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Specialist Program

What will you receive?

English Language Specialists serve a valuable role in U.S. Embassy programs and in achieving U.S. Department of State diplomatic goals. Because of the important part they play, all Specialists on overseas assignments receive a generous benefits package, including:

  • honorarium of $250 for each day on assignment
  • allowance for all lodging, food, and local transportation expenses
  • round-trip travel between home base and host country
  • supplemental health benefits plan

Specialists on virtual assignments receive $50 per hour.

Because every Specialist project is different, the benefits are likely to be adjusted for each Specialist and each project. For current and complete compensation information, please contact specialist@elprograms.org.

There are many other professional benefits to becoming a Specialist.  For more information on the kind of work our Specialists do, click here.

Tax information

English Language Specialists are neither employees of the U.S. Department of State nor are they employees of the cooperating agency. All Specialists, in the cooperating agency’s financial records, are listed as vendors, or independent contractors.

Specialists are required to complete and submit to the cooperating agency a W-9 form. The cooperating agency will send each Specialist a 1099 Miscellaneous Income form that reports all funds paid through the English Language Specialist Program, with the exception of the program activities allowance. The cooperating agency does not withhold any money from English Language Specialist payments. At no time will money for taxes, social security, insurance, etc. be withheld from a payment. The cooperating agency does not provide tax advice or instruction. Specialists are encouraged to contact the IRS or a tax professional with specific tax questions.

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