DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE


MESSAGE FROM MARIANNE MASON

Since founding in 1951, CHF has sponsored thousands of exchange teachers. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation’s work is dedicated to Cordell Hull, Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Laureate honored as prime architect of the United Nations. In keeping with the late Secretary’s wishes, CHF promotes comity among nations through education and cultural exchange, sponsoring teachers primarily in language immersion, Baccalaureate, bilingual, or foreign language curricula.  95% of CHF teacher exchanges focus on:

(1) Immersion schools in which the entire curriculum is taught in a foreign language–French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Italian and Mandarin immersion (private or charter schools)
(2) Hanban Mandarin language programs partially paid by the Chinese government, overseen by Confucius Institutes in US universities
(3) Teachers recruited by the government of Spain who work predominantly in public schools, overseen by over a dozen regional Education Coordinators from Spain living in various cities in the US
(4) International Baccalaureate schools

Demand for native-speaking language teachers continually expands as language-immersion schools spring up as public charter schools in New York, California, Oregon, Louisiana, Indiana and other states.

Feel free to browse this webpage to learn more about the J-1 visa teacher exchange program and that which we stand ready and able to do for you.  Also consult our blog for detailed aspects of the required health insurance and other suggestions: http://j1visateachexc.blogspot.com/

We take pride in presenting orientations for new teachers in more than fifteen cities in the US including New York City, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Rosa, California, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Tucson, Kalamazoo, Washington, DC and cities in between, narrated by native speakers of French, Spanish, English or Mandarin.   Though all teachers are tested for English fluency, it is easier to absorb the visa complexities explained in their own native language within the first two months of arrival.  The 5-hour workshops explain the intricacies of the J-1 visa, Culture Shock, and strategies for communicating with American parents.

During the required orientations for new teachers, CHF presents a session on culture shock breaking down the process into five stages of adjustment aided by animations of each stage designed by former J-1 exchange teacher Tom Gilbert.  There are also suggestions for coping with Culture Shock in CHF’s Orientation Manual downloadable from www.cordellhull.net/PW10 in three languages.

The Foundation offers teachers the opportunity to broaden and deepen perspective, increase objectivity, developing a more realistic, practical sense of how the world works.  Though not a simple or easy adjustment, most participants find opportunities to expand individual human potential, increase independence and self-esteem.  I am privileged to take part in facilitating personal and professional growth for foreign educators, American citizens, and international residents whose lives they impact.

New J-1 teacher regulations implemented by the State Department three years ago narrow recruiting parameters and require all teachers to produce annual cultural activity reports.  Foreign teachers who wish to qualify must have the equivalent of a 4-year university degree in the US, for instance.

Since teaching culture is inherent in teaching foreign language, the vast majority of CHF-sponsored exchange teachers have already been teaching culture on a daily basis since 1951.  CHF has simplified the work by producing an online interactive report form plus videos to explain the new regulations to schools.  See J-1 VISA Instruction Videos in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.  Teaching Foreign language is intertwined with teaching culture.  Briefly reporting what CHF teachers already do goes quickly using the CHF Cultural Activity Report form.

The Instruction video on how the steps needed to set up a new program may be found under www.cordellhull.com/instruction-videos.  The English version is in the first list, and there is a video in Spanish in the list of Spanish videos.  If you are interested in establishing a Teacher Exchange Program, please fill out a New Program Form from www.cordellhull.net.

Look forward to working with you!  Click here for a short bio on my background.

Cordially,  Marianne Mason