The Teach English and Study Arabic (TESA) Program provides internationals the opportunity to live in Hebron, Palestine and intern with the Excellence Center (EC).  International Interns play a crucial role in achieving EC’s mission of providing Palestinians the resources necessary to gain language proficiency and professional skills. Hosting people from abroad helps to maintain a diverse cultural dialogue and language exchange at EC.TESA

We have founded this program of hosting internationals in June 2011. Since then 200 interns and volunteers have worked with us from different countries like the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, China, The Netherlands and Switzerland etc. Interns who joined us were able to get to know the culture intimately and understand the situation in Palestine better. Moreover, many interns were accommodated with a Palestinian host family.

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During your time in Hebron you will engage with Palestinian youth and children in different educational, cultural and community activities organized by the Center. People from all educational backgrounds and from all over the world are welcome to apply for an Intern position.2Interns are provided with 3 hours of conversational Arabic a week. During their time in Palestine, interns instruct language classes and provide administrative assistance while immersing themselves in Palestinian culture. Program participants teach courses focusing in areas such as conversational English or their language of choice. Previous teaching experience is preferred but not necessary.3Excellence Center has a manual to guide you how to teach as well as books and teaching materials for all levels. Other responsibilities may include writing reports or letters.4Excellence Center aims to achieve social discourse through cultural immersion. Interns live with a host family (availability permitting), and visit historical sites and cities in the city of Hebron. EC aims to make interns feel at home so that they have a positive and enriching time in Hebron. Participants have the ability to truly experience Palestinian life.5Excellence Center offers  Teach English, Speak Arabic position year round

Excellence Center is looking for interns who can help Palestinian English teachers in the classroom by participating in the discussions, exchanging ideas etc. as well as teaching 2 or 3 intermediate conversational courses on their own during the internship. He or she will engage with Palestinian youth in different educational and community activities organized by the Excellence Center. All majors and nationalities are welcome to apply for the position.6“Teach English, Speak Arabic” program is designed for students and people who do not possess experience in teaching English as EFL (English as a Foreign Language). Upon completion of assistantship, the Excellence Center provides the participant with a certificate and a letter of recommendation which may then be used in career resumes or for acquiring university credits

Teach English, Speak Arabic participants responsibilities:

–       Teach two or three conversational English classes at the Excellence Center during the internship

–       Organize group activities for Palestinian students of English at the Center.

–       Help with some administrative tasks e.g. writing reports or press releases

–       Help other foreigners and Palestinian teachers with their classes

–       Organize workshops on different themes including how to write resumes, cover letters and conduct job interviews.7What you get from the Excellence Center:

–       Support during the time in Palestine

–       Live the Palestinian daily life, make new friends and engage in some community and educational activities

–       Live with a Palestinian host family

–       3 hours of conversational Arabic  a week

–       Arabic book for conversational Arabic

–       Some visits in the city of Hebron e.g. the old city, Abraham mosque, local universities

–       Some meals (Breakfast)

–       Immerse in Palestinian culture and politics

–       Meet Palestinian university, school students and community members8

Associated Fees for Teach English, Speak Arabic Program

Excellence Center charges a fee of 560$ per month. The program fees include:  pre-departure support, accommodation, breakfast, 3 hours of Arabic a week, full coordination while interning in Palestine, some visits to different sites in the city of Hebron.

Traveling to Palestine on your own?

No worries, you’ve come to the right place!

You will easily meet many Palestinian university and school students as well as community members with a variety of interests. Especially in Hebron, Palestinian people love to meet new people from different cultures and exchange ideas and experiences.

Moreover, the Excellence Center hosts many international visitors from all over the world who will be studying, volunteering, visiting or interning at center. Of course you will engage with them in some educational and community activities that the Center organizes.

Everyone at the Excellence Center – Palestinian students, international visitors and staff – are like one family and there are always activities to do together. Hebron is a good place for international visitors to stay at and offers a great social atmosphere.9Eligibility for Teach English, Speak Arabic program

People who are between 20 – 70 years old are eligible to participate in the Teach English and Speak Arabic Program.

The Internship Duration

Excellence Center accepts applications year round from applicants who can work with our institution for 2 to 3 months.

Which Airport Should I Start Checking for Flights to Palestine?

The easiest way to get to the Excellence Center in Hebron, Palestine is to fly to Tel Aviv Airport (Israel). It takes about two and half hours from the airport to the Excellence Center in Hebron via shared Taxi.

You can also fly to Amman, Jordan and then cross to Palestine, but it takes more time and is more expensive.10Visa

Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, you will be granted a tourist visa valid for 90 days. There is no need to obtain a visa ahead of time.

Travelling to and from Hebron, Palestine

You may find all needed information here

Pre-departure Support 

Excellence Center will organize calls with you via Skype, write invitation letters, send travel instructions, and give you advice on different topics related to your travels

Additional information

Please click here to find more information regarding the accommodation, visa, application process, etc. Please click here to watch a short film about the TESA program.  To know what others said about TESA, please click here.

How to apply

Please send us an email to Rafat@excellencenter.org,  please mention in the subject line Teach English, Speak Arabic in Palestine. We will then send you the application form.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact at Rafat@excellencenter.org


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