4 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
The English Teaching Assitant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters for 9 months in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.
Grants begin in January with a three-day mandatory orientation session in Dili, Timor-Leste. The school year begins in late January/early February 2023 and runs through late October/early November 2023. ETA co-teaching duties will finish at the end of September, with the final month of the grant period spent carrying out English language activities at the U.S. Embassy’s American Space, ‘UmaAmerika’. This is an American-style research and cultural center that provides information about American education, organizes cultural and information programs about the United States, and supports the study and teaching of English.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2022 as a condition of their grant.
Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities of Southeast Asia. Applicants must be willing to take on either an urban (Dili) or rural (Gleno) placement. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, resourceful, flexible, independent, and outgoing, and prepared to manage with limited resources.
Bachelor's or Master’s degrees with a focus on English, American Studies, or Education are preferred.
Prior teaching or tutoring experience will be helpful, and experience working with ESL/EFL learners is preferred.
Candidates should have an interest in teaching conversational English at university level.
Living standards are not as high as those in the U.S. or other cities of Southeast Asia, so candidates should exhibit the ability to adapt and be flexible.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Accepted Degree Levels
No research or independent study is required. ETA awards are not study/research awards, and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Timor-Leste and what the applicant will bring to the classroom experience.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Depending on the availability of funds and the number of ETAs in country, the U.S. Embassy will pay for introductory Tetum courses for ETAs. In line with the program's objectives, English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are expected to speak only English in their assigned schools.
Accommodations will be made with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy. Grantees should expect simple but adequate accommodation which may not be of U.S. standards.
Grantees will be placed in a university or vocational training school setting and work with English teachers to provide conversational English and/or integrate English language courses. A brief description of preference can be highlighted in the statement of purpose. University placement will be in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Vocational training school placement may be in Dili or Gleno, located approximately 90 minutes from the capital. Grantees will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing, and American cultural topics. Schools in Timor-Leste are very crowded and lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western food. ETAs will have access to internet connectivity via mobile WiFi routers available for purchase in Timor-Leste. Candidates must be willing to adapt to local living conditions.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Special Application Instructions
Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Dili may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.
Nature of Assignment
Approximately 30 hours per week will be spent in the classroom assisting English teachers and conducting English language activities. An additional 5-10 hours will be devoted to participating in or leading school-related activities, clubs, teams, etc. Applications should highlight the applicant’s talents/experience in coaching sports, music, theatre, art, and other skills that could be useful for engaging students both in and out of the classroom.
Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.
ETAs may be placed in the capital city or in rural areas and need to be prepared to adapt to local customs.