The impact of the English Language Programs is felt by individuals, communities, and institutions both in the United States and abroad.
As highly trained and skilled teachers, the English Language Fellows and Specialists who comprise ELP’s program participants enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught around the world. They provide valuable training to local teachers, develop sustaining educational programs, and promote mutual understanding between their host country and the United States.
Fellows and Specialists also report that they grow from their experiences abroad. They are challenged both professionally and personally to step outside of their comfort zone and are exposed to professional opportunities that would not be available to them outside of the these programs. Upon their return to the United States, they share their experiences with their colleagues back home to promote a global cultural and professional exchange.
As Byrne Brewerton, a Fellow in Sri Lanka and Maldives put it, “I feel that my career as a TESL professional would be nothing without this experience… In the 10 month I was away, I gained 10 years of experience.”