Welcome, friends! Hoş Gəlmişsiniz, dostlar! ME!

Who are you? I’m Hayley, nice to meet you! Or, I should say: Mənim adım Hayley, tanış olmağımıza şadam! I’m originally from Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2013 with a degree in History and Anthropology. Currently, I have nothing tying me down to any one place in particular, a frightening and exhilarating thought.

Where are you going? What will you be doing? I’ll be in Baku, the booming capital city of Azerbaijan, from September 2014 to June of 2015. I’m serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU). Basically, I’ll be co-teaching, acting as an English/American culture resource, plugging myself into Baku’s community, and learning about a culture that I’ve fallen in love with.

Are you qualified to do this? *laughs out loud* If you’re asking if I have a teaching degree or any kind of teaching certificate, no, I do not possess anything of the sort.

Then how did you get a Fulbright grant? I’m not sure what induced the powers that be to choose me. But, I can tell you that I was my honest self on my application, and argued that Azerbaijan would be a perfect place to continue my academic and personal interests in Eurasia which was started during my time in Turkey. I would also say that I’m ambitious but down to earth, and that’s the “tone” I used on my application as well.

What’s up with your blog’s title? Have you ever seen the movie An American in Paris, or even just parts of it? The city of Paris dominates the film and pulses with vitality and new beginnings. From all stages of life, and from different places of the world, the characters are there because the city beckons them. Their Paris is my Baku, so I’m an American in Baku!

With that said, thanks for stumbling across this blog. Feel free to contact me with questions, especially if you’re part of the Fulbright community or are thinking of applying!

Until next time….  🙂

PS: If you’re really bored and really have nothing else to read, I kept a blog about my study abroad experience in Ankara, Turkey, which you can find here: “Turkish Musings” blog



  1. Hi! I was just googling ETA blogs and came across yours. I’m also a 2014-2015 Azerbaijan ETA! I look forward to meeting you at the end of the month.

  2. Hi there.. I was searching Azerbaijani ETA information/blogs for more information of past participants since I’m applying for the 2015-16 academic year- and i’m so glad I found this! I too studied abroad in Turkey (spring ’13) and I’d love to ask you a couple of things. please shoot me an email so I can keep in contact!

    1. Hi Sara! Thank you for contacting me, it sounds like we might have a similar background/approach to Azerbaijan. I’ll shoot you an email in a few minutes! 🙂

  3. Hi, I am very interested in doing ETA somewhere in Europe/Eurasia and I was wondering if we could correspond via email for more information with regard to the application process etc.

  4. Salam Hayley,

    How do you like my motherland Azerbaijan? Go Lakers! GVSU MPA Alum 13′ 🙂

    I remember we briefly chatted before you left for your Turkey trip. Wow, time goes fast….

    Please shoot me an email when you get a chance.

    Sag ol.

  5. hi hayley, i’m considering applying for fulbright this coming year and would love to talk to you about it! can we communicate through email please?

  6. Hi Hayley,

    Just like some of the people above I am interested in applying for Azerbaijan ETA and would love to ask you a few questions if you have the time. Is there a way I can message you?

  7. Hi Hayley!

    So, I know that a lot of people have asked you for this advice, but I just found out I was granted an ETA to Azerbaijan for 2015-2016, and I have like 3 million questions. If you don’t mind, I would love to hear your input!

    1. Ahhh!! CONGRATULATIONS!! The other ETAs and I have been wondering who the people for next year will be. Reply with your email, and I’ll get in touch with you soon! 🙂

  8. Ah! Thanks!! I’m also a huge mix of excited and nervous and confused and every other emotion. So, logically, I’m basically pouring over every word you and Dana have ever written. Thank you so much!

  9. Hey, Hayley,

    I just applied for a ETA position in Azerbaijan for the 2016-17 year. I still have no idea if I will be going, but I really hope that I get the opportunity. If you would be willing, I’d love to ask you a few questions about your time as an ETA and Azerbaijan in general. I would really appreciate it if you got in contact with me.


    1. Hi Kristen,

      Definitely ask me questions, I’m more than happy to help in any way I can! I did go the year before this one, but I can also point you in the direction of the current ETAs. Reply with your email, I’ll leave it unpublished, and I’ll email you soon.

    2. hi hayley!
      i’m not sure if you’re still keeping up with this blog, but i’m interested in applying for the fulbright eta for 2017-2018 and would be really grateful for a bit of insight/advice. please let me know if it’s possible — big thanks!

      1. Hello Kristen,

        I do occasionally look over this blog, sorry for not getting to you sooner! I see your email listed so I’ll send you a quick note! 🙂

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