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Educational and cultural enrichment: Exchange teachers sharpen their professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and they return to their home school after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and the U.S. educational system.

Repeat participation

Teachers are eligible to repeat the program provided that they have resided outside the United States for two years and continue to meet the eligibility requirements.



  • Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence;
  • Be working as a teacher in the home country or country of legal residence at the time of application, or, if not working as a teacher, otherwise meet the eligibility qualifications and (a) have recently (within 12 months of application) completed an advanced degree and (b) have two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years;
  • Have a degree-equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which they intend to teach;
  • Have a minimum of two years (24 months) of teaching or related professional experience;
  • Satisfy the standards of the U.S. state in which they will teach;
  • Be of good reputation and character;
  • Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching as a teacher of record at a primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary accredited educational institution in the United States (pre-kindergarten teachers must teach full-time, and at the pre-kindergarten level, may teach only language immersion at an accredited host school);
  • Possess sufficient proficiency in the English language


General teaching placements are in K-12 grade levels and all subjects, including high-demand subjects such as:

  • Primary school
  • Maths
  • Science
  • World languages (including ESL)
  • Special education
  • Art
  • Music


Applications Open : February 1st
Applications Close  : June 14th
U.S. Arrival Dates   : July – August 15th
U.S. School Year     : August – May

Month to month hiring breakdown

December/January:  The holiday season and New Year brings about change and some teachers will decide not to return to teach at their schools opening up vacancies that needs to be filed asap.

FEB/MARCH: Schools will start mapping up their next school year staffing needs. This should be the start of your job prospecting.

APRIL/MAY: The schools are in hiring gear . Spring interviews are starting.

JUNE/JULY: This is the time schools have a good inventory of their staffing needs.

AUG/SEPT:  'Tis the season to be hiring!

OCT/NOV: At this point that student numbers will be finalized. If there are more students than the school has previously anticipated, they will hire for immediate-start teachers and with NEWSTART year-round applicant pool our clients are ensured their application is ready at  a moment's notice.



. Facilitator Fee $750  NON REFUNDABLE
     $      500.00             Payable after assessment of  eligibility & submission of documents
     $      250.00              Payable once we notify you that we matched you with a host employer or sponsor
As your facilitator
  • We will send out your CV to our host employers
  • We will provide you the feedback from these host employers
  • We will schedule the job interviews
  • We will prepare you well for these upcoming interview
  • We will work towards  the signing of the internship agreement with the host employer (for self-placement)
  • Direct collaboration and constant contact with the host employer and your program sponsor
  • Check for completeness / request for missing documents to ensure these are filled out properly
  • Comprehensive support when completing all documents.
  • Ongoing support to your host company in the preparation of the official training plan  (for self-placement)
  • Visa assistance in processing your J-1 visa at your local embassy 
  • Mock/practice interview for your consular interview appointment to avoid the pitfalls of visa denial
  • Travel agent assistance for all your travel needs with discount on applicable products.



NEWSTART Facilitator Fee $750$750
Program Sponsor Application Fee$0$500
Credential Evaluation$150$500
TOEFL ( may or may not be required$180$180
PRAXIS Test (may or may not be required)$90$150
SEVIS $0$220
DS-160 Fee$0$160

Some program sponsors pay for the teacher's SEVIS fee and/or reimburse the DS-160 (MRV) FEE.

estimate monthly cost of living

Health Insurance (Individual)$60$100
The above provides an estimated range of costs for a single teacher in U.S. dollars. Costs increase based on the number of dependents. 


self placement

• If you already have a teaching job offer on hand meaning you already secured an employment or job offer, we    will connect with your host employer in preparing and signing the DS-7002 Training Plan.
• Review  the Participant Training Plan Agreement once your employer sends the Training Plan to review before you sign.
• If you do not have a job offer in place, we will find you the host employer and do the above process.
The J-1 Program fees by the program sponsor is generally more affordable with Self- placement than the full placement by the program sponsor. We have program sponsors that offer zero program fees or salary deduction program fees.

full placement

  • We will send your application to program sponsors based on your qualifications.

  • Your program sponsor will find you a pre-qualified host employer.  

  • You will just choose the position that meets your career objectives and everything will go from there.

  • If you are a good fit, you’ll hear from a program sponsor coordinator to start the    J-1 processing.



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