As a designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsor for teachers interested in teaching in the United States, Cultural Vistas is responsible for ensuring that program participants fulfill the requirements of the J-1 Visa for teachers. What this actually means can be a little confusing for those actually searching for a teaching job in the U.S. Below are some general eligibility criteria outlined by the U.S. State Department for securing teaching jobs in the U.S. for foreign nationals.
It probably wouldn’t be too hard to find a teacher in each of the 50 states to say that their state is the best for teaching. After all, there are countless things that factor into what kind of job environment is best for a particular individual. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably looking to further your teaching career through a J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program like Teach USA—which means that the cultural and educational environment of your future teaching position is likely far more important than for an American teacher. For those who may not know much about the…
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After spending an incredible summer in Beijing, nothing seemed as daunting as a 7,000-mile journey, 40 hours of traveling, 2 flight delays, and a 1:30 AM arrival time. Except starting a new semester the very next day. More than a bit frazzled, a million questions buzzed through my head. How could I make sense of my time abroad and express it to my friends and family? How could I cope with this “reverse culture shock” they told me about? And how could I leverage my international experience to become a stronger student, now that I was back on campus? If,…
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Moving to the United States is daunting. Even for Americans moving around the country, getting to know your new city can be difficult. There is so much to learn. But don’t fret! To help make your transition as smooth and rewarding as possible, here are a few tips on how to live like a local.
From lending a hand at a nearby food pantry to spending a few hours a week at a local school, volunteerism is part of American culture. Whether you’re a J-1 Visa participant or just an international guest, here’s a guide on how to get involved and volunteer during your time in the United States.