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International Study and Overseas Teaching Resources

The National Education Association believes that teachers and students benefit when teachers participate in teacher exchange programs. Voluntary teacher exchange programs should be cooperatively established with governing boards to offer such programs within and among the states, schools of federal agencies within and outside the United States, and agencies abroad. (NEA Resolution D-19. Teacher Exchange Programs 1974, 1997)

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Qualified teachers participate in a one-year (sometimes one-semester) direct exchange of positions with teachers from other countries during an academic year. Teachers may also attend seminars abroad during the summer.

IREX Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board), offers competive grants for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a two-week professional exchange program. TEA teachers from participating countries travel to the United States to participate in a six-week professional development program at a U.S. university. This is followed by a reciprocal visit by U.S. teachers to work on joint teacher-training projects in TEA alumni schools overseas.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions offers volunteer teaching placements in schools, community centers, and other organizations. Services are provided to local people at no- or low-cost but the demand for education is often greater than the supply of teachers.

EIRC Global Connections
EIRC, the Educational Information and Research Center, is a public agency specializing in education-related programs and services for parents, schools, communities, and nonprofit organizations. The Global Connections project supports the Monach Teacher Network for teachers and others interested in the monarch butterfly with visits to monarch sanctuaries in Mexico. EIRC also provides professional development opportunities for teaching sustainable development and international travel opportunities.

Heifer International
The Heifer Study Tour for Educators provides a firsthand look into Heifer’s work in Honduras preparing teachers to speak and teach proficiently on the most pressing issues of our time like world hunger, poverty, food security and environmental issues affecting our world. Heifer Study Tours for Educators also trains participants to develop leadership roles in their local Heifer School Programs. Some pre- and post- trip commitments are expected of all participants. Continuing Education Credit (CEU) is available.

NEA and the NEA Foundation has teamed with Heifer International to coordinate a study tour, Honduras for Educators, for NEA members who work in a K-12 setting, including teachers, ESPs, and others employees, regardless of subject area or grade level.

Overseas Placement Service for Educators (University of Northern Iowa)
This program connects international K-12 schools with certified educators year round. Services offered include a recruiting fair, credential and referral services, and related publications.
The Teach Abroad directory of is a database for teaching positions outside the U.S. with positions posted and updated by the schools themselves. Many organizations post listings for one year at a time and hire throughout the year. Paid teaching positions are generally for one year but occasionally summer camps in Asia, for example, hire teaching counselors. Most volunteer teaching positions have flexible commitments from a few weeks to a few months.


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