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Partnership 2Gether Teacher Exchange Program

Arava JAFIKaren Hayeson

Partnership 2Gether Teacher Exchange Program

9 May 2013

Dear Educator

As part of the Partnership 2Gether Teacher Exchange Program, last year, Bialik College in Melbourne hosted two teachers from the Acacia School in the Central Arava. This year, the Australia Arava Partnership is planning to send two Australian teachers to the Central Arava to work in the kindergartens, primary or secondary school. We are seeking expressions of interest from anyone wishing to be a candidate for this program.

When?
• anytime between mid December 2013 and the end of January 2014 for 3 – 4 weeks
Commitment?
• five days per week (Sunday to Thursday incl.) at the Acacia School

What’s included?
• return airfares to Israel (economy)
• transfers to and from the Central Arava
• accommodation
• food/meal allowance
• two days free each week
• home hospitality

Criteria for selection?
Acacia Kindergarten and Elementary School (Years Kinder – 6)

  1. Familiarity with the abilities and requirements of kindergarten children or elementary school children aged 9 to 12 years and an ability to engage them.
  2. Proficiency in spoken Hebrew.
  3. For elementary school, assistance in teaching English in the classrooms (frontal instruction) as well as individual tutoring according to student needs.
  4. Knowledge of teaching a foreign language to special needs children is desirable though not essential.

Acacia High School (Years 7 – 12)

  1. Familiarity with the abilities and requirements of middle and high school children aged 13 to 16 years and an ability to engage them.
  2. Proficiency in spoken Hebrew.
  3. Assistance in teaching English (language and grammar) in the classrooms as well as individual tutoring according to student needs.

Interested teachers should send their applications to: Loren Sabel at aravah@uiavic.org by Tuesday 11 June 2014. The application should address all of the above criteria relevant to school level (Kindergarten, Elementary or High).

Thank you for your support in this project.

Yours sincerely

Nicky Jacobs
Chair ACE Committee
Arava Australia Partnership

What is the Teacher Exchange Program?
The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) established Partnership 2Gether – a worldwide “living bridge” project, connecting many Israeli communities with Diaspora communities around the world. Such partnerships are designed to allow for the development of personal relationships between Diaspora Jews and Israeli people, to be an educational tool in informing Jews about Israeli life, people and places and to assist in sharing expertise regarding community-building and community development.

Approximately 17 years ago, a partnership was established by UIA Australia with the Central Arava Region. The Central Arava is a desert area which is home to five pioneering moshavim and two other settlements and together with the residents, the UIA has been involved in the development of the region.

The Arava Australia Partnership is involved in a number of areas. These include: leadership, education, youth activities, information technology and web design, tourism, and community services. The Partnership assists the Central Arava communities in developing their skill base and adding to their economic viability.

Teacher exchanges between the Acacia School in the Central Arava and a Jewish School in Melbourne and Sydney have been operating for a number of years. The aim is for each community to send teachers for a period of approximately four weeks during the summer holidays of that community. During his/her stay, the teacher is actively involved in teaching in Australia or the Central Arava, and is expected to continue promoting mutual Partnership issues once they return home to their community. The teacher will be integrated into the teaching staff of the host school, in the primary or secondary school, according to existing activities of the school. The teacher will also be involved in the organization of the reciprocal delegations and will constitute a vital element in the planning of joint Central Arava-Australia educational projects.