JOB announcement: ALUMNI TEACHING ASSISTANT 2023 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 share your experiences as an alumna/us of the program; to teach students in English about American culture and life in an American host family.

Description of Duties:

  • Learn the established goals and objectives of the program and its pre-departure orientation materials;
  • Attend the entire in-person four-day Training of Teachers workshop (TOT) in April and become thoroughly familiar with the lesson plans;
  • 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 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 academic 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 two to three PDO cycles in June or July 2023 (as determined by Program Hub Director);
  • 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, and return them to the American Councils office staff via email:

Application Deadline: February 3, 2023


American Councils in Turkmenistan provides promising young Turkmenistan citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully enter U.S. colleges and universities by increasing students’ competitiveness through rigorous preparation. Participants will focus on TOEFL and SAT test preparation, Academic Reading and Writing, and training in other study skills necessary for success in applying to U.S. Colleges and Universities.

American Councils invites to apply to participate in an intensive Prep4Success Spring 2023 Session.

Deadline is 5:00 pm on January 30, 2023.

P4S Application [Spring 2023]
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GRE Program – Applications open for Spring 2023

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Are you planning to apply for graduate school in the United States or abroad? Join us for the GRE Program, an 18-week hybrid learning program for eligible citizens of Turkmenistan. The program is designed to help you improve necessary skills to get you ready for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), graduate school application process, and graduate-level coursework.

American Councils invites citizens of Turkmenistan to apply to participate in the GRE program:
• Intensive 18 weeks (weekday evenings/Sundays) preparatory course
• The course will be taught via a hybrid model which combines online and in-person
• Participants will be required to have constant access to the internet via a computer,
tablet, or smartphone; assignments will be submitted via email and social media apps

This course includes preparation aimed at all components of GRE (Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning), Academic Reading and Writing, and applying for admission to a U.S. graduate school.

Eligibility/Requirements for Potential Candidates:
• 4-year degree (Bachelor’s degree);
• Be a citizen of Turkmenistan currently living in Turkmenistan;
• Advanced level of English;
• Motivated towards academic success and study at a U.S. graduate school;
• Ready to commit to an 18-week preparatory course.

Application Package: All documents MUST be submitted in electronic format*
• Completed the GRE Program Application;
• Undergraduate academic transcript (Graduate transcripts, if applicable);
• Diploma/Certificate (undergraduate degree; graduate degree – if applicable);
• One signed academic or professional recommendation letter in English;
• Resume;
• Copy of domestic passport;
• OPTIONAL: official score report for English proficiency test (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS).

Email all documents to:
Deadline: 5:30 p.m. on January 22, 2023

*Please submit all documents attached in ONE e-mail letter, include your name and document name for each of the documents.

For more information, please call +993 61 81 68 55 (9 am-4 pm on Monday-Thursday) or e-mail to

Only candidates with complete application package will be considered.