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Greenheart Exchange’s Teach USA program connects enthusiastic, highly-qualified international teachers with American schools through our commitment to promoting cultural understanding and public diplomacy. Our primary goal is to facilitate an exceptional professional exchange program for educators from all around the world to share their knowledge and experience in the U.S. This program spreads cultural understanding in a classroom setting, giving K-12 students and faculty in America a first-hand opportunity to learn more about the world from their teacher.
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The primary purpose of the Teach USA program is to promote interaction between U.S. and foreign teachers and to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. The teachers who participate in this exchange program are able to sharpen their professional skills and take part in cross-cultural activities within their schools and local communities. They return home to share experiences and increased knowledge of the U.S. and its educational system. Participating teachers are placed in a K-12 school for 1-3 years. Most J-1 teachers instruct in world languages, science, math, and special education, however, placements in other subjects are available.
Greenheart Exchange provides two program options to match teachers with schools:
Schools must either be in a state location where we have received a letter of approval to place teachers in OR the school must be willing to provide us a letter stating their approval of us placing teachers at their school. There are no requirements regarding the type of school where placements are allowed, they can teach at public, private, charter, international, or any type of school where we’ve received a letter of approval! Schools must be willing to offer teachers full-time (at least 32 hours/week) teaching positions and a salary equal to that of their American counterparts.
Participants will be selected based on the following minimum criteria:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, the participant must be one of the following:
Applicants currently working as a teacher:
Best Practices for a Successful Program
We encourage host schools to provide the following for their visiting J-1 Teachers to ensure a positive exchange experience for both the teacher and the host community:
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.
Program fees include the following:
What’s not included:
range anywhere from $500-$1500 or more
Note: Cancellation fees will apply if a participant needs to withdraw from the program.
Interested Host Schools should contact [email protected] immediately to initiate participant review and placement before the 2018-19 school year begins in August or September.
2018 School Year Application Deadline: June 16th (tentatively)
We require that prospective teachers submit their application between April – June 16th to ensure we have enough time to process applications. In the “Application Checklist” section, you will find all of the participant documents required for submission by the application deadline. Upon receiving applications, the Teach USA staff will initiate placements with Host Schools.
* Visa interview scheduling is the responsibility of the applicant; applicants must ensure that they budget enough time to secure a visa prior to arrival.
Interested Host Schools will need to submit a Host School Agreement, providing basic information about the school and agreeing to the Greenheart Exchange Terms and Conditions. There are a few items you will need to provide in order to place J-1 Teachers through Greenheart Exchange Teach USA. Below you will find a helpful checklist of all the documents that are required. If you have any questions about the necessary documents, please email us at [email protected]
If your school is providing housing assistance, please make J-1 Teachers mindful of separate contracts that may be required, including any associated payroll deductions. For those not providing housing, your assistance in finding suitable housing leads such as extended stays, hotels or apartments is requested.
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.
J-1 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.
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 http://naces.org/. For further information regarding specific placement states, contact [email protected].
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.
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 US during the length of the J-1 teacher’s program.
The J-1 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.
The J-1 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. J-1 teachers are then required to return to their home countries to share their experience for a minimum of 2 years.
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. J-1 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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