Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed the questions most frequently asked by school administrators interested in hosting an international teacher. However,if you have a specific question that is not answered in this section, please contact us and we'll do our best to answer your question within 2 business days.

  1. How much does it cost to host an ITES teacher?
  2. How many years teaching experience do ITES teachers have?
  3. Some programs accept teachers with little or no teaching experience. Why doesn't ITES?
  4. How long can ITES teachers work in this country?
  5. What types of different Programs and Sponsorship do you offer?
  6. What countries do your teachers come from?
  7. We have already identified a teacher we would like to host, can ITES sponsor them?
  8. How do you evaluate foreign degrees, transcripts etc. for their U.S. equivalency?
  9. How will the international teachers get certified in my state?

 

1. How much does it cost to host an ITES teacher?

You'll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how affordable it is to host an international teacher sponsored by ITES. There are a number of factors that influence our fee structure and since we tailor our service to meet the precise needs of each school partner it is not possible for us to list our fees here. However, if you call to explain your requirements we promise you a straightforward conversation about our fees and services.

Different schools have different needs, which is why our fees vary. For example:

  • You might be an independent school with a sister-school relationship that has already identified the teacher you would like to host
  • You might be a large urban public school district that uses exchange teachers as a strategic tool to globalize your learning communities
  • You may have a very specific requirement for a teachers in a certain specialized subject area that may be difficult to find using traditional methods  
2. How many years teaching experience do ITES teachers have?

Every ITES teacher will have a minimum of three (3) years documented teaching experience. In reality, most have more. For example, in school year 2009/10, ITES teachers had an average of 11 years of documented teaching experience.

 3. Some programs accept teachers with little or no teaching experience. Why doesn't ITES?

ITES adheres strictly to the official regulations of the Exchange Visitor program which requires that teachers have at least three (3) years teaching experience. We also happen to think that this is a pretty good benchmark for measuring a teachers' level of experience and professional maturity. Participating in an exchange program is a great way for experienced teachers to enhance their skills and to develop professionally and personally; this is not the environment for a new teacher to test their skills. 

A number of programs are currently involved in a Department of State regulated pilot scheme which allows them to sponsor teachers with little or no experience. ITES did not apply for inclusion in the pilot program.

 4. How long can ITES teachers work in this country?

(Updated) The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa issued to each ITES teacher is valid for up to three years. Teachers and schools renew contracts with mutual consent at the end of the first and second years of employment. At the end of three years, ITES teachers are expected to return to their home countries to share their experiences of their time in the US. However, teachers working in the public schools of North Carolina, and those teachers working as part of our Greek Schools Program may apply for a further two (2) year extension for a total stay of five (5) years. 

5. What types of different Programs and Sponsorship do you offer?

ITES has a flexible approach to the types of services and programs we offer and we will work to create a program that is uniquely based on the specific needs of your school. We work with small independent schools as well as large urban public school districts; we work with U.S. and overseas government agencies as well as private and non-profit groups. For example:

  • You might be an independent school with a sister-school relationship that has already identified the teacher you would like to host
  • You might be a large urban public school district that uses exchange teachers as a strategic tool to globalize your learning communities
  • You may have a very specific requirement for a teachers in a certain specialized subject area that may be difficult to find using traditional methods  

6. What countries do your teachers come from?

ITES accepts applications from qualified teachers living all over the world. It should be noted however, that the entire application and selection process is completed in English. This enables us to make sure that the teachers have a thorough command of the English language, both written and spoken.

7. We have already identified a teacher we would like to host, can ITES sponsor them?

Yes. Provided certain regulatory requirements are satisfied, ITES can provide administrative sponsorship support and services to your school and your teacher.

8. How do you evaluate foreign degrees, transcripts etc. for their U.S. equivalency?

ITES partners exclusively with Educational Perspectives, a not-for-profit educational research organization and member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

9. How will the international teachers get certified in my state?

ITES works in conjunction with your local education department to make sure that our teachers are professionally qualified and licensed to teach the appropriate subjects and grade levels as required by your state.

 

   
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