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AMIDEAST strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa by providing English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supporting institutional development projects in the region; and administering educational exchange programs. Interns assist cultural activities, information and orientation sessions, testing and teaching English.
About the Organization
America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Every year, AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports numerous institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs.
Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, DC with a network of field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.
Services & Programs:
•Educational advising and information services
•Test administration and support
•English language training
•Scholarship and exchange program administration
•Programs for Americans
AMIDEAST opened a small office in the Tunis medina over 30 years ago. Since that time, the number of visitors to our office has grown from less than 400 per year to more than 1,000 per month. Many are interested in continuing their education in the United States and seek the quality advising and testing services that have made AMIDEAST a household name across the Arab world. Providing quality advising and testing services to Tunisians interested in continuing their education in the USA has always been a major component of AMIDEAST's mission. In recent years, we have added computers to our well-stocked Advising Library so that individuals can conduct research over the Internet.
AMIDEAST also offers a range of standardized exams required for study at U.S. universities and for professional certifications. These include the ITP, TOEFL, TOEIC, GRE, SAT, GMAT and others.
Managing exchange programs is another major activity of AMIDEAST/Tunisia. With AMIDEAST assistance, high school students have participated in linguistic homestay programs in Michigan. AMIDEAST’s expertise has also benefited the sponsors of study abroad programs in Tunisia for Americans, including a semester abroad program offered by Duke University and Fulbright Group Seminars Abroad for American teachers. AMIDEAST/Tunisia is located in a modern professional four-story building near the Belvedere Park and Place Pasteur in Tunis. The three-story annex next door houses two Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) labs, ELT classrooms, and the American Management Center. In addition, our center in Tunisia’s third largest city, Sousse, offers ELT courses and advising and testing outreach.
Two internships are available: a three month position and a one year position with a stipend.
The intern will work at the American Corner in Tunis, AMIDEAST’s information resource center, which provides access to current information about the USA via books, videos, the internet and activities. The activities can include such things as films, debates, conferences, excursions, etc.
The intern would assist with at least four of the major services of AMIDEAST/Tunisia during his/her internship. The majority of the tasks would involve helping the Educational Advisor prepare and implement:
•Information sessions about studying in the USA in the AMIDEAST centers in Tunis and Sousse;
•Pre-departure sessions for Tunisians going to the USA on Department of State funded programs such as the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program for secondary school students, and the Fulbright Program for university students;
•Preparation of Tunisian parents for the return of their teens from nine months in the USA on the 2007-2008 YES Program;
•Alumni activities for returned YES students such as oversee community service projects being carried out.
•Selection and Pre-departure sessions for secondary school students going to the USA for a three week Cultural/Linguistic Home Stay Program financed by Tunisian parents and sponsors.
•Help in our Undergraduate College Club, a project helping High School students in their undergraduate application process. This could include Standardized test preparation, help students organize themselves and also mentor them throughout the process.
A second area of service would be to help the Coordinator of the American Corner organize and implement cultural and linguistic activities for the “Corner”. The American Corner is an information resource center that provides access to current information about the USA via books, videos, Internet and cultural programs. Activities/programs include such things as films, debates, conferences, excursions, and weekly “Free English Conversation Sessions”.
A third area of potential assistance would involve assisting the Marketing and Testing Coordinator in the implementation of such ETS tests as the Internet based TOEFL, SAT, GRE, TOEIC, etc. plus the marketing of said tests.
A final potential area would involve assisting with English classes for young learners (6 – 17 year olds) under the supervision of the TEFL Program Coordinators.
The intern might also be invited to serve as a Language Cultural Fellow in the English Village for future English teachers of the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education either during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August.
Note: It should also be possible for the intern to spend at least one week helping out with the Advising, Exchange Programs, Testing and/or EFL activities in our second center in Hammam Sousse which is two hours south of Tunis.
In addition, the one-year position may include the following tasks:
•Manage library & CD collection
•Help students access research materials/proofread their work
•Plan & implement English conversation programs
•Show & discuss American films
•Provide monthly/yearly updates to the US Embassy in Tunis
•Create a yearly budget for the American Corner
•Maintain relationships with donors
•Update the American Corner blog
The intern will continue to build upon the recent and rapid progress of the American Corner within the past two years. This includes the upkeep and expansion of the AC’s library holdings. The intern will also facilitate cultural understanding between Tunisians and Americans by hosting weekly cultural programs including Free English Conversation Hour, film showings, discussions and lectures.
The intern has the opportunity to gain a personal understanding of North African culture and, if they so choose, develop their French or Arabic skills. The intern will also develop their organizational abilities as they maintain a large library collection and their public speaking skills as they host cultural programs. The American Corner is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in the NGO sector.
# of Positions per term
2 per term
Any academic term
Duration of Internship
1-2 terms or 1 year
Ideal for students of education, TESOL, English, international studies or related fields of study.
TEFL tutoring or teaching experience is desirable, but not a requirement. Courses in North African or Arabic culture and/or history are also desirable but not required.
Completion of third year French or second year Modern Standard Arabic are highly preferred, although exceptions can be made if the candidate is highly skilled, has an outgoing personality, and has the ability to relate easily and quickly with others.
Before arriving, the intern should be familiar with AMIDEAST’s mission and activities as well as current events involving Tunisia and the Middle East.
Curiosity and openness to people of other cultures and religions is essential, as is flexibility and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done.
Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator.
ALL ESTIMATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
IE3 Program Fee
The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.
Estimated One-Time Expenses
*See Additional Cost Information below.
Estimated Monthly Expenses
A modest stipend may be available for some applicants. Contact the regional director for more details. Accommodation is available in furnished apartments for approximately $300-$400 per month or in homestays for about $400/month.
Additional Expense Information
Cost of Living:
Interns should plan to spend approximately $850/month for room, board, entertainment and personal expenses.
Visit the following websites for additional information about AMIDEAST and Tunisia:
http://www.tunisiaonline.com (in English)
http://www.tunisieinfo.com (in English and French)
http://www.tourismtunisia.com (in English and French)
Field Notes Postings:
Day 1: Tunis by David Duke: University of Oregon (August 2, 2010)