Adventure. Exploration. Travel.
Teaching with Participate is more than a job opportunity. It provides personal growth and development.
You’ll also be a cultural ambassador. Share your traditions with your new community. Help plan events to celebrate your favorite holidays. Serve as a role model and mentor. Inspire a love of the wider world in US students.
To learn more, watch the video or keep reading below.
Have you taught with us previously?
If you taught as a Participate teacher previously (including when we were known as VIF), you may be eligible to return! You will need to meet our current requirements and those of the J-1 visa, including:
- Having been out of the United States for at least 2 years
- Teaching a subject we currently recruit from your country
Ready to return? Make sure you still meet the requirements, then apply.
Do you want to refer a teacher?
Our programs wouldn’t be possible without our visiting international teachers who share their culture and experience. We’re always looking for more!
Past and current Participate teachers can refer a fellow teacher to our program and earn cash rewards if that teacher is accepted.
To find out more, including the terms and conditions, visit our Teacher Referral page.
What positions are available?
There are opportunities to teach:
- Primary school
- World languages (including English as a Second Language)
Where are the schools?
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.
Each state offers unique local experiences. Outdoor activities, food, music, and cultural pursuits abound.
Be prepared for an adventure that will expand your horizons in more ways than one.
What happens after you’re accepted?
We’re here for you and understand the challenges of an international move. Participate supports you every step of the way with:
- Visa applications – including spouse and family
- Relocation preparation
- Training sessions
- Online support
- Arrival orientation
- Professional development
- Settling into your new community
- Ongoing assistance throughout your stay
Many teachers enjoy their experience and re-apply to teach again.
Still have questions?
Moving abroad is a big decision. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help. Find out about:
- Teaching and living in the USA
- Financing your journey
- Bringing your family
- Salary and benefits
You can also speak to a member of our team using the blue chat icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
“When I got here, the people that I interacted with made a world of a difference. The fear that I had when I came to the United States was made easier by the people I met, especially at my school. Anyone who is interested in this program should definitely give it a shot—go for it. The experience that you gain changes you not only professionally, but also personally. It’s a change that is going to stay with you for the rest of your life.”
Participate teacher from Jamaica
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