions & Answers

Hi Carol! The age recommendations are a guideline and not a hard and fast limit. Our teachers this past summer ranged in age from 22-64. That said, the program is designed with early career professionals in mind, with the hope of supporting them in developing networks of support with peers, pushing the bounds of innovative and out-of-the-box teaching, and developing a connecting with Israel. That...

This is great. Can I know what sort of standards are set for non-native skeapers to participate? English is my second langugae and I am a non-native speaker that's why I am asking. Thanks in advance and appreciate your help.

Hi Maria, this program has an emphasis on creating a community for young professionals in education in their first few years in the classroom, so the age guidelines help direct those early year educators into the program, though exceptions can be made for exceptional candidates.

Hi Jesse, Yes! We accept applicants from Australia and throughout the world. We welcome your application. Best, Team TALMA