12 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length11 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States.
Prior teaching experience is not required but helpful. It’s important to note that ETAs are not full‐fledged professors, the program is a professional development opportunity for them to advance their teaching skills and have a positive experience in the host country. There may be additional responsibilities of teaching in the U.S. Embassy American Center.
All grantees are required to begin their 11 month grants in early August 2024 in order to attend the in-country orientation program. English Teaching Assistants will be placed at their host institutions from September 2024 through July 2025.
ETAs are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation organized by ECA and IIE in the summer and attend an in-person orientation in Vientiane upon arrival.
Candidates must be mature, open-minded, articulate, resourceful, initiative, motivated, flexible, collaborative and should be committed to working and living in a Lao high school or university setting. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers. Previous teaching experience is preferred.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane may be contacted for interviews via skype or phone.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: All class teaching is in English. Intensive Lao language instruction will be provided during the in-country orientation program. Candidates are encouraged to indicate plans for Lao language study in their applications and to study the language during their grant terms.
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
ETAs are placed at universities, teacher training colleges, and high schools in Vientiane, Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, and other sites.
Driving motorbikes in Laos is extremely dangerous and is therefore not permitted.
- Capital City
ETAs will be placed in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Savannakhet.
No research or independent study is required. English Teaching Assistantships are not study/research awards and teaching takes most of the grantees' time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Laos, what they bring to the classroom, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.
Housing may be independently arranged or the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy can provide assistance.
Nature of Assignment
Approximately 20 hours per week of classroom teaching at Lao host institutions, plus requisite class preparation time is expected. English Teaching Assistants will also organize language-related cross-cultural student activities. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane.