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Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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Kyrgyzstan

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4 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Award Profile

As unofficial cultural ambassadors, Fulbright ETAs live and teach English in cities and villages throughout Kyrgyzstan. Through their exchange, these Americans form powerful and enduring people-to-people ties with Kyrgyzstani students, colleagues, and community members.

Country Background: the Kyrgyz Republic, sometimes called the "Switzerland of Asia," is one of five independent states in Central Asia. Its citizens have worked to build an open and democratic society, exemplified by a peaceful transfer of power between presidents in December 2011 and October 2017. A country slightly smaller than South Dakota, the Kyrgyz Republic shares common borders with China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It is known for its unique felt crafts, traditional oral legends and rich natural history consisting of mountainous regions, the world’s largest natural-growth walnut forest, as well as a number of endangered species, including the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep. The Kyrgyz Republic hosted the Third World Nomad Games in 2018, a celebration of nomadic heritage that gathers artists, athletes and visitors from around the world to compete in traditional nomadic games such as horse wrestling, kok boru (dead goat polo), and horseback archery. 

Grant Period

10 Months

September through June. English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will arrive in early September to participate in an orientation in Bishkek, prior to teaching. Additional Russian/Kyrgyz language classes are available throughout the grant period. ETAs will begin assistant-teaching in their respective schools from September through May in accordance with Kyrgyzstan’s academic year.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June/July 2021 as a condition of their grant.

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

September 8-10, 2021

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to teach English at the secondary level. Successful candidates must be articulate, fluent English speakers and without dependents. Candidates with degrees in English, Education or TEFL/applied linguistics, are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Basic knowledge of Kyrgyz or Russian is recommended, but not required. Grantees are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country as part of their grant benefit.

Affiliation

All affiliation arrangements will be made by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. ETAs will be placed in Bishkek, Karakol or Kant.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Nature of Assignment

Placements: Previous placements have included Bishkek, Osh, and Tokmok. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. 

Host Placement Responsibilities and Expectations: ETAs will complete 20 hours per week of in-classroom assistant teaching, including all class preparation time and additional school-related activities at host institution. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English with a Kyrgyzstani co-teacher to university students and professionals at the host institutions.

Additional Responsibilities: 

Under the guidance of PAS, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, such as directing reading and conversation groups at an American Space, working with English Access Microscholarship Students, and assisting PAS with a variety of cultural and educational visitors. ETAs are encouraged to propose creative ideas for programming to engage students and other audiences, which should account for at least five hours of additional teaching or cultural outreach per week. 

Alumni and participants of other U.S. Government-sponsored programs, such as the English Language Fellows program, will act as local mentors, as available. Additional resources for ETAs include strong English-teaching associations in country.

The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section views English Language as a key tool to counter disinformation and provide access to information. ETAs are involved in a wide scope of English teaching activities that reach beyond the classroom, to show the fun ways that teachers and students can learn English. ETAs are involved in the annual I Love English Video Contest as judges and mentors; the annual countrywide American Song Contest for university and secondary students as judges; and also lend imagination and creativity to cultural events around the country that want to highlight American culture, holidays and historical figures. ETAs with specific interest in STEM may find themselves involved in mentoring TechGirls, young students interested in STEM or even the burgeoning Satellite Girls program in Kyrgyzstan which aims to build Kyrgyzstan’s first CubeSat to be launched into space.

Here are some videos made by an EL Fellow as examples of work that can be done: https://youtu.be/9Nzk-M9rv6M; https://youtu.be/7a1wQpng_6g

ETAs may also elect to register for a course at the “Lingua” school, a teacher-training center in Bishkek, to improve their teaching skills.

Learn more about the Fulbright ETA Program in the Kyrgyz Republic by listening to an alumna podcast here.

Housing

Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Upon arrival, ETAs will stay in a hotel for 3-4 days before moving into an apartment or staying with a local family.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

kg.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Gulzat Kochorova