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“The constant support I receive from Global helps me to succeed in my teaching career here in the USA. I have enjoyed meeting a wide range of different people. Salute to Global Teaching Partners.”
Marjon M. Roche (Philippines)

5th Grade Teacher

Global Teaching Partners is an Official Authorized J-1 Exchange Visitor Sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State and recognized and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the South Carolina Department of Education (DOE). Global provides the recruitment, placement and ongoing support of international Academic and Cultural Exchange (ACE) teachers principally in K – 12 Math, Science, Elementary Education, World Languages and subjects of high demand. The ACE program is designed for international teachers to gain experiential knowledge of the U.S., participate actively in cross-cultural activities with U.S. schools and communities, and at the conclusion of their exchange, return home to share their experiences and their increased knowledge of the United States. In turn, educators in the ACE teacher program will inspire U.S. students to respect, appreciate and admire other cultures and develop and prepare thoughtful global citizens.

International teachers will be classified as Academic and Cultural Exchange (ACE) teachers, offered K – 12 teaching positions primarily in North Carolina and South Carolina, and allowed to stay five years before their required return to their home country. Once hired in the school district, Global will aid in their cultural transition and provide support throughout their employment.

Minimum ACE Teacher Program Requirements

Academic and Cultural Exchange Teacher Program Minimum Requirements:

1. The applicant must have earned the equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in the USA (equivalent of four (4) yrs. of formal education at an accredited university)

2. The applicant must have had formal teacher training, including his/her pedagogical preparation/training as part of a four-year university program or as an additional year of formal, full-time university study.

3. The applicant may not be a U.S. resident, U.S. citizen or have ever applied for a green card.

4. The applicant must either be able to speak English as their native language or have fluency in the English language.

5. At the time of application, the applicant must have a minimum of two (2) years of full-time teaching experience after obtaining his/her Bachelor’s Degree

6. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license in their home country.

7. The applicant must have a valid E-mail address.

8. The applicant must have a valid Google Plus (Hangout) or Skype ID account.

The Teacher Selection Process

Due to the J-1 Visa process, applying to the Academic and Cultural Exchange (ACE) Teaching Program may be an extensive process in the compilation of paperwork. The application process may take 1 – 3 months in total, but Global Teaching Partners is here to support and help you prepare for success in your candidacy.

Step 1: Online Application

Your initial online application will demonstrate if you meet the initial eligibility requirements. Teachers must be able to show two years of post-graduate teaching experience with students at the elementary and secondary levels to qualify for a position with the program.

Step 2: Telephone Interview

Once the application is reviewed and accepted for initial candidacy, Global will invite you to participate in a 20 – minute telephone interview to discuss your compatibility with the ACE program and teaching in the U.S.

Step 3: Required Documents

Following a successful telephone interview, Global will need required documents to accompany your application and further determine eligibility for the ACE program. Required documents include official transcripts, reference forms, criminal background check, etc., depending on your country of residence.

Step 4: In-Person Interview

Global travels the globe to conduct personal interviews with ACE teacher candidates. The in-person interview is an opportunity for teacher candidates to demonstrate their professionalism, competence, and reasons you would like to teach in the U.S.

Step 5: Notification of Acceptance

Following a successful personal interview and submission of all required documents, Global will conduct a final review to ensure eligibility for a U.S. teaching license and visa. If you meet all criteria, Global notifies you of acceptance into the ACE program and will present your portfolio to U.S. schools interested in hiring an international teacher.

Step 6: Consideration of U.S. Teaching Positions

Global will notify you when a school is interested in hiring you or speaking with you concerning a teaching position.

Step 7: Accept Teaching Position!

The hiring of new teachers in the U.S. may be as early as April annually, but between May and early August is when most are hired. In addition, while most schools begin the academic year late August, some schools continue to hire as late as September, based on student enrollment and school budgets.

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Summary of Fees & Expenses

Monthly cost estimates are for a single J-1 Visa holder while living in the U.S.  Costs will increase based on family size.

Global teachers that participate in the ACE Teacher Program do not incur any sponsor or application fees. Global teachers are paid by the host school district, paid on the same salary scale as U.S. teachers and paid a monthly salary between approximately $2,900 and $5,400 before taxes and withholdings depending on experience and placement location. The table below is based on a yearly salary of $42,000 paid over 12 months (actual salaries, federal and state taxes may vary).

Salary Example:

Estimated Salary of Seven (7) Years Experience – Post Bachelor of Education:

Monthly gross pay                                               $3,500

Federal tax withholding (est. 12%)                  $420

State tax withholding (est. 5.25%)                   $185

Monthly net salary*                                            $2,895

* Net Salary is based on estimates only and will vary based on years experience, location, Federal and State laws and IRS regulations.

Although there are no sponsor fees involved in the application process with Global, teachers will incur expenses prior to and while they are an exchange visitor teacher. Global strives to make each teacher experience positive and rewarding and wants applicants to be aware of all costs associated with participation.  

These costs vary, but include fees required by the U.S. government for your J-1 Visa, fees paid to the state for a teaching license and expenses related to health insurance or other related benefits. Please see the tables below for required fees and estimated expenses related to your participation with Global Teaching Partners.

Variable costs may include clothing, entertainment, travel, gym memberships, and other expenses associated with living in the U.S.

Please understand that Global Teaching Partners recommends that all new teachers bring a minimum of $3,000 to the U.S. to aid in relocation expenses. Those expenses may include a car down payment, housing and utilities deposits, etc. For any further questions, please contact a Global Associate at or utilize our Contact Us page.

Fees Prior to Arrival:U.S. Dollar Amount:Paid To:
J-1 Visa Application Fee$160U.S. Embassy or Consulate
SEVIS Fee$220U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Fees Following Arrival:U.S. Dollar Amount:Paid To:
Criminal Background Check$25-$50 Police Agency
State Teacher Accreditation Fee $100Global Teaching Partners
*J-2 Employment Authorization$410U.S Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Services
*Fee only required if a dependent seeks employment while in the U.S.


Monthly Fixed Cost Estimates:U.S. Dollar Estimate Range:Notes:
Health Insurance$95 - 419Based on Current Healthcare Rates (Single - Family)
Food$333 - 354Based on USDA
Housing$1030 - 1546Based on NC Housing Rent Averages (Studio - 3 Bedroom)
Transportation$450 - $700Includes car payment, auto insurance and fuel
Utilities$150 - $300May include cell phone, internet, power (heating & electricity), water, etc.

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