English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Zambia aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Zambia.
Located in Southern Africa, Zambia has a population of close to 18 million people consisting of about 73 ethnic groups, with seven major languages described as national languages. Although Zambia uses English as the official language and as the language of instruction in schools, many students are bilingual or multilingual depending on their upbringing. It is not uncommon to find students in high schools or at colleges struggle with English language comprehension.
Our ETA program will assist EducationUSA students, high schools and those at teacher training institutions to acquire a solid grasp of the English language so that they can excel in their academic and professional endeavors.
Zambia’s academic year for higher learning institutions can vary by institution. The ETAs should plan to arrive in early January for host institutions with a January start.
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 Lusaka.
Master's-level candidates are preferred. However, graduating seniors or graduate students considering careers in education, who have a degree in English, education or TEFL/applied linguistics and have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with experience in working with first-generation college students, teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with the ability to incorporate or organize extra-curricular activities – 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
- Secondary School
- Teacher Training
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
- Other Educational/Community Institution
Placements will be made at teacher training colleges, community/educational organizations promoting education and English literacy, and higher learning institutions as appropriate. ETAs will also be involved in programming for American Spaces and assisting EducationUSA cohorts with essays and SAT preparations. The Embassy may also possibly engage secondary schools that require English teaching support but will not expect ETAs to take over courses due to staff shortages at a school.
ETAs spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting and supporting vocational instructors and teachers in training 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. The projects can include: literacy celebration weeks, youth groups, women's groups, journalism clubs, book clubs, cultural days, debate clubs, etc.
- Capital City
- Regional City
ETAs will be placed in the capital or regional city - although any increase in ETA numbers could lead to additional placements in rural areas.
Supplementary projects for ETAs when not engaged in ETA-related duties are recommended but not required.
ETAs must secure their own housing. They are encouraged to find temporary housing before arrival in Zambia, and to search for long-term housing thereafter.