2 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
Grant Length10 Months
ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, leading conversation clubs and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.
Grant Length: 10 months.
Grants begin in January 2025, and candidates should plan to attend a mandatory orientation upon arrival. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged.
As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Guatemala are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation in the U.S.
Applicants should have some experience working in an educational environment and, specifically, with classroom teaching. Candidates with degrees in English, applied linguistics or foreign languages, AND certification or significant coursework in teacher education or TESOL, are strongly preferred.
Because this is a student program, candidates with more than three years teaching experience or a Master's degree in TESOL and more than one year of teaching at the time of application may be considered overqualified and not eligible for this program.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Teaching assignments will be made by the U.S. Embassy and ETAs are usually placed at Guatemalan universities outside the capital of Guatemala City that host the Access Microscholarship Program. ETAs may be assigned to work in an area of Guatemala that is relatively remote and that offers a reduced-level of services and conveniences. As such, applicants should have a high level of flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations.
- Regional City
ETAs also will pursue an independent research, study, or volunteer project. The project is a secondary activity that will supplement the grantee's ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe this project in their Statements of Grant Purpose and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Guatemala; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Remember that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out this project.
Grantee housing possibilities include a host family setting, a room in shared student housing, a single apartment, and more. Grantees receive assistance from their host affiliates in identifying and securing the type of housing that best fits their preferences and needs.