English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Mauritius aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Mauritius. U.S. participants will be immersed in a diverse culture and meet students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The Island of Mauritius is volcanic in origin and lies in the southwest Indian Ocean. The island's estimated population in July 2020 was 1,379,365. With 626 persons per square kilometer, Mauritius is one of the world's most densely populated countries. The Government of Mauritius provides free primary and secondary education, which is compulsory until the age of 16.
Many Mauritians are fluent in at least 4 languages: English, French, an Asian language (these three being included in the school curriculum) and Creole, the mother tongue.
The academic year for Mauritian secondary schools will begin in January 2025 and end in November 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 Port Louis around the second week of January 2025.
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 are preferred. 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. Above all, applicants should have a positive and adaptable attitude.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
English is the language of business and government in Mauritius, but a working knowledge of French is useful, nevertheless. Learning a few words and phrases of Mauritian Creole is also helpful.
- 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, reading and writing clubs, English clubs, cultural days, debate clubs, etc.
- Regional City
The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying possible homestays or other lodging. However, finding and securing housing is ultimately the responsibility of each ETA.