Short-Term and Summer Jobs in the Middle East
The Key Employers
See Teaching English in Egypt, Working in Egypt, and Teaching English and Living in Saudi Arabia for first-hand reports and resources.
The American Univ. in Cairo
Graduate Master's degree program and fellowship for teaching English as a foreign language are offered at the American Univ. in Cairo. Courses essential for effective teaching are given by a supportive, skilled faculty. The master's degree program requires 2 years and the intervening summer for completion. Program starts in September only.
Contact: American Univ. in Cairo, 420 5th Ave., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018-2729; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aucegypt.edu.
Amideast has network of English language schools in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Kuwait, Iraq, UAE, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia that recruits qualified teachers locally; field office addresses are on the website.
Volunteer in Israel
GoEco has established dozens of ecological and humanitarian
projects in cooperation with organizations both in the Arab and Jewish
sectors in Israel. The organization offers an informed and vetted
selection of projects to GoEco participants. Their target audience
is the ecologically concerned and adventurous traveler who wants
to explore a region firsthand and to get to know the local people,
customs and eco-system through a vetted volunteer program.
Volunteer projects and internships
include Tel Aviv Animal Shelter, Desert Wildlife Program, Desert
Eco Building, Desert Farm and Winery, Desert Alpaca Farm,
Social Food Program in Tel Aviv, At-Risk
Youth in Jerusalem, Long Term Wildlife Program, Ecotourism Development
in Nazareth, Mountain Eco Lodge, Bedouin Style Lodge, Coral Reef
Conservation, Refugee Health Clinic in Tel Aviv, Nazareth Hostel
Volunteering, Ecotourism Development in Central Jerusalem, and many
Contact: email@example.com, www.goeco.org/israel
Volunteer in Delegations to Palestine and Israel
Interfaith Peace-Builders sends delegations to Palestine
and Israel so that U.S. citizens can see the conflict with their
own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from
Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent peace/human-rights activists,
to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience
the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. The
delegations focus on seeing, listening to, and recording the experiences
and perspectives of a wide range of Palestinian and Israeli voices.
Visit: interfaithpeacebuilders.org and
their Facebook page
Kibbutz and Israel Volunteers
Volunteer, Ulpan (Hebrew and Study Program). Kibbutz Volunteers
live and work on a kibbutz in Israel. Work can vary: agriculture,
services, education, or industry. The volunteer program is for 2-6
months. Ulpan students live on kibbutz for 5 months where they work
3 days and study Hebrew 3 days a week. The program offers trips and
tours in Israel as well as social and educational activities. It
is a great way to explore your Jewish heritage and get connected
with your Jewish roots. Kibbutzes are located throughout Israel.
Magen David Adom Program: 2 months of volunteering with other volunteers
on ambulances. Program offered in the winter and the summer. Qualifications:
age 19-35, prerequisite: EMT, Internships Program, 2 6-month internships
designed according to individual requests of students and young professionals.
Love Volunteers offers short and long term programs in the Palestinian
Territories’ West Bank, where volunteers have the opportunity
to work with children and families in a refugee camp, assist with
construction, gardening and teaching within community centres,
and help on a permaculture project. You must be at least 18, commit
to stay for 1-2 weeks, and costs range from $245 per week.
and their Pinterest pages
Volunteer in Palestine as a Teacher
Experience a unique opportunity
to live and volunteer in the West Bank while being immersed in Palestinian
culture and making a difference in people’s lives. Volunteering
projects include teaching English, French, health, art, music, and
human rights/social justice. Volunteers live together and receive
free Arabic lessons.
Visit: projecthope.ps or
visit their Facebook page
Unipal (Universities Trust for Educational Exchange with Palestinians)
Runs short-term summer projects with Palestinian children in refugee camps in the West Bank teaching English through art, drama, music and crafts. Volunteers must be native English speakers and available for interview and training sessions in the U.K. in the spring. All costs covered except flights.
Contact: BCM Unipal, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unipal.org.uk.