Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the US and time spent working in the country is the kind of experience that colours a life. The cultural exchange organisation Participate Learning is making the process easier, carrying out its first recruitment in many years in Australia and New Zealand.
The organisation has 30 years of experience recruiting teachers from several countries around the world and teachers are encouraged to share experiences from their home nation with US students in order to promote global thinkers for the future.
Nearly 10,000 educators have participated in the programme from 84 different countries with successful applicants set to start their experiences in the US by August 2020. Participate Learning works with a range of 388 schools in three states: North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The period of exchange is set up to last three years, but it can be extended up to five years. According to Jeff Seaby, International Recruitment Director from Participate Learning, “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 fulfill all visa requirements as well as logistics related to the move, including any family members travelling with the educator”.
The selected teachers will enrich their work and personal experience through different and innovative educational methods as well as having the chance to share their educational experiences with US teachers. Once they return to their home country, these teachers will be able to apply their new knowledge in their classrooms.
Australian teacher and Participate Learning recruit, Daniel Felsman, describes 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,” said Mr Felsman.
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 and no age limit applies.
For more information, interested parties can enter www.participatelearning.com.