English Teaching Assistant Award NEW
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Cameroon aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Cameroon. It is a professional development opportunity designed to enhance teaching skills and offer a positive experience in Cameroon. Please note that ETAs are not full-fledged professors.
Cameroon is officially bilingual, with both English and French recognized by the government. Cameroon’s eco-system is unique, and it is often called “Africa in Miniature.” Rainforest, savannah, desert, beaches, wildlife preserves, and an active volcano can all be found in the country.
The academic year begins October 2023 and ends July 2024. ETAs will need to arrive in mid-September for the in-country orientation.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023. A mandatory in-country orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde soon after the grantees’ arrival.
Graduating seniors or graduate students with an undergraduate degree in English or education who are considering careers in English, education, or TEFL/applied linguistics and who have experience teaching or tutoring. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
English and French are the official languages in Cameroon. Although Cameroon is officially bilingual, French speakers greatly outnumber English speakers and a working knowledge of French is necessary.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
- Other Educational/Community Institution
ETAs spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting university professors and teacher training instructors in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities. ETAs may assist in a variety of academic formats including modelling interactive activities with partner teachers, offering one-on-one tutoring and co-teaching large groups to improve the English academic reading and writing skills of university undergraduates for whom English is both a second language and the medium of instruction at school. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Placement will be at the university undergraduate level, with some possible outreach to secondary and middle schools (periodic language enhancement camps).
Involvement in American Spaces or EducationUSA activities would also be welcome.
- Capital City
ETAs will be placed in the capital city.
A supplementary project to be worked on when the grantee is not engaged in ETA-related duties is recommended but not required.
The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying possible housing. However, finding and securing housing is ultimately the responsibility of each ETA.