TEA Program

The application deadline for year 2019 has expired.

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and implemented by IREX, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization. TEA will provide approximately 154 secondary school teachers from Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and the Pacific, the Near East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Teachers will hosted at one of a total of 7 U.S. universities, split between the Spring and the Fall 2018, and divided into cohorts of about 22 teachers at each university.  Their program will include seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. The 6-week program will also include a practicum in a secondary school near the host university to work closely with American teachers and students. Trips to U.S. cultural sites and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program.

Eligible applicants must:
  • Be secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in either English as a Foreign Language, Social Studies, Math and Sciences, including special education teachers in those subjects;
  • Be citizens or non-citizen residents of Latvia;
  • Have proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete on-line application.

Secondary-level teachers include both middle and secondary school teachers working with students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or secondary school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible to the program.

Also, TEA will provide follow-on grants to the international teachers to purchase essential materials for their schools, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, and to conduct other activities that will build on their exchange experience.

The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:
  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • Baggage allowance
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • Academic program fees
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • Transportation to the internship school (if necessary)
  • A book/professional development allowance
  • A Closing Seminar
  • The opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.

The U.S. Embassy will hold interviews for candidates who are finalists during the fourth week of April.

Applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program can be obtained on the right side of this page. For more info contact Ingrīda Bodniece at the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, e-mail: Bodniecei@state.gov, tel: 6710 7209.