Cultural Vistas - Teach USA

Deadline: July 15, 2022


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  • United States of America


Take your teaching career to the next level with the Teach USA program. Teach USA provides experienced foreign educators with the opportunity to explore a new educational and cultural environment through full-time teaching positions in the United States.


Participants gain exposure to American teaching methods while host schools bring a fresh perspective and valuable viewpoints into U.S. classrooms.

Through its role as a U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsor, Cultural Vistas can provide qualified individuals with the J-1 Visa necessary to pursue full-time paid teaching positions at accredited K-12 schools.

Program Details

Participant Responsibilities

  • The duration of each teaching program is determined by the host school
  • Programs can last up to three years. The State Department may consider an extension beyond maximum time allowed for an additional two years (for a maximum of five years)
  • Upon completion, participants must return to home country to fulfill the exchange, and may not return to the United States on a J-1 for teachers for at least two years
  • Applicants may request authorization for dependents to accompany them to U.S. (spouse or children under 21 years of age)

What We Offer

As a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor, Cultural Vistas is responsible for administering exchange programs in compliance with the U.S. Department of State’s public diplomacy goals and visa requirements.

Cultural Vistas can offer limited assistance to schools who are seeking international candidates.  Contact us to learn more!

Once individuals secure a teaching position or host schools identify individuals they wish to bring to the United States, Cultural Vistas evaluates the prospective teacher and host school for eligibility. Upon program approval, our staff issues the relevant government form (DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility) allowing teachers to apply for the J-1 Visa. Our staff provides an array of resources and information to support both host schools and teachers throughout the duration of the exchange program.

  • J-1 Visa sponsorship (up to three years) for qualified individuals for full-time paid teaching positions at accredited K-12 schools where a need for educators exists.
  • Option to request extension for an additional two years.
  • J-2 Dependent sponsorship for spouse or children to join J-1 teacher
  • Options for expedited service guaranteeing completed applications are evaluated in five business days
  • Medical insurance options for J-1 and J-2 which meet federal requirements
  • 24-hour emergency support for participants and host schools
  • Cultural and educational activities and networking events in select cities
  • Access to free tax software for participants
  • Program monitoring through a dedicated client relations team and regular evaluation
  • Ongoing guidance throughout your program, including professional development resources or opportunities.

How to Apply

Applications will open for the coming school year on April 1st of each year. Complete applications (from teacher and host school) need to be received no later than July 15th . Applications will be closed after that date.

Teachers should begin at the beginning of the academic year in August or September, but may be considered during the school year under special circumstances.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate


  • Non-U.S. citizen
  • Minimum of two years of full-time teaching experience at K-12 schools outside of the U.S.
  • Is currently teaching at the time of application, or, if not has had at least two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in education or the subject he or she plans to teach/has received such a degree within the 12 months prior to application with us
  • Meets the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in his or her country of nationality or previous legal residence
  • Must, at a minimum, possess the equivalent of a four-year university degree
  • Satisfies the teaching standards of the U.S. state in which they will teach
  • Formal written offer from an accredited U.S. primary or secondary school to a candidate
  • English proficiency (as determined by online interview)
  • Seeks to come to the United States for the purpose of teaching full-time, and share their culture, in an accredited primary or secondary school.
  • Is of good reputation and character


Deadline: July 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

What’s Included

  • J-1 Visa sponsorship necessary to teach in the United States for up to three years
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage (optional comprehensive medical insurance coverage is also available)
  • 24-hour emergency support for participants and host schools
  • Program monitoring through a dedicated client relations team and regular evaluation
  • Ongoing guidance throughout your program, including an annual professional development opportunity, which can help teachers to fulfill the cultural exchange requirement of the J-1 Visa.

Program Fees

  • 3 to 12mo. - $1,750
  • 12 to 24mo. - $2,575
  • 24 to 36mo. - $3,400
  • Standard SEVIS Fee - $180
  • Optional Health Insurance - $70/month

Other Fees

  • Dependents Processing - $500 (regardless of number of dependents)
  • Travel Validation - $30
  • DS-2019 Replacement -$100
  • Expedite Fee - $500

If a teacher is found ineligible for the program, Cultural Vistas will reimburse all but $500 of program fees paid. If teacher is approved for the program but denied a visa by the U.S. Embassy, program and SEVIS fees will be deemed non-refundable.


We know that the number one obstacle to interning or working abroad is the expense.

As a nonprofit, we’re committed to providing affordable options for those interested in taking their career pursuits overseas.

In fact, every year more than 85 percent of the individuals who take part in Cultural Vistas programs outside the United States receive paid internships, full or partial funding, or are awarded scholarships to support their experiences.

The Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund is an important source of financial aid for young Americans participating in unpaid internships abroad. The scholarship stipends help offset the costs of living abroad and often fund international travel, rent, or language courses that would otherwise not be possible.

Since 2011, we’ve provided 216 American students with more than $238,542 in scholarship support to pursue low or unpaid internships. Just this summer, 34 students received a total of $29,686 with an average grant of $873.

Moreover, since 2000, more than 350 cash scholarships have been awarded to Americans seeking to advance their careers overseas, while more than 75 individuals have received free language courses.

Applications for the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund are emailed to eligible participants once they have confirmed participation in an international internship program.

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