Are you interested in hosting International Exchange Teachers? Let us help you.
Many schools across the U.S have participated in our Teacher Exchange Program and have reported that our Exchange Teachers have made an impact to their students and community.
Under J-1 Teacher Program, teachers are allowed to work at the host school/district for up to three years.
We know that bringing international faculty on board is not an easy task. With assistance from IER, we assure you will have a great experience working with international educators. IER works with many organizations around the globe to bring qualified teachers to your school.
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QUALIFICATION OF THE TEACHER
All foreign educators participate in our program must meet the following criteria
- Bachelor Degree or above
- At least three years of teaching or professional related experience
- Teacher certification in country of residency
- Fluent in verbal and written English
- A good work ethic
- No criminal record
Our teachers are eligible to receive a provisional or standard license from Department of Education at your state based upon their foreign credential.
English proficiency is one of our key selection criteria for our international teachers. Many of them are from the countries where English is the official language or are attending college/university where English is the primary instructional language.
In addition to our standard selection procedure for international teachers, IER selects the participants that match your school/district’s specific requirement. The following is our standard procedures.
- Interview with IER Staff
- Background/reference check
- School reviewing
- Interview with school
- Health check up
- Employment Offering
- Obtain teaching certificate in your state
All participants are required to submit a detail course-by- course evaluation report from an credited evaluation agency from the U.S. The report must indicate that the participant has completed an educator prep program and its degree is equivalent to the U.S Education Degree.
Most of the interviews are conducted through online services such as SKYPE. This can be done from the convenience of your own office with no travel needed. You will only need a webcam and a microphone.
On site interview can be arranged upon request.
VISA AND LICENSE
IER assists host school and the teacher with various visa and license issues and make sure the regulation and laws are complied to its standard. Both host school and the teacher will be guided step by step in the visa and license procedure. Participants will be sponsored with either J-1 visa for up to three years or H1b visa for up to six years.
Our teachers will be able to receive a provisional license at your state based on their foreign credential.
ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
All teachers will be provided with pre-arrival guide and required to attend our online orientation upon arrival at the host school site. To better carry out our Teacher Exchange Program successfully, we request host school to provide and encourage opportunities for the teacher to act as a cultural resource, facilitating cultural exchange opportunities for student through school-based activities, events and community involvement.
In support of the primary purpose of the J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Programs; The U.S. Department of State requires that participants engage in cultural exchange activities during the course of their program. As a host school/district, we seek your support in this objective by providing opportunities that involve the teacher in local activities or special events promoting cultural exchange, such as community events (parades, festivals) sporting events, pizza parties or teachers present about their home country and culture…etc. A brief summary of cultural activities that were offered to the teachers will be collected monthly and be included to the annual report to the U.S Department of State.
J1 VISA HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
Based on the Federal law [22CFR 62.14] requirements that all Exchange Visitors (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) have insurance in effect that cover them for sickness or accidents during the time of their participation in the Exchange Visitor Program. The insurance coverage must meet and exceed the requirement set below.
- Medical benefits of $100,000 per accident or illness
- A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
- Medical evacuation in the amount of $50,000
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
Most of the host school health insurance policies generally do not include international medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. In this case the Exchange Teacher will have to buy separate medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.
If you have already identified a candidate, fill the application here