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2020 Pre-Departure Orientation

Purpose of Position: To assist the PDO Teacher in preparing program participants for their exchange experience using materials provided by American Councils; to plan PDO sessions together with the local PDO team; to teach students in English about American culture and life in an American host family.

Detailed description and how to apply

Description of Duties:

  • Learn the established goals and objectives of the program and its pre-departure orientation materials;
  • Attend the entire four-day Training of Teachers workshop (TOT) in late March or early April and become thoroughly familiar with assigned lesson plan;
  • Actively participate in PDO planning and preparation meetings coordinated by your local program hub office in the time period between the TOT workshop and the beginning of your assigned PDO cycle;
  • Assist orientation teachers by acting as a cross-cultural resource and role model for students;
  • Conduct Alumni-led sessions of the PDO, as assigned;
  • During non-classroom hours, be a supportive listener and positive role model for students;
  • Maintain program integrity at all times by enforcing organizational rules and regulations;
  • Perform other logistical duties as assigned by the Program Hub Director.

Reports to: Program Hub Director


  • Alumni of the FLEX/YES program who successfully completed their program with no extensive on-program issues. Only students who participated on the program between and including the 2014-2015 and 2017-2018academic years are eligible to apply;
  • Alumni must have completed their secondary school education;
  • Comfortable with large numbers of teenagers and able to relate to their anxieties while acting as an authority figure;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with unpredictable situations;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to function with staff of different ages and cultural backgrounds;
  • Available to teach PDO cycle in June or July 2020
  • Has previously taught no more than one PDO cycle. Returning TAs are required to go through the application and interview process;
  • Alumni Coordinators are NOT eligible for this position.

To Apply: Complete the Alumni Teaching Assistant Application Form and Essay (click here to download), and send them to FLEX Program Coordinator at flex@americancouncilstm.org with the subject line: 2020 PDO Teaching Assistant

Application Deadline: January 24, 2020

FLEX Alumni 2019 Re-entry Event

On July 7, FLEX Re-entry event was held for 14 FLEX alumni at the American Center of the US Embassy in Ashgabat. Newly returned alumni were welcomed by Mathew S. Klimow, U.S. Ambassador in Turkmenistan, Mergen Saherov from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dovlet Yazkuliyev from Ministry of Education. Special guests made inspirational remarks emphasizing on the important role of the new alumni as cultural “bridge” between Turkmenistan and USA which will contribute to further strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Following, FLEX Program Coordinator, Alumni Coordinator and City Representatives conducted interactive sessions to help alumni re-adjust to their lives back home and navigate through challenges that may arise.

Throughout the sessions, alumni had an opportunity to share their experiences in U.S. and ask questions about alumni opportunities in Turkmenistan. As the end of the event alumni signed personal “thank you” cards to their host families and friends in USA.