Israel, a country in the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea, is considered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are found in Jerusalem. In its old town, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock Sanctuary, the historic Western Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Tel Aviv, the financial center of Israel, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.
Some of the best international schools in Israel include the Anglican International School of Jerusalem, the American Walworth Barbour International School, as well as several others. However, be prepared to pay the school fees if you decide to enroll your child in one of these international schools. For example, tuition fees for the Jerusalem American International School can range between ILS 27,000 and 62,000 (USD 7,768-17,737) per year. The best schools in the country for primary and secondary school students are Tel Hai, Hasharon and Hebrew University High School. The education system is divided into three levels: primary, intermediate and secondary. The school system in Israel requires students to attend school until at least the twelfth grade.
Working in Israel is absolutely lucrative and booming, especially if you can find work in high tech and economics. If you are wondering how to get a job in Israel, the best thing you can do is update your CV and cover letter to meet the standards and expectations of Israeli employers. For example, did you know that in Israel a cover letter should not exceed five sentences? Israelis are simple, so the shorter your CV and cover letter, the better. Self-employment in Israel will require you to register at three different offices: value-added tax, tax authorities and the National Insurance Institute. Registration at the last office ensures that you make your Israeli social security contributions, which will be determined based on your expected turnover. The average salary in this country is 10,780 ILS (3,087 USD) per month. The business culture in Israel can be shocking for many expatriates. Dress codes are less formal than you would expect for the business community. Meetings seem chaotic with phones ringing, people snacking while talking and drinking coffee. Nevertheless, it is a great country to work and learn.
The cost of living in Israel is high. In the Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey 2019, it ranks at number 15. We give you an overview of rental prices, utility costs, tuition fees, and more, so you know what to save by going to Israel. Driving in Israel can be a shock for many expatriates. It can be quite a stressful experience. There is traffic, lots of horns and screams, and aggressive driving is not uncommon. You can drive with a foreign driver’s license in this country for one year. If you plan to stay longer in the Holy Land, you will need to convert your foreign driver’s license to an Israeli license. Public transportation in Israel is easier and simpler to use and navigate if you get a Rav-Kav smart card. It is a rechargeable card that you can use on buses and trains across Israel. Cards are issued free of charge and can be easily ordered online.