The English Language Specialist Program is a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends experts in the field of English language education to lead intensive English language teacher training projects overseas.
Specialist assignments range from 10 working days to three months. Projects are designed by U.S. Embassies to address specific local needs. The English Language Specialist Program supports an average of 130 Specialist projects each year. Our Specialists have served in more than 80 countries across Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. The assignments are challenging, and the teachers who are chosen represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community.
The English Language Specialist Program strongly encourages the participation of new Specialist candidates. As of January 2020, Specialists will be eligible for one project per calendar year. That is 1-1-1: one Specialist – one project – one calendar year. For this new policy, multi-phase and multi-country projects will count as one project.