Teach USA is a cultural exchange program that brings international teachers and U.S. schools together. While teachers find chance for teaching and immersing themselves in American life style for up to 5 years, U.S. schools enjoy great benefits of diversified education with qualified international teachers in the classrooms.
J1 is the type of visa used for cultural exchange programs. ‘Teacher’ is one of the 14 categories of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The Teach USA program allows qualified foreign nationals to teach full-time in accredited public and private U.S. primary and secondary schools (K-12) for up to 3 years. After this period, teachers may be eligible for a 12 or 24-month program extension. Recipients of a J-1 visa can remain in the U.S. for the duration of their program, plus they may arrive 30 days prior and depart 30 days after the program ends.
No. You may apply to the Teach USA program as long as you are eligible.
GEC does not charge teachers a sponsorship (program) fee or a placement fee to participate in our program. However, there are some direct costs associated with the visa application process that you will be responsible for. Also, depending on the specific details of your individual program participation, there may be other costs involved.
|Program (Sponsoring) fee||$ 0,00||GEC will not charge you a program fee.|
|Job placement||$ 0,00||GEC will not charge you a job placement fee|
|Health Insurance||$ 0,00||GEC provides program participants with a medical insurance coverage exceeding the minimum benefits required by the regulations.|
|SEVIS fee||$ 0,00||GEC will not charge you a SEVIS fee.|
|3rd party partner fees (agents)||$ 0,00||GEC agents will not charge you a service fee.|
|Visa processing fee||$ 160||Paid to the U.S. Embassy. This fee applies to all J-1 and J-2 visa applicants|
|Collection of documents.||$ 250 – $ 525||You may incur some personal costs to your collection of documents necessary to prove eligibility for a J-1 visa including credential evaluations ($150-$275), criminal background check and translations.|
|Airfare to and from the U.S.||$ 500 – $ 1000||Ask your local travel agent for best value flight tickets.|
|J-2 Dependent Application
|$ 750 / per year||If you wish your dependents stay in the USA during your program, you will need to ask GEC for a J-2 dependent visa service. Includes assessment of all accompanying J-2 Dependent applications for an approval decision by GEC. An unlimited number of J-2 applications in association with the J1 exchange visitor is covered under this fee.
*** Any J-2 dependents with you in the U.S. are also required to have adequate health insurance.
As a program regulation, all exchange visitor teachers are paid on the same salary scale as U.S. teachers. Depending on education, prior teaching experience, location, policies of the district, and kind of school to teach, the average annual salary of GEC teachers ranges between $30.000 and $ 50.000.
Please consider the following information as a tool to help you estimate monthly costs for a single J-1 Visa Holder while in the United States of America. These monthly expenses are approximate only and costs will probably increase based on your location, lifestyle and family size. Living in a big city is generally more expensive than living in a smaller rural community.
We are authorized to place our teachers in any school where their credentials and experience allow them to teach. GEC teachers are generally placed in primary and secondary schools in the Southern States. However, GEC is able to place teachers in schools all through the country, as well.
GEC will assist you to arrange a temporary housing close to your host school until you are settled. For a permanent housing most teachers prefer renting or sharing an apartment. Teachers are responsible for housing costs for the duration of their time in the United States.