The 2023-2024 Virtual Educator application is open!
Virtual Educator Program
Virtual Educators are experienced and dedicated English language educators with an MA, preferably in TESOL or a related field. Virtual Educator projects range in length from a few weeks to a semester. Projects include online English language teaching, teacher training, and cultural exchange.
What Do Virtual Educators Do?
Students in Turkey participated in a literary-themed scavenger hunt for an online English Book Club.
Coffee mugs often appear in Virtual Educators photos, with project hours occurring at all hours of the day.
A local Kazakh musician and high school student were speakers at a webinar for the Nur-Sultan American Corner.
Virtual Educators set up their workspace at home or another personal space using their own equipment.
Online breakout rooms ensure that students have more opportunity to use their language skills.
Virtual Educators often collaborate with their Regional English Language Office on online conferences.
Virtual Educator Program
- Planning Supplements
- Virtual Activities Allowance
- Professional Benefits
Virtual English Language Educators receive a generous benefits package for the valuable role they play in U.S. Embassy programming, and in achieving U.S. Department of State public diplomacy goals.
The final benefits package is outlined in the agreement Virtual Educators receive from the program.
Refer to the Virtual English Language Educator Program Policy Handbook for more information on taxes and withholdings, and the benefits that are considered taxable income. Virtual Educators are not employed by the U.S. government, the cooperating agency, or any agency or government of the country(ies) of assignment. Virtual Educators are considered grantees and, for tax purposes, suppliers or independent contractors.
Virtual Educators receive an hourly stipend for contact hours of $35, deposited directly into their U.S. bank account, according to the payment schedule laid out in their agreement.
Virtual Educators receive funds to support their planning and preparation before and during the project period.
Funds are available for Virtual Educators to supplement and enhance project activities such as:
- Attending pre-project orientation events
- Implementing ad hoc, online cultural activities at the request of the local U.S. Embassy
- Participating in regional events
- Purchasing materials required for the project, such as new subscriptions to video/web conferencing services, specialized software, or computer peripherals necessary to deliver quality online instruction
The Virtual English Language Educator Program provides numerous professional benefits.
- All Virtual Educators are provided a virtual pre-project orientation, with modules about facilitating teacher training online.
- Through their projects, Virtual Educators often have opportunities to expand their professional skills, for example by designing and teaching an advanced methodology course or giving plenary presentations at national conferences.
- Virtual Educators are members of the English Language Programs online Community of Practice, with access to resources, discussions, online webinar events including Specialist Master Classes, and numerous networking opportunities among current participants and alumni.
Stories from the Field
Featured Virtual Educator Laura Leslie Expands her Skill Set from El Salvador to Turkiye
Featured Virtual Educator Gorge Miramontes Teaches ESP to Law Enforcement in the Dominican Republic
Featured Virtual Educator Robbieana Leung Uses a Multimodal Approach Online in Algeria
The following page provides detailed information about eligibility and the application process.