Host Teachers

Hire an international teacher for 1-3 years and give your students the world!
  • Overview

    Greenheart Exchange’s Teach USA program connects enthusiastic, highly-qualified international teachers with U.S. host schools to promote cultural understanding and public diplomacy.

    Our primary goal is to facilitate an exceptional professional exchange program for teachers from all around the world to share their knowledge and experience in the U.S.

    Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

  • Our Program

    The purpose of the Teach USA program is to promote interaction and enhance mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers. Participating teachers are placed in a K-12 school for 1-3 years and teach a wide range of subjects. During this program teachers can expect to sharpen their professional skills and take part in cross-cultural activities within their schools and local communities.

    Greenheart Exchange provides two (2) program options:

    • Self-placed (SP): placements are arranged directly between the teacher and the school, supplemented by Greenheart Exchange’s sponsorship
    • Full program (FP): placements are facilitated by Greenheart Exchange, matching host schools with a qualified, experienced teacher
  • Our Teachers

    Greenheart Exchange recruits highly-qualified teachers from all over the world who teach a variety of subjects, including elementary education, STEM, world languages, and special education.

    Teachers that participate in the Teach USA program must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary or secondary levels in schools in their country of nationality
    • Have a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either Education or the academic subject field in which they intend to teach
    • Have a minimum of 2 years teaching or related professional experience
    • Satisfy the teaching eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which he or she will teach, including any required criminal background checks
    • Be of good reputation and character
    • Agree to come to the U.S. as a full-time teacher of record in an accredited primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary school
    • Be proficient in English
  • Eligibility

    A Host School is any school, public or private, that is committed to supporting international education and cultural exchange. Host Schools do not pay a program fee but are expected to work with Greenheart Exchange as partners with the shared goal of providing our international teachers adequate support before, during, and after the program.

    Schools must be willing to offer teachers full-time (at least 32 hours/week) teaching positions and a salary and benefits equal to that of their American counterparts. Some best practices for Host Schools include:

    • Contacting teachers in advance of their arrival to coordinate arrival logistics and offer housing leads
    • Providing an orientation to go over company policies and program expectations
    • Involving teachers in any professional development opportunities offered at your school
    • Assisting teacher in paying some or all of their program fees
    • Assisting teacher with state licensing and certification
    • Participating in a Going Greenheart Tour as a means of giving back to your community
    • Contact Greenheart Exchange with any questions or concerns about the program
  • Fees

    Host schools do not have to pay a fee, the participant is responsible for their program and visa fees. However, as a commitment to best practice, we do encourage schools to pay for some or all of their participant’s fees if funding is available to do so.

    Greenheart Exchange’s program fee includes:

    • J-1 Visa Sponsorship (DS-2019 form)
    • Pre-Departure Virtual Orientation
    • Teach USA Application Fee
    • Discounted Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) services
    • 24/7 in-country support from Greenheart Exchange
    • 90-day medical insurance coverage and yearly emergency medical evacuation insurance
    • 24-hour support by the Greenheart Exchange National Office
    • Placement with an accredited U.S. Host School (Full Program)
    • Teach USA Teacher’s Toolkit

    Greenheart Exchange’s program fee does not include:

    • Program extension fee (per year)
    • Airfare to and from the U.S.
    • SEVIS fee ($180 USD)
    • Visa interview fee ($160)
    • J-2 Dependent visa fee ($400/year)
    • Housing, transportation, meals, and personal expenses

    Note: Cancellation fees will apply if a participant needs to withdraw from the program.

  • Program Timeline

    Participant Applications Period:     February 1st – June 14th *

    U.S. Arrival Dates:   July 15th – August 15th

    U.S. School Year:      August-May

    *Greenheart Exchange will match schools with qualified international teacher candidates that meet their hiring need from February to June.

  • FAQs

    Does the school have to pay any sort of fee (for a visa, etc) to hire a teacher?

    The school does not have to pay a fee, the participant is responsible for their program and visa fees. However, we do encourage schools to pay for some or all of their participant’s fees if funding is available and as a best practice.

    What type of salary does an international teacher earn?

    Teachers can expect to earn the same salary as their American counterparts. Greenheart Exchange Teach USA ensures this during the application process and job offer review and outlines this requirement in our Host School Agreement.

    How does a teacher become certified to teach in my U.S. state and school?

    The certification process of international teachers varies state-by-state. Most states require, at minimum, a Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) from a certified credential evaluator that is part of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Teach USA recommends that teachers research and communicate with their host school regarding the state licensing procedure and, upon receiving a job offer, begin the credentialing process as soon as possible. Information on NACES can be found here

    What types of host schools are eligible to host an international teacher (public, charter, private, international)?

    All accredited K-12 schools are eligible to become Host Schools with the Greenheart Exchange Teach USA program, provided they are supportive of international teachers and cultural exchange. An exchange teacher may teach at the pre-kindergarten level only in a language immersion program offered as regular course of study by an accredited primary school.

    Can an international teacher bring a spouse or children (dependents) to the U.S.?

    Yes. Spouses and children under the age of 21 are eligible for a J-2 Dependent Visa sponsorship from Greenheart Exchange. Teach USA recommends that a teacher’s family join them after they’ve arrived at their placement, began teaching, and secured housing. Additionally, J-2 dependent children are allowed to attend school in the U.S. during the length of the international teacher’s program.

    How long can international teachers stay in the U.S.?

    This Exchange Visitor Program generally allows for teachers to teach in the U.S. for up to 3 years. As of 2016, teachers in their third year of year participation are eligible to apply for a program extension of one to two years if mutually agreed upon with their host school. The J-1 teach category then requires that participants return to their home country for a cumulative period of 2 years to share their experience and knowledge gained in their home country, before applying for another J-1 teacher visa.

    Does the international teacher program displace American teachers?

    This Exchange Visitor Program visa is a professional, cultural exchange visa that, in no way, attempts to displace American teachers. Teach USA works with schools in need of highly qualified teachers due to widespread teacher shortages in certain subject areas. International teachers are then required to return to their home countries to share their experience for a minimum of 2 years.

    What is the benefit to hiring an international teacher in my school?

    The benefits are innumerable. Cultural exchange in schools exposes your students and faculty to diverse teaching practices from highly-qualified teachers that bring years of experience from different countries. This is a rare, low-cost investment in professional development that will have an immediate impact on your students and faculty. International teachers offer the opportunity to fill a specific skill set that your school is looking for during times that there is a teacher shortage (I.e.: special education background, science teachers, etc.).

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