Have you ever gotten a job through TESOL’s Marketplace at the convention? In 1992, I interviewed for an English Teaching Fellowship funded by the US government and at that time contracted by the School of International Training (SIT). When they asked what my preference was in location, I selected three corners of the world: Ecuador, Iceland, and Mozambique. I wasn’t their first pick, but I landed the fellowship in Mozambique, mostly because the country was at war, and I was willing to work in those conditions.
It was an amazing job to say the least. I was able to work at the University of Eduardo Mondlane as an instructor and teacher trainer. I learned how to speak Portuguese while I was there, as well as some of the local dialect, Tsonga. I saw the country enter into a peace treaty that ended a long civil war, and I was there to see rainfall after a long drought and folks dancing in the streets. It was a great time of change for the country. After the civil war, Mozambicans were allowed to travel freely and finally able to formally hold funerals and weddings.
Nowadays, the name of the fellowship has changed to English Language Fellow and is currently contracted though Georgetown University. Here are some specific details for the job, as posted on the advertisement in the TESOL MarketPlace:
- stipend of $25,000 (Fellows)-$35,000 (Senior Fellows)
- living allowance (rent, utilities, food, and local transport)
- materials and predeparture allowances
- program activities allowance
- supplemental health benefit plan (not to replace existing health insurance held by applicant)
- round-trip airfare from the United States to the host country
If you’re interested in finding out how to apply for a job at the Marketplace, review the details on the TESOL Web site. To find out who will be recruiting at the Marketplace, visit TESOL’s Career Center. At the time of this posting, there were 84 companies listing jobs! Furthermore, the listing for English Language Fellow has 125 openings around the world. Remember that you must be registered for the conference to attend the Job MarketPlace.
Sandra Annette Rogers