Program Overview -

TALMA 2.0 is our year-long fellowship for educators with prior experience in Israel. This curated community of teachers live in cohorts of 4-10 Fellows and benefit from all-expenses-paid housing, a roundtrip flight to Israel, professional development, social enrichment, and a generous living stipend. Teachers serve in disadvantaged communities in Israel's social and geographic periphery, closing opportunity gaps, and bringing educational equity to deserving students. This is an ideal opportunity for young professionals wishing to grow their experience in international education, test the waters for Aliyah, or transition out of their current school or classroom to reenergize their career through new training and professional development within a supportive community. The 2020-2021 cohort application is closed; however, the summer 2021 application is open and applying is the first step for consideration for next year's full-year cohort. Learn more here.

Want to join The 2021 Full Year  Fellowship Cohort?

At least one year of professional teaching experience with relevant credentials or degrees.

Must be between the ages of 21-39. TALMA benefits solely support the accepted Fellow; however, we can sometimes accommodate a spouse.

Please review the A-1 or B-1 Visa eligibility criteria and associated required documents as listed here.

Where We Serve




Ben Shemen

Ein Gedi



General Questions:

Q. How long has TALMA's full year program existed?

In August of 2017, TALMA 2.0's first year-long Community of Teachers launched in the development town of Mitzpe Ramon. Since then, more than two dozen TALMA teachers have called Mitzpe home - and from their base there, our teachers have served thousands of students spanning the communities of Dimona, Yeruham, Ramat Negev, and Mitzpe itself. Following two years of positive impact in the Negev, in 2019, TALMA launched two new communities -Ben Shemen Youth Village and Ein Gedi - one focused on Israel's underserved geographic periphery, the other Israel's social periphery. In 2020, TALMA will also launch in Eilat.

Q. What is TALMA 2.0 all about?

A. TALMA 2.0 is a year-long immersive professional development and service experience comprised of educators from around the world. Participants will be placed within a state-run school supported by the Israeli Ministry of Education, teach English to disadvantaged students, receive world-class professional development from the Relay Graduate School of Education and partner organizations and gain a unique social experience living in a community of other young professionals working in education. The 2020-2021 Full Year communities will include Ben Shemen, The Dead Sea Region (with housing based in Jerusalem), and Eilat.


2.0 Fellows aren't just passing through a community for a summer, they are settling there for a year - and sometimes even testing the water for a more permanent move to Israel. Year-long Fellows receive housing with their own bedroom & cooking facilities in the heart of whichever community they are serving. Teachers in the program have all major costs-of-living covered by TALMA (housing, wi-fi, and program-related transportation), receive a generous living stipend, attend a weekly ulpan to support acclimation, and gain academic credits through Ben Gurion University (or an alternate academic partner) and professional development through partners such as Relay Graduate School of Education or Leading Educators. It's a chance to experience Israel like never before while leaving your mark on a community eager and grateful for your teaching talents. Read on for details, interviews with full-year alumni, answers to frequently asked questions, and more!

Q. Who is eligible to apply for TALMA’s Full Year Experience Program?


A. While this opportunity is usually only open to TALMA alumni or accepted summer fellows, in light of the summer's cancellation due to the pandemic, we are opening the application to all certified educators with prior experiences in Israel.

We hold the same qualifications for participation in 2.0 as we do for the summer but look more deeply at the community fit to ensure that you are a fit for the challenges that come with a full year fellowship. We work to establish that this program is the right fit for you, your needs, and where you are at this point in your life. The full-year experience requires a pioneering spirit - and we welcome open-hearted, open-minded, and tough spirited alumni and educators with open arms! Ultimately, final eligibility will be determined by the ability to obtain the necessary visas.

Q. Where will TALMA 2.0 be based?


A. Fellows will either live and teach in Ben Shemen, live in Jerusalem and teach in a Tamar Regional Council school, or live and teach in Eilat.


Q. When does TALMA 2.0 take place for the 2020-2021 Program? 


A. The fourth year of TALMA 2.0 is scheduled to begin August 10, 2020, and continue through July 1, 2021.

Q. Why should I consider applying to TALMA?

A. The answer to this question is personal to you, but if you loved your experience with TALMA's Summer Fellowship, or you've previously had a positive experience in Israel, imagine the sort of magic that can be created with a whole year together! If you need a break from your current work or living situation, are seeking to reboot, step back to gain perspective, are contemplating Aliyah, wish to reap the social benefits of our incredible community, the professional benefits of our unique PD programming, or seek the time and space for self-exploration in a supportive setting, this experience may be just what you've been waiting for!

Q. How can I afford to participate in TALMA for an entire year?


A. Fellows are provided with roundtrip airfare to Israel along with a generous monthly living stipend - the highest of any classroom-based education program in all of Israel. PLUS, all major living expenses are covered including accommodation, transportation, health insurance, and more. 

Q. I'm interested! Where, when, and how do I apply?

A. First of all, we are thrilled you are interested in TALMA! Whether you are 100% ready to commit or are interested but still have questions, begin the process by filling out the application HERE if you are new to TALMA or HERE if you are an alum -  and we'll be in touch! 

Q. My current school requires official documentation and/or my official acceptance letter before they will approve my leave or time-off for a sabbatical year, can you help?

A. Absolutely! Just email our admissions team HERE with the specifics of your request and we will work with you and your school to prepare you to join TALMA 2.0!


Questions on the Classroom Experience:

Q. How does the classroom experience from the summer program differ from the yearlong program? Will I have a co-teacher or teaching assistant?

A. One of the main differences between the summer and yearlong program is that you may not be sharing your classroom with an Israeli co-teacher. With your past summer experience with TALMA along with your professional experiences from the span of your career and the additional supports we will provide throughout the yearlong program, we are confident that you will rise to the challenge of leading a classroom on your own, while also having opportunities to provide small group support, push-in/pull-out instruction, and 1:1 learning.

That said, unlike the summer program, you will also not be with one class all day, but rather will float between several classes. Teaching assistants will be provided when possible, especially at the beginning of the year, and, in some cases, the regular classroom teacher may remain in the room as you lead the class, or share the class with you.

In certain circumstances, TALMA teachers will operate as push-in or pull-out teachers, working with individuals or small groups as a support, rather than as a lead teacher to a full classroom.

Q. What curricular supports will Fellows have?

A. Each district will have an English Studies supervisor or coordinator who will offer guidelines as well as learning objectives/standards. That said, the supports you have beyond that could differ from school to school and class to class.

To counter that, TALMA will bring outside support from the Relay Graduate School of Education as well as provide a TALMA specific orientation through the Israeli Ministry of Education. Additionally, Fellows will be connected to various online resources offering tools of support. The beauty of living in a community of TALMA teachers is that we can share resources amongst one another, creating our own system of support in addition to what the district and schools provide.


Q. If I get a teaching assistant in my room, how does that person differ from a co-teacher?

A. If your school provides you with a teaching assistant, this person does not necessarily share the same level of responsibility for your class as a co-teacher does during the summer program. A teaching assistant does not necessarily speak fluent English, though they may have some ability to help translate; their main role in the classroom is to assist with classroom management and serve as an additional adult presence in the room. Such individuals have no pedagogical responsibilities in the classroom, are not responsible to assist you with your lesson planning, and are typically without formal training. Alternatively, if you are given a co-teacher, they will be your liaison to the school.

Q. What grade will I teach?

A. The full-year program will operate in elementary, middle and high school classrooms in and surrounding the Tamar Regional Council, Eilat, and the Ben Shemen Youth Village We will do our best to match your skills and experience to an appropriate placement, but ultimately, placement will be determined by need and availability.


Q. What is the academic calendar for Israel?


A. The most straightforward answer is that we don’t honestly know all the details of the academic calendar for 2020-2021 because it is not yet released. That said, we do know the following approximations:

  • School begins around September 1st

  • School ends around June 20th for high schools and June 30th for elementary schools

  •  All Jewish holidays are off, and at Passover, there is a three-week vacation. 2019 holiday dates are listed here for reference (DD.MM.YYYY)

    • 29.9.2019-01.10.2019 Rosh Hashana 

    • 8.10.2019-9.10.2019 Yom Kippur 

    • 13.10.2019-23.10.2019 Sukkot

    • 23.12.2019-30.12.2019 Channuka 

    • 9.03.2020 -11.03.2020 Purim

    • 31.03.2020-16.04.2020 Pesach 

    • 20.04.2020 Yom Hatzmaut 

    • 11.05.2020-12.05.2020 Lag Baomer

    • 28.05.2020-30.05.2020 Shavuot 

Q. What are the expectations for Full Year Fellows with regard to grading?


A. Expectations for grading may differ from school to school and will be covered by the English Supervisor at your placement.


Questions on Professional Development Opportunities:


Q. What sort of formal professional development will I receive as part of TALMA?


A. There will be four core opportunities for formal professional development programming:

  1. A two-week orientation (abridged this year due to the pandemic)

  2. Ongoing training through the Relay Graduate School of Education or other PD partners

  3. Coursework through Ben Gurion University* (alternative offering for Eilat)

  4. Ulpan - Hebrew immersion classes


A two-week orientation

In conjunction with TALMA, the Israeli Ministry of Education will be contributing to our 1-2 week orientation. The training will take place in English with the purpose to transition and prepare TALMA fellows for the full-year experience of leading your own classroom. Fellows will receive a certificate of achievement to recognize the training hours upon their successful completion of the Fellowship.

Training through the Relay Graduate School of Education

Trainers from the Relay Graduate School of Education will provide on-the-ground and e-support to our Fellows through a combination of coaching, seminars and support focused on developing best practices through pedagogy, methodology and addressing personal areas of opportunity for growth.

Coursework through Ben Gurion University

The partnership with Ben Gurion University of the Negev is an opportunity to gain additional, non-teacher centric enrichment. This opportunity offers Fellows the chance to gain academic credits as well as learn more about the people, region, and interests of Israel. 

Additionally, Ben Gurion University of the Negev is considered one of the best social scenes in the South of Israel, and gaining access to the University provides access to a community of young professionals and academics within the region, a socially enriching opportunity to make new connections. Fellows will be able to utilize campus resources such as the library and gym, as well as participate in the thriving social scene. Upon completion of coursework, Fellows will receive academic credit as well as an official letter from the University documenting their coursework. Eilat Fellows will be offered an alternative given the distance to BGU.

Questions on the Living Situation:  


Q. Where is the TALMA Full Year Experience taking place?


A. The TALMA Full Year Experience is currently slated to take place in three living locations - Jerusalem, Ben Shemen Youth Village, and Eilat.

Q. What can you tell me about the living locations?

A. Plenty! We are working to gather additional resources and will update this section shortly.


Q. Where specifically will Fellows live?


A. Due to security reasons, specifics of housing will provided to Fellows in a non-public forum.


Q. What sort of accommodation is provided for Fellows?


A. Fellows will each have their own studio apartment or a 'tiny home' with all essential living needs. 


Q. What does the provided health insurance cover? What does it not cover?: 


A. TALMA provides fellows with a comprehensive medical health insurance plan. Dental plans are separate and are not provided except for emergency dental. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. For those requiring specific information regarding medication or prescription or availability of certain treatments, we can provide you with a copy of the insurance policy and the hotline phone number where you may direct questions.

Q. What meals will be provided? 

A. Meals are the responsibility of the participant, though a living stipend will be provided to subsidize these expenses, and some schools may have access to school-based meal plans or dining hall.

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