Refer a teacher

Refer a teacher, earn rewards, and unite our world!

Teacher referral program

Our Participate Learning programs wouldn’t be possible without our teachers!

We provide an opportunity for current and former program participants to earn money for referring new teachers. If a teacher you recommend is accepted and stays through the end of October of their first school year, you can earn $1,000.

Keep reading to learn more about the process. Or, visit our application requirements page for more information about teaching with Participate Learning.

How it works

Already have someone in mind? Here’s how to get started:

  • Talk to your fellow teachers about Participate Learning.
  • Your colleague applies to teach with us.
  • In the application form, the teacher writes your full name when asked how they heard about Participate Learning.
  • The teacher is accepted into the program, is placed, and stays through October of their first school year.
  • Referral payment of $1,000 USD is mailed to you via debit card in November.

The teacher you refer must identify you as the referral source when they apply. If they do not, we are unable to confirm the source and you will not receive payment.

Full terms and conditions are below.

Come teach again!

We want you back! Participate Learning teaching alumni are welcome to apply for another U.S. experience. Currently, there is no limit to the number of times you can return.

Terms and conditions

Only current and former Participate Learning J-1 program participants who complete the exchange in good program standing are eligible to participate in this referral program. Teachers currently applying to Participate Learning are not eligible for a referral reward.

This referral program is intended to allow former ambassadors with Participate Learning to refer teachers that, to the best of their knowledge, qualify for Participate Learning and have the potential to be successful ambassadors.

Unauthorized advertisements (info sessions, meetings, presentations, flyers, brochures, etc.) use to attract prospective applicants are prohibited. Any teacher placing using unauthorized advertisements are not eligible for any referral rewards.

All reward amounts are listed in US dollars ($).

For the referral reward ($1,000) to be paid, any referred teacher must be placed, successfully complete Participate Learning orientation upon arrival to the US and still be actively teaching on October 31st.

Only one ambassador with Participate Learning may receive credit for referring any one applicant. When multiple names are listed by the applicant in the application form, Participate Learning will ask the applicant to identify which of the ambassadors listed was his/her main referral source.

Former ambassadors who apply to the program for another term may not identify themselves or anyone else as their referrer. Participate Learning will not pay a reward to a teacher who refers an alumni candidate.

If the referred has already applied to Participate Learning within past two years, no referral reward will be awarded.

Payments will not be made for referring a spouse or any other immediate family members. There is no limit to the number of referrals a teacher can make each year.

If any current or alumni Participate Learning participant who is eligible to receive a referral reward has a debt outstanding with Participate Learning, then the reward amount will be credited toward the debt. These teachers will receive a letter confirming that the reward was credited toward the debt.

It is the responsibility of the current or former program participant to ensure his or her participation in this program is in compliance with local laws prior to participating in the program or accepting any reward. Eligibility to receive a referral reward under visa status or laws in his or her home country prior to accepting the reward payment.

Participants in this referral program are responsible for providing current contact information to Participate Learning. Participate Learning is not responsible for payments that are delayed or lost due to incorrect contact information.

Referral rewards payments will be processed no later than November 30 of the year in which the referred teacher is placed. Rewards payments could arrive up to 10 business days after that date.

Participate Learning is not responsible for paying a referral reward unless Participate Learning receives correct contact and payment information.

All teachers who are referred will be added to the Participate Learning email distribution list to receive information about Participate Learning and international exchange. The referral email will provide unsubscribe instructions and the name the referror.

This referral program is intended to be discretionary and incidental in nature and may be modified or discontinued in the sole discretion of Participate Learning at any time without prior notice. Participate Learning’s liability under this program is limited to the amount of the referral reward which may be payable as described herein. All disputes regarding this referral program, including whether a referral qualifies for payment, are subject to final determination by Participate Learning. You agree that you will be solely responsible for paying any taxes on any rewards that you may earn. Your participation in the referral program shall constitute your acknowledgment that you understand and agree to abide by these rules.

Ambassadors with Participate Learning who are currently teaching on the program will receive the reward via payroll or check. Participate Learning reserves the right to provide rewards via pre-paid credit or gift cards.

Rewards to ambassador alumni will be sent only via a payment in the mail. Payment can be mailed anywhere.