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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

10 Months

Grants begin in mid-February or early March 2020.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees to Central America are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education or TEFL/applied linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring and who have an interest in working in an international educational environment are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant on Applicant Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must be articulate English speakers with native fluency.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Arrangements will be made by the U.S. Embassy and grantees are usually placed at Costa Rican universities outside the capital of San Jose that host the Access Microscholarship Program.

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, leading conversation clubs and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

Supplementary Project

ETA grantees will also pursue an independent research, study, or volunteer project. The project is a secondary activity that will supplement the grantee's ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe this project in the Statement of Grant Purpose and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Costa Rica; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Remember that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out this project.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://cr.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Shirley Brenes