Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020. 5:23 pm CST.
Picture: Belizean teacher, Marcia Flores and her students
By BBN Staff: The US State Department’s Cultural Exchange program for teachers, Participate Learning, is inviting Belizean educators to work in schools in the
United States for 3 to 5 years and expand their professional capacities.
Participate Learning’s Executive Director, Laura Tobal, told BBN that there are currently 1,100 teachers from 25 countries teaching in the US under the program.
Over 300 teachers from Central America have participated, including 4 Belizean teachers.
BBN’s Zoila Gonzalez is in North Carolina touring Participate Learning facilities and meeting with Belizean teachers, Martin Rivera, Marcia Flores and Veronica Rivas who are excited to share their experiences.
In an interview with BBN Tobal said, “We have noticed over the years, the impact our teachers make with students. Part of our mission is for them to come and learn about the culture in the United States. It’s also to go back and take what they’ve learned back to their home country. That completes the exchange cycle so that students in both countries can benefit.”
Teachers can apply by visiting Participate Learning and clicking ‘Apply Now.’
Once a teacher applies, they will receive a confirmation email, thereafter Participate will have a Skype interview with teachers followed by an in-person interview in their home country.
There are opportunities to teach Elementary (primary), Math (secondary) and Science (secondary) schools.
All positions are full-time and salaried, with competitive health benefits and professional development opportunities.
Participate Learning also assists the teachers with the transition process in the US environment.
“The teachers work with an advisor, an admissions specialist helps them to prepare and plan, budgeting, adjustments for their family, salary and driving in the US. When they come to the United States, they attend an orientation and meet a lot of other teachers from around the world and we’ll help them with other logistics, cell phone and transportation and they’ll do some more training with their school district,” Tobal explained.
As an additional benefit, in case the teacher recruited has a family, it is possible for the members to travel to the United States with all migratory arrangements accomplished and supported by the program to obtain the Visa.
To qualify for this program, candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience, be fluent in English and have a driver’s license.
Participants must agree also to complete a minimum of two years on the program to ensure continuity and stability for learners at participating schools in the United States.
Participate partners with schools in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. All three states are in the Southeast, USA. Placements are in rural, suburban, or urban settings.
Schools are carefully evaluated for suitability and need.
Participate invites primary teachers who are interested in teaching primary, maths, science, and world languages in the United States to begin their application process by visiting: www.participatelearning.com
Participate partners with schools and districts to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services.
These programs and services impact student-outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative professional learning.
For over 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create an impact on a global scale.
Participate is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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