Teaching English in Israel

Israel Overview

Israel is a fascinating and historically significant nation, home to the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert. Most Israelis are already excellent at English but there is still considerable demand for Business English classes and you can even teach in the local education system once you have local certification. With the exception of the British Council and International Schools, it is much easier to find work in Israel as very few vacancies are advertised on the internet. Knowing basics of the Hebrew language is greatly advised and may even form part of a potential contract.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Local schools 1,000 – 1,200 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday 5 weeks plus national holidays
Language centres 1,000 – 1,800 Various shifts including evenings and weekends 3 weeks plus national holidays
British Council 2,500 upwards Various shifts including evening and weekend work 7 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 3,500 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Tel Aviv.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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1. Experienced teachers are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best paid positions for those without a Masters Degree. If you do hold a relevant MA (or DELTA) then you should have no problems finding a well-paid position in a prestigious institution. Inexperienced teachers are advised to get some experience elsewhere first!

2. There are plenty of positions available within the local education system but be warned that the pay is low and you need local certification. For local advice, see the English Teachers Network Israel (ETNI) website.

3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation, especially in Tel Aviv.

Red tape

In reality, you generally have to be ‘on the ground’ in Israel in order to find most of the jobs. Your employer should take care of work permits for you once you have accepted an offer.

Cost of living

Food and transport costs are rather low but accommodation can be very expensive, particularly in Tel Aviv.

Tax and salary information

It appears that salary and income tax are paid monthly by your employer.


Reasonable demand for English tuition Low pay for those without experience or postgraduate qualifications
The Ministry of Education actively recruits native speakers Difficult to find work before arriving in the country
A fascinating and historic country in which to live and work Expensive housing costs in Tel Aviv

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