Teach English and Learn Arabic Program
93% Rating
(4 Reviews)

Teach English and Learn Arabic Program

If you are looking for an alternative kind of intensive Arabic program, then look no further than our Teach English and Learn Arabic Program (TELA). We offer professional Arabic classes for people who are committed to working hard and learning the Arabic language. Participants will take courses in spoken Arabic for 3 hours per week, in a professional setting and with a curriculum that has been designed to compliment your Arabic immersion experience. Volunteer teaching in Palestine will provide you with the opportunity to learn about this fascinating country and its people. This experience is available to anyone with an interest in helping others to learn the English language. You do not need to have any previous teaching experience and we do not require you to take a TEFL course.

Locations
Asia » Palestine
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Language
Arabic
Housing
Hostel
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Nominal fee associated with the program which covers housing and Arabic classes.

Program Reviews

  • Impact
    93%
  • Support
    90%
  • Fun
    90%
  • Value
    90%
  • Safety
    95%

Program Reviews (4)

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Jackie
Female
22 years old
New York, NY

Teaching English and Studying Arabic

9/10

I stayed in Hebron for about five weeks and had a really great time. I taught English classes at La Casa three to four times a week, and took Arabic classes with Aya three times a week. The students were very sweet and respectful and eager to learn. They were really friendly and invited me to their homes, took me to their favorite coffee shops, and gave me a tour of the city. The Arabic classes were awesome -- I feel like my Arabic improved hugely. I came in at an intermediate level with a background in classical Arabic, but I studied the Palestinian dialect at La Casa. My teacher Aya was incredible! She was so kind and patient and a pleasure to spend time with. The entire La Casa staff was very welcoming and accommodating.

I stayed at Lamar Hostel, which is located within walking distance from La Casa. It's a beautiful building with air conditioning, wi-fi, a kitchen, and televisions. It was a great place to stay and very reasonably priced for the quality. I was very comfortable there, and the manager was very friendly. He took us to some protests and cultural events around town, gave us tours of the Old City, and shared his knowledge and stories of Hebron and life in Palestine. Staying at Lamar Hostel felt like being part of a big, welcoming host family.

As a 21-year old American woman traveling alone, I felt extremely safe in Hebron. I frequently walked around the city by myself and never felt unsafe. Palestinians are incredibly friendly and welcoming. I've never met people like them before. I miss Hebron already and hope to go back next summer. I loved this program and loved spending time in Palestine. Everyone should visit this country!

How can this program be improved?

The program could be better organized. There were sometimes confusing mix-ups with the teaching schedule at La Casa due to a lack of clear communication between La Casa staff and volunteers.

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Anna
Female
23 years old
Denver
University of Denver

One Month in Hebron

10/10

I spent one month with La Casa in Spring of 2016. I did the TELA program and had Arabic classes with Aya. I took Arabic 3 times per week for 2 hours per class and I loved it. The Arabic classes were super helpful. I studied Palestinian dialect and used what I learned in class every day while I stayed in Palestine. I also taught some English classes every week, sometimes alone and sometimes with another teacher. The students are AMAZING. I love that they are mostly University students because we could talk about interesting subjects and they felt comfortable discussing their culture and asking me about mine. La Casa is in the middle of the city, and 2 floors below a coffeeshop which is great. I really liked the staff, everyone was super welcoming and invited me to hangout in the center whenever I wanted.

Now that I am back in the US, I really miss Hebron and want to return. I felt surprisingly safe living there. The people are really nice. I was invited to a wedding and several dinners by students and friends that I met while in the city.

I stayed at Lamar Guesthouse which was beautiful and probably nicer than my apartment at home. My family was shocked when I sent them pics of where I was staying. It definitely made them feel better about me being in Palestine.

I was really happy with the program and I hope to return next summer. I wish I would have done more than one month though. It's hard to see everything Palestine has to offer in one month. Every weekend I travelled around but I still have a long list of places I want to visit- so I will be back! Seriously though -- many thanks to La Casa.

How can this program be improved?

Sometimes the schedule is a bit unorganized and they could work on that. But that's such a minor issue. Everyone is super nice and accommodating.

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Michael
Male
24 years old
Bennington, Vermont
Bennington College

To teach is to learn

9/10

The students and staff at La Casa were extraordinarily kind and helpful. I taught two conversational English courses and also prepared these students for the Key English Test. The immutable adage that you learn as much as you teach could have been written for my experience. As I had never taught before, it was a steep learning curve, but both the students and staff were accommodating and encouraging throughout my time. I highly recommend La Casa for anyone interested in teaching, learning Arabic, or living in Palestine.

How can this program be improved?

At first, it was difficult for me to draw out information regarding the English level I would be teaching and other details regarding the beginning of my classes. It would be helpful if this information is presented in an organized and coherent way in the future.

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Massimo
Male
32 years old
Avezzano (Aq) - Italy

Full immersion in language and culture

9/10

I arrived in Hebron on the 1st of September.
As one may imagine, I was worried about all the issues a westerner can be worried about. As time went by I was increasingly surprised of how people were peaceful and friendly with me.
I lived with a Palestinian host family. This makes the experience far more interesting, since you have the opportunity to taste good local food and to see how a Palestinian family daily lives..
Communication was not very easy, since nobody in the family spoke English Some friends helped me when I needed it, but, in the end, this king of issues force you to learn basic Arabic as quick as you can.
Talking about teaching English, I can say that it has been a wonderful opportunity to get into the culture, since every student was willing to know about foreign cultures and to talk about his/her own one.

As an overall judgment of the program I can say I am satisfied of the experience..

About The Provider

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La Casa Learning Center is an educational center located in the heart of Hebron, Palestine. By lifting up, strengthening, and educating individuals we empower them to see beyond their immediate circumstances, dreaming big dreams and growing up to achieve them. They will become teachers, doctors,

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