As a participating host school in the J-1 visa Cultural Exchange Program, it is important to not only understand the amazing opportunity that comes with sponsoring a teacher, but also your commitment to participants. This program is intended to provide mutual advantage for host schools and international exchange teachers.
Teacher exchange programs have helped school systems find experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Additionally, host schools have the power to build international bridges, eliminate cultural barriers, and foster a love for other cultures, languages, and ideas through the sponsoring of exchange teachers to educate their students.
As a host school, you represent the institution that creates learning conditions for both students and teachers. Knowing the importance of playing this role creates an opportunity for host companies to positively influence the three-fold connection between institution, educator, and student.
As a learning institution, schools are required to involve exchange teachers in school and community cultural activities. Additionally, host schools are required to provide a minimum of 32 hours per week of teaching or teaching-related administrative activities and monitor the performance of exchange teachers in the classroom and in carrying out official responsibilities. As per the program regulations, the base period for a teacher exchange is three years. Nonetheless, host schools have the ability to request the extended sponsoring of a teacher for an additional one to two year extension.
Teaching positions must be temporary, even if the teaching positions are typically permanent, and may not lead to tenure.