4 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Latvia helps to improve the teaching of the English language and American studies in Latvian schools and promotes education and cultural relationships between the United States and Latvia.
The grant period will be September to June.
All grantees are required to attend a Fulbright pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant, as well as an in-country orientation in September. The pre-departure orientation is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.
Well-rounded articulate candidates at all degree levels, including doctoral up to dissertation level, with an interest in international education and the initiative to assist the classroom teacher with conversational English at all levels will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on English, American studies, or education, are preferred.
Teaching assistant activities may include: 1) serving as a resource person in conversation groups; 2) providing small group tutorials; 3) assisting students with reading and written English; 4) giving presentations related to American studies in English classes or school/civic organizations; 5) assisting the classroom teacher by preparing classroom materials; and 6) starting English language clubs.
Previous experience in teaching, assisting with teaching, tutoring, or leading conversation groups is preferred. Applicants must be fluent English speakers. In addition to regular teaching duties, the ETA program in Latvia offers opportunities for research and/or community service.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Latvian language proficiency (or Russian in certain communities) is not required, but is encouraged. There is a possibility that U.S. Students will be provided with a stipend to study the local language while in-country.
- Middle School
- Secondary School
- Vocational/Technical School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
- Other Educational/Community Institution
Grantees may be placed in universities, schools or other venues where English language instruction is needed. Applicants may indicate a host institution preference, but the Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy will seek the most appropriate placements. Applicants will likely be placed outside of the capital city in smaller communities.
Grantees will assist an experienced English instructor and will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, and reading and writing courses. Grantees may also be involved with some educational advising and outreach. Grantee hours and responsibilities will be discussed with the PDS and finalized prior to arrival in Latvia.
- Regional City
Applicants will likely be placed outside of the capital city in smaller communities.
Grantees are expected to engage in social or community activities related to their academic and personal interests. Applicants should keep in mind that these activities may be flexible with respect to geographic location and local partner organizations since the activities will depend on the placement. Grantees will also be asked to run English Language Clubs and other activities at the American Spaces in Latvia.
Grantees will be responsible for finding their own housing in the country. The U.S. Embassy and host institution will provide helpful tips on how to find suitable housing.