On October 5, we mark World Teachers' Day and recognize educators for the important work they do to create a brighter future. As we celebrate this day, we want to highlight opportunities for educators to participate in exchanges and other opportunities through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
For U.S. Citizens
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Research Program sends select U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months.
U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for short-term (two to sixteen weeks) assignments abroad. This program is an English For All initiative.
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) allows U.S. middle and high school teachers to participate in an online professional development course, two Washington, D.C.-based symposiums and a two-week professional development exchange.
These are just a few of the exchange programs available to educators in the United States. You can find information about applying to these programs and other opportunities here.
For Non-U.S. Citizens
Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program allows for international secondary school teachers participate in a six-week professional development program in the United States.
The American English E-Teacher Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes.
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) brings teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco to eligible U.S. elementary and secondary schools to teach Chinese and Arabic for an academic year.
Information about these programs and other exchange programs for non-U.S. citizens can be found here.