35 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodJuly Start
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 tolerance, patience, and maturity. But for the right person, it is an excellent choice.
The 9-month grant period is normally from July to April, but since there will be mandatory in-country orientation before the grant start for 2-3 weeks, ETA will be anticipated to be arrived in Indonesia one month earlier before the grant start which is on June 2022.
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.
Candidates must be mature, open-minded, articulate, resourceful, initiative, motivated, flexible, collaborative, 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 fluent English-speakers. ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 may have additional expectations for their ETA.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
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.
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:
- Negative HIV/AIDS test result
- Negative drug test result
In addition, selectees 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
The primary activity of this program is assisting in teaching English as a foreign language. Because of visa and permit restrictions, it is not possible for ETAs in Indonesia to undertake independent research, work and volunteer with non-governmental organizations. ETAs are also not allowed to publish journalism or research works during the grant. However, ETAs are encouraged to seek opportunities for cultural enrichment, including community service, to enhance their overall Fulbright experience as cultural ambassadors.
Note on authorized leave time: Travel outside of most site placement during the ETA grant in Indonesia is limited. An accepted grantee's first responsibility is to the Indonesian host schools. There will be a period in semester break when the ETAs will have leave time. The use of leave time outside semester break may not be possible. Candidates should not apply for or accept this award unless they are able to commit to this academic schedule.
Using leave time prior to completion of the local permit process and during the last month of the grant is not allowed, due to Indonesian immigration regulations.
ETAs will typically be placed at high schools that are mostly located in remote areas that are about one to four hours away from the local airport.