News flash! Fulbright just increased the number of grants it will give to teach English in Brazil from 30 to 120. Why is this a big deal? Because this year, only 169 people applied. In other words, if Fulbright had given out 120 grants, the acceptance rate would have been more than 70%.
Interested, but not sure if you want to teach English? A few key points to bear in mind:
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistants do not teach English all the time. They give classes for up to 20 hours a week, then have the rest of the week to work on personal projects.
- You can also use your free time to do really fun cultural stuff, like hike in the Amazon Rainforest, which is what I did on Monday when I did not have to give a class (full disclosure: I am currently an ETA in Brazil).
- You don’t need to have a background in education or speak Portuguese to win. Science nerds actually have a really good shot at winning because Brazil has high demand for native speakers who can help its future researchers beef up their English so that they can attend graduate school in the U.S.
More details on the application process are available here.
And, as always, details on more than 90 other similarly cool opportunities are available in my book Receive tens-of-thousands of dollars to travel, volunteer, or go to grad school.