35 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJune Start
Grant Length9 Months
Since 2004, AMINEF, the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia, has placed American Fulbrighters in high school classrooms in Indonesia to provide assistance to local English teachers through the US Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program.
Indonesia is a great place to be an ETA. The world’s most populous Muslim democratic country, Indonesia is a diverse and multi-ethnic society. A nation of around 17,000 islands, it is home to more than 300 ethnic groups, who speak over 700 different local languages. Indonesia is a dynamic country with a rapidly growing economy and it is gaining momentum on the international stage. ETAs will enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty of the country in addition to experiencing first-hand its stunning cultural riches. ETAs are mostly placed in rural areas and can get a sense too of the needs and aspirations of citizens of a developing country. For many Indonesian students and teachers where ETAs are placed, their previous interactions with Americans are minimal, and they know the US mainly from Hollywood movies and the local media. Thus, meeting and interacting daily with an American gives them an opportunity to get to know Americans first-hand. ETAs play an essential role as cultural ambassadors for the US in Indonesia, therefore.
Indonesians are well known as open, friendly, and hospitable, and ETAs in Indonesia inevitably talk of their experiences as ETAs there as transformative and life-changing.
There are many things to adapt to, and a posting as an ETA in Indonesia requires high level of tolerance, responsibility, empathy, patience, and maturity. But for the right person, it is an excellent choice.
The 9-month grant period will be from June to February, provided that the pandemic has subsided and travel restrictions have been lifted.
AMINEF, the Fulbright Commision in Indonesia, will hold virtual pre-departure orientation sessions. All selected ETAs must attend all sessions. There will be 4 to 5 sessions that will be held in 4 to 5 days. One session in a day will last for a maximum of 2 hours.
While for mandatory in-country orientations, the duration will be around 2 to 3 weeks. This in-country orientation goals are to enhance the English teaching skill especially in Indonesian classroom, intercultural skill between Indonesian and American, and language skill - Bahasa Indonesia. Detail of in-country orientation will be informed later during arrival in host country.
Throughout the grant, ETAs are expected to exhibit a highl level of professionalism, cross-cultural sensitivity and respect towards people in their host schools, community, local norms and values, and Fulbright Commission. As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are also encouraged to share aspects of American culture with their schools.
Therefore, candidates must be fluent English-speakers, mature, responsible, open-minded, articulate, resourceful, initiative, motivated, flexible, and collaborative. Candidates also must have relevant teaching experience and be committed to working in an instructional setting with Indonesian high school students. Candidates with degrees in Education, English, and TESOL/TEFL are given preference, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply.
Candidates must be able to adapt and thrive within a variety of intensive cultural environments including the challenges of living in a less comfortable setting. Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to work in the Indonesian cultural context and the Indonesian educational system that are very different from American culture and education system, and often time do not fit the ideal standard of most Americans. Candidates must be willing to take on a rural placement, as that constitutes the great majority of placements.
Candidates should have the desire to and interest in learning Indonesian history, culture, language, local values and norms.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Upon receipt of the Fulbright award, all English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be expected to complete a 120-hour online TESOL/TEFL course designated by AMINEF. Those already holding TESOL/TEFL certificates or having Master degrees in TESOL/TEFL are not required to complete the course.
As part of the selection process, commission may invite a limited number of semifinalists to participate in virtual interviews. This step is not a guarantee that the semifinalist will be selected for the grant.
Due to the pandemic and to protect the safety and health of the ETAs, host communities and commission's staff, and to adhere to Indonesian Government's mitigation rules, some aspects and policies of the Fulbright ETA program in Indonesia can be different than in previous years. This can include higher level of domestic and international travel restrictions, visitation restrictions, social activity and gathering restrictions. This will require ETAs to comply with the standards, policies and guidance set by the commission. This also requires ETAs to understand and to have the willingness to accept the additional risks that come with the commitment to participate in Fulbright ETA program during the pandemic/endemic.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Some study of Indonesian prior to arrival is recommended in order to ease transition to school and community life. ETAs will be provided very basic language instruction in Indonesian as part of the in-country orientation and one-on-one tutors at site, if requested. ETAs should have the desire to learn about Indonesia and Indonesian language. The following websites may be useful:
ETAs are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award.
Critical Language Enhancement Award
ETAs are not eligible for Critical Language Enhancement Award.
- Secondary School
ETAs will typically work with Indonesian high school teachers in teaching conversational English to students at selected public and private schools, including Islamic boarding schools, throughout Indonesia, mostly in remote areas.
Approximately 20-25 hours per week of classroom teaching alongside local English teachers, from Monday through Friday, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities, will be required. ETAs also spend up to 10 hours per week leading extracurricular activities at their host schools.
ETAs are also required to initiate and execute Community Engagement Projects in the communities where they live, for which small amounts of funding will also be available.
Each school usually has additional expectations for their ETA.
ETAs will typically be placed at high schools that are mostly located in remote areas.
ETAs should expect to encounter various daily challenges, such as power outages, language and cultural differences, unwanted attention and lack of proper health care. Local attitudes toward gender, religious, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and other layers of identity can be unexpected and discomforting, but also can open opportunities to have rewarding and fruitful discussions, as well as exchanges of thoughts to better understand and to educate one another. ETAs are expected to be prepared to negotiate these differences with maturity, diplomacy and respectful manner. ETAs are also expected to observe all security, safety and health practices appropriate for a developing country.
ETAs are also required to initiate and execute a minimum of two Community Engagement Projects in the communities where they live, for which small amounts of funding will also be available. However, due to visa restrictions, ETAs are not allowed to carry out any research project, journalistic investigations, NGO-related activities, political activities, missionary activities, medical care activities, commercial activities, fundraising and employment.
Housing arrangements are made by the schools where ETAs will be placed, subject to approval by AMINEF. Most ETA sites are in remote, rural areas which tend to be more conservative and communal. ETAs must be prepared to adapt to local customs, conditions and norms. This includes dealing with much less privacy than what they are used to and different standard of facilities (ie cold water showers, pests, open-air homes, etc). Housing situations vary greatly from site to site. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, Western groceries and internet connectivity. This requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability on the part of the ETAs.
Health Disclosure and Eligibility
In compliance with the Indonesian government regulations regarding health and assignment in the school system, candidates must include any medical disclosures for the applicable medical conditions listed below in the medical examination forms provided by IIE and AMINEF after being selected as Fulbright finalists. Strict adherence to these regulations is mandatory, and your grant is contingent on the ability to secure a placement in Indonesia. Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.
Indonesian government requires medical proof of the following:
- HIV/AIDS test result
- drug test result
Due to the increasing concerns on HIV/AIDS and drugs abuse, and the lack of quality medical facilities and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients and drug addicts in Indonesia, Indonesian Government is likely to not provide legal temporary stay permit to people with HIV/AIDS and drug addiction.
In addition, selected candidates must also disclose the following conditions:
- Conditions worsened by stress such as: epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
- Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans, gluten