4 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
As unofficial cultural ambassadors, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) live and teach English in cities and villages throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. 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. Its topography and wildlife consist 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.
September through June. 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 the Kyrgyz Republic's academic year.
Grant length - 10 months.
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
Foreign Language Proficiency
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.
Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic. Upon arrival, ETAs will stay in a hotel for 3-4 days before moving into an apartment or staying with a local family.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
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.
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 activities. 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 and illustrate engaging 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 the Kyrgyz Republic's first CubeSat to be launched into space.
ETAs may also elect to register for a course at the “Lingua” school, a teacher-training center in Bishkek, to improve their teaching skills.
Previous placements have included Bishkek, Osh, and Tokmok. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy.