Teacher Exchange

United States

Program Length: 3-5 Years

About This Program

If you are a non-U.S. citizen with teaching experience, this program offers you a valuable opportunity to learn different methods of teaching while also bringing an important international perspective to young students. This program is designed for the exchange of different teaching methodologies with other teachers, and the opportunity to teach a classroom of American children much more than basic education. The program provides a rare chance to share your country’s culture and heritage, exposing American students to the ideas of international inclusion and tolerance, and enabling them to think with a greater world perspective.

Teaching is a special profession. It gives you unlimited potential to influence and impact young lives. Alliance Abroad Group helps teachers broaden the world view of today’s American youth through matching excellent and inspired teaching professionals with accredited host schools across the U.S. We carefully check each school to ensure that they are not only accredited institutions, but that they are in full compliance with Department of State regulations. This means you can focus on teaching while we focus on finding the right fit for the next step in your educational career.


What will I be doing?

In addition to teaching, you will be facilitating cross cultural exchange between your U.S. classroom and your home country. Once a year you will organize a day or activity that highlights your culture and allows for your U.S. students to have a dialogue (through virtual exchange or other means) with students in your home country. The Teacher Exchange Program enables international educators to utilize their knowledge to help build the critical and analytical skills of our youth, and to personally showcase the value of cultural exchange.

You will be teaching full-time within the American educational school system, working directly with young students, exchanging teaching methodologies with other teachers, and reporting to your supervisor-teacher and principal.

Fees and Expenses

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"This Teachers Exchange program gives me a lot of opportunities and expands my horizons. It helps me to explore the world and taught me a lot about life and gives me the opportunity to understand and experience other’s cultures. […] I shall say I am so grateful being a part of this AAG program."

- Corazon Gatbonton - Philippines



  • Must be working as a teacher outside of the U.S.
  • If not currently teaching, within 12 months of applying for program, must have or will have received an advanced degree (beyond a U.S. bachelor’s) in education or in the subject matter you intend to teach
  • Must have at least 2 years full-time teaching experience
  • Must be fluent in the English language
  • Must meet the qualification for teaching at the primary or secondary levels in schools in your home country
  • Must be of good reputation and character
  • Must meet the eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which you will teach to include any required criminal background checks

What This Program Includes

Program application

  • Application processing and guidance throughout application process
  • Program eligibility screening including sponsor English interview
  • Detailed resume review and feedback

Guaranteed Placement

Teach placement secured before arriving in the U.S. with a fully vetted, and\ accredited U.S. Host School, so you know exactly where you are going and start earning right away.

Resume and Interview Preparation

We help you with your resume and interview preparation so you make a great first impression and land the right job.


We work with you in advance to prepare you for your adventure in the U.S. and provide you with an orientation about what to expect.

Sponsorship and International Requirements

  • Guidance on visa requirements and travel medical insurance.
  • DS-2019 processing and issuance.
  • Detailed information on Embassy appointment
  • SEVIS check in and ongoing record maintenance

Customized Training Plan

We work with your employer to ensure the training plan is a unique experience and highlights all the skills and methodologies you will learn while on the program.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance coverage for the first 90 days of program and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for the duration of the J-1 program

Emergency Support

  • 24/7 emergency support from our U.S. based support teams and from a dedicated Outreach Coordinator
  • Access to AAG’s Participant Portal with program guidance and helpful tools

Tax Instructions

Help with obtaining needed tax file number and referral for tax support through Sprintax.

Administrative Costs

Please review the detail fees information below

Pre-arrival Fees

Fees teachers may incur prior to arrival in the United States




Teacher Exchange
Full Placement
First Time Program Fee


AAG provides your teach placement

Teacher Exchange
Self Placement
First Time Program Fee


You secure your own teach placement

Teacher Exchange with Overseas Agency
First Time Program Fee


Program Fee if you decide to apply through a local agency. Costs vary by partner and depend on what items the teacher includes in partner services*

Foreign Credential Evaluation

$200 - $400

Amount depends on number of transcripts evaluated and service provider chosen by teacher.

Paid to the Department of Homeland Security

Visa Appointment Fee


Paid to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your Home Country

International Flights

$800 - $2,000

Varies greatly depending on port of departure and entry

Initial Expense Fund


Please bring funds to cover your first month(s) of expenses prior to receiving a paycheck. This amount does not include housing costs.

We've summarized and grouped the amounts below for you to be fully informed, but please be aware that these are based on averages and might be subject to change due to several variables.

*Teachers are not required to enroll through a third-party agency to participate. For a list of our current overseas partner agencies, please click here.

Program Associated Fees

Fees to be paid to Alliance Abroad for changes or additions to your program.




Annual Renewal Fee


Paid to Alliance Abroad in the spring of each year for the following school year.

Transfer Fee


Due if approved to change host school placements after arrival
Extension Fee for 4th, 5th year

Paid directly to the U.S. Department of State

J-2 Dependent Fee


Per dependent. Must be spouse or child under 21 years of age.

Initial Insurance for J-2 Dependent


Dependent insurance for the first 90 days J-2 is in country. Dependent will need to be added to teacher’s insurance policy following the initial 90 days.

Post-arrival Fees

Job-related expenses teachers might incur upon program start




State Certification/Licensure
Estimated range of $70 - $170
Amount depends on the state; please check your state's Department of Education website
State Licensure Exams
Estimated range of $60-$250
Costs of state licensure exams vary greatly depending on state and subject matter and may not be required in all states
Criminal Background Check
$60 - $160
Varies by location

Taxes and other fees




School Insurance
May opt-in per school policy

We encourage teachers to enroll in school plans, which are more comprehensive than emergency coverage. Cost varies greatly depending on which school plan you choose and whether you have family joining you. Teachers should budget a minimum of $150-$300/month for school’s insurance policy.

Optional Insurance
(If necessary)


Teachers may opt to pay monthly for AAG recommended plan that meets program regulations.

Federal and State Income Tax
Average of 10 - 15% of gross pay

Not all states have a state income tax.
We recommend checking here:
Paycheck Calculator


Average 8% of Salary

Teachers on the J-1 visa program are typically subject to FICA and FUCA taxes after the first two tax calendar years in the US. In most cases, these payments will begin January 1 of your second year on program. Please note that a teacher will need to begin paying these taxes right away if the teacher was in the US previously on an F, J, M, or Q visa.

Retirement Benefits

Your host school may allow or require participation in their investment program for retirement. Please check your job offer and speak with your school principal during the interview about these details.

Union Fees (if applicable)
Average annual cost of $400

Your offer letter will include whether or not union membership and thus dues are required as well as confirm the cost.

Most of these charges might be discounted from your regular salary paychecks

Cost of Living Expenses

Average cost of living expenses





$800 - $2,500
per month

Factors include city, house or apartment, # of bedrooms, # of people sharing accommodation


$250 - $500

Factors include bus or car transportation, gas, car payment

Food & Groceries

$750 - $1,000

Based on grocery budget

(Age 0 - 5)

Avg. $700
per month

Full-time daycare can be very expensive. It can vary greatly depending on location,

After school care
(Age 5 - 12)

Avg. $174 - $261
per week

Some schools offer after care for students at school until 6 pm. According to Care.com’s 2022 Cost of Care Survey, parents paid part-time, after-school sitters an average of $261 per week for one child. After-school sitters made an average of $17.40 per hour.


Avg. of $400
per month for house

May be less if in an apartment. Includes electricity, air-conditioning, trash, water, etc.
Please note that some cities require cash deposits for utilities in the absence of a credit file.

Cable and/or Internet

Avg. of $70 - $100
per month

Depends on the plan you select.


Avg. of $60 - $100
per month

There are many plan options to suit your needs and budget.

Avg. of $200
per month

Depends on what you like to do in your free time- sports tickets, events, movies, etc.

Can vary greatly depending on number of dependents and city, state of resident

Third Party Fees




Partner or 3rd Party Fees: If you would like to work with an agency in your home country, here are our current partners trained and approved for the J-1 Teach Program

Program Fees

Teacher Exchange Full Placement

First Time Program


Teacher Exchange Self Placement

First Time Program


Program Renewal Fee

Annual fee due in May of each program year


Fees specific to your placement will be outlined in the Alliance Abroad Program Disclosure Document.
Alliance Abroad advises that you bring at least $2,000 to the U.S. to cover your initial living expenses prior to receiving your first paycheck. Please note that the recommended amount does not include housing expenses.

Prices can change without notice

Frequently Asked Questions

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We are currently no longer receiving applications for the 2022/2023 school season.
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