This program, spanning one month to one-semester, provides pre-school through high school level teachers and educators from around world the opportunity to learn about the American educational system, such as teaching methods and materials, as well as daily living while sharing their own culture and knowledge with American host family members, students, school colleagues and local community.
International teachers are assigned a host school according to their interests and teaching background. They participate in classroom, administrative activities, school extracurricular activities, school clubs, as well as teach American students and teachers aspects of their own culture. International teachers live with host families, allowing them the unique opportunity to learn more about American ways of life by being part of an American family.
All schools in which an international teacher is placed are fully accredited, desire to increase the cross-cultural learning for their students, faculty and staff by welcoming a international teacher to their school. These schools have or have previously had ACES exchange students. International teachers are expected to become an asset to the school by serving as a resource for cross-cultural learning and to participate in school activities both as a way to broaden their own experiences in the United States as well as to become an integrated part of the school community thereby allowing for more cross-cultural interaction with American students, educators and others. Placement location is determined by teacher’s interests and background, as well as host family and school availability.