This year has been extraordinarily challenging for people all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and educators especially have stepped up in creative ways to continue to shape the futures of the world’s youth. On October 5, we mark World Teachers’ Day and recognize these educators for their resilience under these circumstances and 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
Fulbright Teacher Exchanges provide opportunities for U.S. K-12 teachers to go abroad on professionally enriching programs from two weeks to six months.
U.S K-12 educators can also participate in a suite of interactive massive open online courses (MOOCs), which include lesson plans and videos supporting teaching in a virtual environment. These programs are building a global community of educators to invigorate student learning.
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.
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 Teacher Exchanges enable international primary and secondary school teachers to participate in six-week (secondary only) to five month professional development programs 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.
Information about these programs and other exchange programs for non-U.S. citizens can be found here.