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December 15, 2014

By Allie Bernstein, Career Israel Intern

 

"Could I? No...Well, could I? I mean...well, no. But could I?"
 
 
That was my mental state for about a week after I first learned of Masa Israel Journey and the opportunities it offered.
 
At the time, I was working in social media marketing in Chicago. By a happy coincidence, I found out about Masa Israel on the exact day that I realized I wasn't feeling satisfied with my career. I saw the headline "intern in Israel!" and I realized that doing this would solve two problems in my life at the same time:
 
  1. I could try out a new career. And since I was thinking about switching industries in a terrible economy, that meant I'd be starting at the bottom as an unpaid intern anyway....
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December 15, 2014

By Danielle Meyers, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be'er Sheva

 

A handful of Israeli fifth graders file into a small room and choose their seats at one of of two-top tables in front of them.

 

I smile at them with a million dollar American smile. "Welcom to English class!" They shyly smile back, knowing they've been specially chosen to take part in my classroom activity. In about 30 seconds, I came to the realization that I had the honest and full attention of these adorable kids. They were hooked form the moment they heard me speak English.

 

Fascinated by all things pop culture and digital, the children I teach are overwhlemingly curious about things involving English-isms. Questions of Ariana Grande, the IPhone 6 and Instagram flutter through the classroom as I try to draw order and start a productive lesson.

 

Although they are...

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