Teacher Exchange Program AAGAdmin 2017-05-17T22:10:50+00:00
J-1 Teacher Exchange Program
Learning is the Common Denominator
J-1 Teacher Exchange Program
Teaching is an admirable profession with unlimited potential to influence and impact young lives. Beyond teaching basic learning curriculum, an exchange teacher has a unique ability to broaden students’ world view by introducing new perspectives and teaching methodologies. This program transforms classrooms into fertile ground for more than textbook learning; it exposes both teachers and students to new ideas, cultures and thinking.
Teacher exchanges enable educators to shape young people’s perspective, influencing inquisitive minds so students may become the next generation of positive change agents and leaders. Participating teachers bring interactive teaching practices to their students and colleagues, “building the critical thinking skills, inquiry and analytical approach that foster good citizenship.” The multiplier effect of goodwill and influence is powerful impacting thousands of students as well as professional colleagues.
Interested in learning more about how the teacher exchange program can start positive changes for you?
Positions must be temporary, even if the teaching positions are permanent, and may not lead to tenure.
Teaching positions, including duties, responsibilities, hours of employment, and compensation, must be commensurate with those of similarly-situated U.S. teachers in the school district or host school where that exchange teacher is assigned to teach.
Program Duration: Program duration is three years, with an extension permitted for one or two additional years based on school need and exchange teacher performance during the exchange. Extensions are not guaranteed and are subject to approval from the Department of State.
J-1 regulations now allow pre-kindergarten teachers in “language immersion” programs only if offered as regular courses of study by accredited primary schools. A pre-kindergarten level exchange teacher must be assigned to teach full-time in an accredited host school (or in several schools within the same host school district, including at several academic levels, with prior permission from the Department).
If an exchange teacher is placed in a private school where there is no host school district, then he or she must teach a full-time schedule of at least 32 hours in a school or schools located no more than 25 miles from the main host school; in such a situation, reasonable and effective modes of transportation must exist to such additional sites of activity.
Organize cultural exchanges opportunities for international teachers.
Assist AAG identify safe and affordable housing close to the teaching site.
The J-1 Teacher exchange program is a tremendous opportunity to bring important international perspective into American classrooms. Program participants are eager to teach in the United States for career-enhancing professional growth. While providing students with exposure to different customs and cultures, they too, will learn new teaching methodologies and about American classrooms and culture. Teacher Exchange programs have helped school systems find experienced and enthusiastic teachers and address teacher shortages in school systems across America.
To become a “host” school it is important to understand not only the advantages of participation, but also your commitment to participants. This program is intended to provide mutual advantage for host schools and international exchange teachers. The Department of State sponsored program requires schools to adhere to these:
For specific regulations and host school requirements, click here.
Opportunities to interview teachers in their home country is an option when a certain volume of teachers are needed. Please ask us if this is a potential for you.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen with teaching experience, this Teacher Exchange Program offers you a unique opportunity to learn different methods of teaching while also bringing an important international perspective to U.S. classrooms and students. The reciprocal benefits of this program are designed to foster greater understanding of different teaching methodologies as well as providing an opportunity to learn and teach much more than basic education. The program provides a rare chance to shape a new generation of leaders, exposing students to the ideas of inclusion and tolerance and enabling them to think with greater perspective.
To increase your understanding of American culture and society.
To enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and your American associates.
To return home and share your experiences with family, friends and fellow countrymen.
To develop practical skills which will enhance your future career
Through this Teacher Exchange visa program, experienced teaching professionals with a qualifying degree may teach in accredited educational institutions (primary and secondary schools) for up to 3 years.
Alliance Abroad Group (AAG) is a U.S. Department of State-designated sponsor for the J-1 Visa Teacher Exchange program. Our sponsorship support ensures a successful program experience by providing expert resources including placement assistance, a thorough eligibility review, recruiting and screening of host school placement, 24 hour participant support and compliance assistance to ensure regulations are being met. AAG also offers sponsorships to individuals who have already arranged for a teaching opportunity.
Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in your country of nationality or last legal residence, be teaching at the time of application, and have at least two years of full-time teaching experience or
Meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary or secondary levels with two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years and at the time of application, have or will have completed an advanced degree in education or related subject matter that you intend to teach
Possess a degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree in either education or the academic subject field in which you intend to teach
Satisfy the eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which you will teach;
Be of good reputation and character
Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of teaching full time at a primary or secondary accredited educational institution
Be willing to share your American experience with a school and students in your home country during your program