East Timor (Timor-Leste) is a small tropical island nation of about 1.3 million people. There are two seasons, wet and dry, with temperatures in the upper 80s (Fahrenheit) most of the year. The beautiful beaches offer plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities. The local population is very friendly and welcoming to Americans. There is a large expatriate community in the capital, Dili. Food selection varies throughout the year, but most amenities are available. Although there is a bus system that goes around the entire island, it is much more convenient to travel by personal car. The island is mountainous, so travel outside the capital can be time consuming as roads are still being developed. Daily flights leave from Dili to Darwin, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia, and flights to Singapore are scheduled three times a week, but they can be expensive.
Host Institution:National University of Timor-Leste
The National University of Timor-Leste is the country’s main institution of higher learning. Largely destroyed after the Indonesian occupation, the university is working to reestablish itself with assistance from international donors, including the United States. The challenges presented by Timor-Leste’s operating environment require Fellows to be flexible. The university students are quite eager to learn, so the Fellow will need to manage time carefully between classes and office hours.
- The Fellow will teach or co-teach courses for pre-service teachers on TESOL methods, syllabus and course design, and content-based instruction.
- Hold office hours for pre-service English teachers at the newly established American Space
- Assist with student extracurricular activities
- Support the U.S. Embassy’s annual camp for pre-service English teachers
- Visit and support English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) sites
- Offer academic writing workshops for final-year students
- Offer ELT professional development opportunities for local teachers