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Teacher exchange program hits Australia

A US based teacher exchange program will carry out its first recruitment in Australia and New Zealand in several years, giving local teachers the opportunity to share experiences from their home nation with students on the other side of the globe.

Over the past 30 years, almost 10,000 educators from 84 countries have taken part in Participate Learning’s cultural exchange programs.

The program is now accepting applications for educators from Australia and New Zealand, with successful applicants set to start their experiences in the US by August 2020. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in one of 388 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The period of exchange is set up to last three years, but can be extended to five years.

“During this time, the chosen teachers will receive a salary equal to a US teacher, as well as life insurance and airline tickets. We will support all successful applicants in the process to fulfil all visa requirements as well as logistics related to the move, including any family members travelling with the educator,” explained Jeff Seaby, International Recruitment Director at Participate Learning.

Australian teacher and Participate Learning recruit, Daniel Felsman, described his experience with Participate Learning as an opportunity to achieve personal and professional development while being immersed in another culture. “The opportunity to collaborate and learn from US teachers has helped me adapt my teaching style to become more flexible and, in turn, better positioned to stay ahead of the challenges Australian teachers are facing. I am very much looking to embedding this new way of working with my students in Australia,” he said.

Requirements include a university degree in education and at least two years of full-time teaching experience with students between the ages of 5-18 in public or private primary or secondary schools.

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