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J1 Teacher Program in the USA

We help qualified international teachers experience the American classroom and learn first hand about American culture by teaching in the United States.  Teachers are typically placed in the following types of positions at K-12 schools across the USA:

  • Bilingual Education (English/Spanish)

  • General Education (primary grades)

  • Foreign Languages (Spanish, German, French & Mandarin)

  • STEM

  • Special Education


In addition to normal teaching responsibilities, teachers share their culture with their students through a variety of cross-cultural activities. Virtual classroom exchanges between the host classroom and schoolchildren in the teacher’s home country are just one example of the lasting impact the program has on the teacher, as well as their students in the United States and abroad.


To teach in the United States on the cultural exchange program, you must meet the following requirements for teaching in America on a J-1 visa:

  • Be qualified for teaching in primary or secondary schools in your country of nationality or last legal residence

  • Be working as a teacher in your home country or country of legal residence at the time of application, or, if not working as a teacher (a) have recently (within 12 months of application) completed an advanced degree and (b) have two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years

  • Have a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either Education or the academic subject field in which you intend to teach

  • Have a minimum of two years of teaching experience

  • Satisfy the standards of the U.S. state in which you will teach

  • Be of good reputation and character

  • Possess advanced proficiency in the English language as determined by our Sponsor's screening process.


Cultural Activities

As an exchange teacher in the USA, you will interact daily with your American colleagues and students at your Host School.  It is also important that you participate in a variety of cultural activities during your free time, so you can fully experience all that the USA has to offer! 

Cultural activities include the things that expose you to the diverse life and culture of the United States.  Examples of cultural activities include: 

  • Attending an “after-work” event with your fellow teachers 

  • Volunteering in the local community 

  • Visiting a museum or historic site 

  • Gathering with American friends for meals, games, or movies etc. 

  • Touring a US city or visiting a tourist site in your host community 

  • Visiting a national park 

  • Attending an American sporting event 


Application process:

The application process begins with us at CS Intercâmbio, who will do the initial screening of candidates, which includes:

  • Resume review.

  • Written test of English.

  • Online interview in English.


Once qualified, the candidate will proceed to the next steps:

1. Interview with the Visa sponsor.

2. Interview with the employer.

3. Consular interview for the visa.

4. Departure to the United States.


Required Documentation:

Successful applicants are required to submit a variety of documents for our review prior to final acceptance. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Bank Statement including sufficient funds to support settling in expenses and J-2 dependents, if any. (Minimum $5000)

  • Employment Verification

  • Foreign Credential Evaluation

  • Reference Letters

  • Passport

  • Background Check Report

  • Copy of Degree or Diploma


Program Fees

The following program fees are due only after a participant accepts an offer from a Host School.  Program fees are due in full prior to the release of the DS-2019 form in support of the J-1 Visa. Some Host Schools may cover some program and placement fees as part of their teacher compensation package.

Annual Program Fee: $2,390 (first year)/ $1,490 per year

Regulatory Compliant Insurance (required): $70/month

Placement Fee: $2,500
One-time fee for Host School Placement. 


Program Fees include:
(Annual Program Fee + Placement Fee + Regulatory Compliant Insurance):

Placement as a temporary exchange teacher at a qualified Host School in the United States teaching a minimum of 32 hours a week during the academic school year for up to 3 years.

  • Development or review of Teacher Program Offer in cooperation with the Host School ensuring that it meets with program regulations

  • DS-2019 to support the application for a J-1 Teacher visa

  • Regulatory Compliant Medical and Accident Insurance

  • 24-hour support from our experienced staff

  • Program application processing, screening, and vetting to ensure regulatory compliance

  • Skype interviews to screen applicant for qualifications

  • Orientation materials on a variety of important topics

  • Assistance in identifying and arranging cultural activities

  • Monthly Check-Ins to ensure successful program

  • Mentor assigned at Host School who will provide guidance on settling in, community, professional development support and cultural activities

  • Supervisor assigned at Host School who will provide general on-site monitoring

  • Travel validation after arrival for DS-2019 form


Program fees do not include:


  • SEVIS or visa application fees, airport transfers, international airfare, domestic transportation in the US, daily public transportation to and from the Host School, housing fees & deposits, spending money and emergency funds.


Interested in applying?

If you would like to apply or have any questions, contact us through our email: or through our WhatsApp: +1(646)703-1010.

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