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rockeapril-2015_folder_400wThe Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 visas for exchange visitors and takes pride in overseeing exchange programs for teachers from fifty countries.  After enjoying the experience of teaching in the United States on a temporary basis of one to five years, program participants return home to share memories and realistic feedback on American culture.

The Cordell Hull Foundation offices are centrally located in midtown in Rockefeller Center.  Visit by appointment only, please.

To qualify as a J-1 exchange teacher visitor, as required by J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Regulations (22 CFR Part 62),foreign nationals must be invited by a school, district or state to participate in CHF’s foreign exchange teacher program and:

(1) possess the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence
(2) have two years of full-time teaching experience previous to application for J-1 teacher visa
(3) satisfy the standards of the US state in which they will teach
(4) be proficient in the English language
(5) be of good reputation and character, and seek to enter the United States to teach full time for 32 hours per week minimum
(6) not have worked or taught in the United States for previous two years
(7) teach at the same level (kinder, primary, middle or secondary)
(8) worked as a TEACHER (not a principal, curriculum coordinator, intern, etc.) full time the year prior to applying

Note:  The February 29, 2016 new regulations restrict previous recruitment guidelines.  Clarifying those restrictions:

(a) If a candidate has been a teacher for 20 years but was promoted to school principal the year before application, they are disqualified. (b) The candidate must have been actually working as a teacher full time in a K-12 school (not a university or school for adults) the year immediately before application.
(c) A candidate teaching in a US school the year previous to application is not eligible for J-1 visa status unless s/he obtained a Masters Degree in a US university within 12 months of application.
(d) A candidate who lived in the US for two years’ prior doing anything other than obtaining a Masters degree in the US is disqualified.
(e) A foreign national who received teaching credentials only in the US and never in a foreign country is now not eligible for J-1 teacher status unless they can obtain an official certification to teach in their home country or last country of residence.
(f) A candidate may not be placed at the K3 or K4 level unless teaching foreign language immersion in an elementary, K-8, or K-12 school.  No foreign teachers may be placed in day-care or exclusively kindergarten schools.

The State Department wants only teachers who are fully up to speed in the grade level and area of expertise to have the privilege to come to the US and teach in American K-12 classrooms.   They don’t want foreign teachers to “practice” teaching other grade levels or have to expend energy re-acclimating to teaching after serving staff or other functions in schools for the year prior.  As the Cordell Hull Foundation is a designated teacher sponsor, we are obligated to carry out government policies.  We sometimes try to influence policy, but not make it.

Applications from individual foreign teachers will be accepted and kept in our database. CHF is not a personnel agency and does not represent nor seek positions for individual foreign exchange teachers. French teachers from francophone countries must be certified to teach in France in order to qualify for the French immersion programs in homoglued French-American schools.  See Teacher Application link at the bottom of this webpage which includes a Memo of Understanding to sign and fax to CHF.

The English version of the form may be completed in either English or French.  For best results, the Spanish version of the application should be completed in English.

Schools and public school districts are invited to learn more about the J-1 visa spanish teacher exchange program and that which we stand ready and able to do for you.  For details, click on FAQs … Frequently Asked Questions on the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Eighty percent of CHF foreign visitors participate as teachers in bilingual or language-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German or Greek.  Others teach or assist in programs such as ESL, sports, math, science and/or the arts and in several international baccalaureate schools.

CHINESE PROGRAM – Shanghai High Schoolsh-high-school

As part of the Foundation’s effort to encourage and assist American teachers to find teaching positions, abroad, we collaborate with Shanghai High School’s International Department.  The beautiful campus, spread out over many acres of well-kept gardens and walkways and buildings, are organized around subject areas such as languages, mathematics, science, arts.  Standards are high; there is a waiting list for full-time expatriate teachers to join the student body of over 2,000 students.  Applicants must have a Bachelor degree. Those who possess a Masters or a Doctorate and a teaching license or teaching experience are preferred.

During Chinese legal holidays, school holidays, and Christmas holidays full-time teachers are entitled to rest with full pay according to the number of classes listed on the schedule. (Summer vacation and winter vacation are not included.) The official national holidays are subject to Shanghai Municipal Government’s notification.  Teachers Interested in working at Shanghai High School may visit the Shanghai High School website: www.shsid.org   More information is available.

Pictured below:  All-Saints-Day Tribute to deLesseps S. “Toni” Morrison, former Executive Director of CHF for 27 years.toni-morrison

To qualify for J-1 Exchange Visitor status, teachers must hold valid teaching certificates or university degrees from their home countries, have at least three years of teaching experience or the equivalent, and meet other requirements.

See What are the requirements for acceptance into the CHF Exchange Teacher Visitor Program? on the FAQ webpage. Teachers are contracted by the school, school district or state education system on a temporary basis for a period of one year, extendable to three years. Participants are expected to return to their native countries to exercise skills and knowledge acquired in the United States, thus strengthening the ties and communications which unite us with other nations of the world.

Pictured with students is Julieta Montiel, a Panamanian teacher who obtained her Masters degree using a Cordell Hull Foundation tuition waiver in Louisiana negotiated by former Executive Director deLesseps “Toni” Morrison.julieta-montiel

Other initiatives include production of a one-hour Documentary film on the life of Cordell Hull and a video produced to help foreign exchange teachers find teaching jobs in the US (see J-1 VISA / Instruction Videos).  Funding is being sought for the d.s. Toni Morrison Summer Studies Program in Antigua, Guatemala to support short-term intensive study trips for teachers or businesspeople to become fluent in Spanish.  Students have the opportunity of living with a Guatemalan family while enjoying expert one-on-one instruction from native-speaking specialists at the Escuela San Jose el Viejo.  See International Programs.

Webpage written by CHF Trustees and edited by Joseph Scott, Communications Director.

 disk4 Click here to go to CHF Teacher Application in English.
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 chf-logo Memorandum of Understanding – Required for Teacher Applicants to print and sign
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 fleur-de-lis-icon-82824572n00 Ficher de candidature de CHF en français