Objective This program provides opportunities for teachers and administrators to enhance cooperation and strengthen mutual understanding among educators in Uruguay and the United States. The exchange is designed to create strong linkages between participants and communities, to promote innovative ideas in teaching and programs, and to ensure a long-lasting impact on participating schools both in Uruguay and the United States.
Eligibility U.S. citizenship; Bachelor’s degree or higher; at least three years full-time teaching or administrative experience; current full-time teaching or administrative position in elementary education; Fluency in Spanish; must be proficient in speaking and understanding ability to act as a teacher-trainer and make presentations on general education topics.
Strong cross-cultural skills are essential.
Priority will be given to applicants who have hosted Uruguayan principals or teachers through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, although others are also encouraged to apply.
3 weeks during July and August.
Program includes a one-week Orientation workshop and two weeks at schools. Debriefing session with grantees prior to departure.
In collaboration with the Fulbright Commission of Uruguay, U.S. exchange participants will plan and conduct teaching activities for local teachers, students, and the community at large. U.S. participants will exchange teaching strategies, make general presentations on US history, geography and culture, participate in field trips and develop joint educational projects. Each participant will assist two local schools, spending a week or two in each one. They will also visit other schools, observe classes, and plan and conduct teaching activities (in English and Spanish). These Uruguayan schools have already participated in a similar exchange experience by sending administrators and/or teachers to the United States. Host schools are located both in the capital city of Montevideo and in the provinces, offering U.S. teachers a diverse, nation-wide experience.
Uruguayan SchoolsFull-time schools (Escuelas de Tiempo Completo) were established in the early 1990’s. There are 110 Full-time schools attended by 25,800 students who represent 20% of the poorest Uruguayan households. In addition to having an extended school day – from four hours to eight hours with three meals provided – these schools have a specific methodological and pedagogical program designed to attend the needs of the specific population they serve. Twenty-four of the Full-time Schools have an English Partial Immersion Program and seven have a Dual Spanish-Portuguese Immersion Program. Starting in 2006 many other Full-time schools incorporated the teaching of English in the school curriculum. Here students receive three hours of English per week.
Award Round-trip economy airfare from airport nearest grantee’s home plus $100/week cost-of-living stipend while in Uruguay. Additional one-time travel-within-city allowance of $100.00. $500 given to each grantee to purchase and ship educational materials for use while teaching and subsequently leave with the schools. Orientation/debriefing in Montevideo and supplemental health insurance provided. U.S. participants will stay at hotels, double-occupancy. In addition, the Fulbright Commission in Uruguay will pay for in-country travel, and accommodations/activities related to the orientation and workshops in Montevideo.
Dependents Spouses and dependents are not permitted.