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What is CHF?

The Cordell Hull Foundation (CHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Cordell Hull, 1945 Nobel Peace Prize recipient as “Father of the United Nations.” CHF has offered programs to foreign teachers in J1 visa status to improve foreign relations through exchange since 1951.
Click on Teacher Exchange
above for detailed info about sponsorship.

HOW TO RENEW your J-1 Teacher Visa


Culture shock is covered in CHF’s new- j1 teacher orientations and is treated in a number of books, including Director Marianne Mason’s J1 VISA UNCLOAKED, available on amazon.com.  Pascal Baudry’s cyberbook Français Américains L’autre Rive can be downloaded free of charge on: http://www.pbaudry.com/  Click on “télécharger gratuitement” to download.

Cultural information is communicated thru pageants, plays, readings, field trips, and other activities.  See examples on the CULTURAL ACTIVITIES page.  In most language immersion schools, fifth-grade students travel to the target country, stay with host families, and participate in classes with their counterparts, then reciprocate when foreign students travel to the U.S. Foreign languages represented in immersion schools are French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Greek, and Italian.

CHF is not a teacher recruitment nor a placement agency.


Foreign national teachers in J-1 visa status must
(1) be qualified to teach in K-12 schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence*
(2) have two years’ full-time teaching experience
(3) satisfy the standards of the US state where they will teach
(4) be fluent in English**
(5) be of good reputation and character
(6) teach full-time 32 hours per week minimum in the US
(7) possess the equivalent of a US university BA degree (4) years in education or subject taught
(8) be currently working as a teacher in home country or country of last legal residence (not as a principal, curriculum coordinator, intern, tutor)***
(8) have worked in J-1 visa status in the US during the previous 2 years
(9) work in day-care schools

* As of December 2018, consular officers are asking public school teachers for teaching certifications
** CHF reserves the right to interview teachers personally to check English
***unless currently obtaining a Masters in Education

Schools – HOW TO APPLY

Watch our 5-minute New Program Video in English or Spanish. The link is listed on our INSTRUCTION VIDEOS page.
In order to set up a working relationship to establish an Exchange Teacher Program for CHF to sponsor foreign teachers in J1 Teacher Visa status, fill out the NEW SPONSOR FORM.

Or read the SET-UP GUIDE for detailed instructions.

Confirm with CHF if a teacher is qualified for a J-1 teacher visa before going through other steps.

For late starts (after October) there are additional steps necessary to follow.

Cordell Hull Biography

Click here to access list of accomplishments


Click on Teacher Exchange link above for list of program and J-1 visa fees.


Health Insurance for teachers in J-1 visa status
Relocation Guide for Schools to host Foreign Teachers

Teachers – HOW TO APPLY

You may fill out an application which CHF will keep on file and submit if a school is looking for your profile.  Note: The school must pay your CHF sponsorship fee.

1. Download application from FORMS page in three languages. Best to complete in English (click below).

2. Download CHF Memo of Understanding from FORMS page. Read, sign, scan and email to pro@cordellhull.org.

For more details, see the Foreign Exchange Teachers page.

Click here for CHF application form in English: