English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Madagascar aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Madagascar. The overall benefits to the U.S. participant include the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in supplementing classroom activities to English teaching/learning and acquiring a balanced view of the dynamics between teachers and students.
Madagascar is the world’s second largest island country. It is located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean and has an estimated population of 26 million. The official language is Malagasy with 18 major ethnic dialects.
ETAs are expected to arrive between 2-4 weeks prior to the start of their assignment to attend an in-country orientation, finalize local visa applications, identify housing, and attend mandatory briefings with Embassy personnel.
Madagascar’s academic year for secondary schools is currently scheduled to begin in October 2024 and end in July 2025.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo.
Bachelor’s and Master's-level candidates who have a degree in English, education, TEFL/applied linguistics or American Studies, and who have experience teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with the ability to incorporate or organize extra-curricular activities – e.g., 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.
Prior experience in the country/region would be preferred, or at least previous interactions with people from Madagascar or individuals who have had substantial experience in the country.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
A working knowledge of French and/or Malagasy may be useful in Madagascar.
- Secondary School
ETAs spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting and supporting English secondary school teachers and working on additional projects. ETA roles may include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, modeling 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. Projects may include, but are not limited to: environmental clubs, job fairs, girls’ groups, book clubs, cultural days, debate clubs, etc.
Involvement in American Spaces or EducationUSA activities is also a regular part of the ETA experience and will be incorporated into the ETA’s weekly schedule in coordination with the host institution. See more information about these activities on the Embassy of Madagascar’s website and EducationUSA Madagascar Facebook page (link below).
- Capital City
- Regional City
Selected applicants for this program will be placed in the country’s capital city of Antananarivo and other regions, at public high schools where the U.S. Embassy routinely conducts English teaching-related programs.
A supplementary project outside of ETA-related duties may be considered. The U.S. Embassy would assist in coordinating this.
While host institutions may not be able to provide accommodations/housing for ETAs, the U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying decent temporary and long-term housing within the vicinity of their assignment neighborhood to the extent possible. However, finding and securing housing is ultimately the responsibility of each ETA.