English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program in Botswana aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Botswana. More specifically, it serves to strengthen English learning and teaching in Botswana's primary and secondary schools, which operate under the guidance of the Ministry of Basic Education.
ETAs will be assigned to and supervised by the heads of the English departments at their host schools, and will work alongside English teachers. They will be placed in peri-urban and rural schools where English speaking and writing are a challenge. (English is an official language of Botswana, but is overwhelmingly spoken as a second language.) ETAs will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas on pedagogy with colleagues, participate in community and volunteer activities, and collaborate with public libraries on public outreach efforts.
The academic calendar for public schools in Botswana runs in three quarter terms: January to April, May to August, and August to December with short breaks in between.
It is recommended that ETAs arrive during the first week of January 2024 to allow time to settle in before classes start. This is also when class enrollment schedules are determined.
As a condition of the grant, all grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023.
A mandatory in-country group orientation will also be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone.
Bachelor's and Master's-level candidates considering careers in education, and who have a degree in English, education or TEFL/applied linguistics along with experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Candidates with degrees in other fields will be considered if they have experience: working with first-generation college students, teaching youth in a rural environment, teaching English as a second language, and teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with the ability to incorporate or organize extra-curricular activities – such as music, art, dance, English Clubs, Reading and Writing Clubs - are preferred. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Local language is not required, but some proficiency in Setswana is recommended.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- Secondary School
- Vocational/Technical School
ETAs spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting and supporting vocational instructors and English teachers in primary and secondary schools, and working on additional projects. ETA roles may include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, modelling interactive activities with partner teachers, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English. ETAs may assist in a variety of academic formats such as one-on-one tutoring or co-teaching large groups. ETAs are also encouraged to create their own projects with institutions or communities. These projects might involve a literacy celebration week, dance groups and athletic teams, job fairs, women's groups, journalism clubs, book clubs, cultural days, debate clubs, etc. Involvement in EducationUSA activities would also be welcome.
ETAs will be placed in peri-urban and rural schools.
A supplementary project (to be worked on when the grantee is not engaged in ETA-related duties) is encouraged.
The U.S. Embassy will secure temporary lodging for ETAs during the in-country orientation in Gaborone. The Embassy will also work with host schools to identify appropriate local, long-term housing for ETAs. However, finding and securing housing is ultimately the responsibility of each ETA.