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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Greenheart Exchange’s program fee does not include:
Note: Cancellation fees will apply if a participant needs to withdraw from the program.
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.
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.
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/.
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 U.S. during the length of the international teacher’s program.
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.
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.
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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