The Global Educator Program

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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 (NCDPI), the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDOE), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Global provides the recruitment, placement and ongoing support of international educators principally in K – 12 Math, Science, Elementary Education, World Languages and subjects of high demand.

The Global Educator 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, teachers in the Global Educator 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 Global Educators, offered K – 12 teaching positions primarily in North Carolina, and allowed to stay five years before their required return to their home countries. Once hired in the school district, Global will aid in their cultural transition and provide support throughout their employment.

Application Process

Global Teaching Partners’ application process may take several months to complete. At each of the steps outlined below, the teachers application, requested documents, and interview performance will be viewed by Global’s team to determine if the applicant will advance within the process.

Step 1: Initial Application

The applicant should first complete Global’s Initial Application. The applicant’s responses to the Initial Application will determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements.

Step 2: Application Questionnaire

If the applicant successfully passes the Initial Application, Global will send the applicant an email with a linked questionnaire to gather additional details, including contact information, teaching history, demographics, and family specifics. At the bottom of the questionnaire, the applicant will be required to submit supporting documents, including a resume, driver’s license, and Bachelor’s degree.

Step 3: Phone Interview

Once the applicant’s questionnaire has been reviewed, Global will invite eligible applicants to participate in a short telephone interview to discuss compatibility with the program and to provide more information about teaching in the U.S.

Step 4: Required Documents

Following a successful telephone interview, Global will collect required documents from the applicant to further determine eligibility for the program.

Step 5: First Video Interview

If all of the applicant’s required documents are accepted, Global will invite the applicant to schedule a video interview, which is conducted virtually. Information about the interview is provided via email.

Step 6: Required Documents

Following a successful first video interview, Global will request additional documents to further determine the applicant’s eligibility.

Step 7: Second Video Interview

After the additional required documents have been submitted, Global will invite the applicant to schedule a second video interview, which will be conducted over Zoom. Information about the interview is provided via email.

Step 8: Notification of Acceptance  into Candidate Pool

Once the applicant has successfully completed a phone interview, two video interviews, and submitted all necessary documents, Global will review all components of his/her application to make a final determination. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into Global’s candidate pool.

Step 9: Candidate Pool

Those accepted into Global’s candidate pool will work with Global Staff to complete a Teacher Portfolio, which is shared with Global’s District Partners during the hiring period. Candidates are also invited to complete virtual professional development modules to prepare for any interviews with schools or District Partners.

Step 9: District Interviews

The final step to securing a position teaching in the U.S. through Global is to obtain a job offer from one of Global’s District Partners. Candidates will be notified that a District Partner has requested to interview them via email.

Global Educator Minimum Requirements:

1. The applicant must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree (a formal four [4]-year program at an accredited university) in education or the subject area in which he/she intends to teach.

2. The applicant must be teaching in a school setting at the time of application.

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

4. The applicant must either be able to speak English as his/her native language or have proficiency 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 his/her country of residence.

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Fees & Expenses

Global Educators are paid by their host school districts on a commensurate level as their U.S. teacher counterparts. Teachers generally earn a monthly salary between $3,900 and $5,510 before taxes are withheld depending on placement location, educational background, and years of teaching experience.Some host school districts provide additional financial supplements to their teachers. Global Educators are welcome to join a union/association for teachers if they desire, but this is not a requirement of Global Teaching Partners, so any union dues associated with such are voluntary.

To better understand the difference between a U.S. teacher’s gross monthly salary and their net monthly salary, please see the example provided below. This example is based on a gross annual salary of $45,720 paid over 10 months (actual salaries and taxes may vary).

Monthly Salary Example for $45,720 Gross Annual Salary on 10-Month Salary Schedule:

Monthly gross salary                                           $4,572

Federal tax withholding (est. 12%)                  $549

State tax withholding (est. 4.50%)                   $206

= Monthly net salary*                                         $3,817

*Net salary is based on estimates only and will vary based on years of teaching experience, location, federal and state laws, IRS regulations, etc.

Fees & Expenses

Global Teaching Partners strives to make each teacher’s experience positive and rewarding and wants applicants to be aware of all fees and expenses associated with participation. Global does not charge teachers an application fee, a sponsor fee, or any foreign or domestic third party or partner fees; however, teachers will incur costs prior to becoming and while they are a Global Educator. Necessary expenses include fees to obtain the J-1 visa and fees for the state teaching license (costs outlined in table). Other varying costs include housing, furniture, utilities, transportation, health insurance, clothing, a cell phone plan, entertainment, etc. Global Educators are not required to pay for credential evaluations; however, a Global Educator may need to pay to request an official transcript from his/her college/university, and/or he/she may need to pay for an official certified translation of a transcript if the necessary transcript is not in English. Please understand that Global recommends that all new teachers bring a minimum of $3,500 to the U.S. to aid in relocation expenses.

After a Global Educator spends two tax calendar years in the U.S., he/she is considered a resident alien for tax purposes. This means that the Global Educator will also have Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax deducted from his/her salary at a rate of 7.65%. FICA tax includes both Social Security tax at 6.2% and Medicare tax at 1.45% (for a total of 7.65%). Global Educators do not receive any retirement benefits.

Please see the tables for the required fees and estimated expenses related to participation with Global Teaching Partners. Monthly cost estimates are for a single J-1 visa holder while living in the U.S. Costs increase significantly with additional family members.

To further research the cost of living in the U.S. or learn more about living in a particular area, please visit the resources below:

Cost of Living Calculator


Global Teaching Partners is proudly partnered with Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, and Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There are no additional or third-party fees associated with any of Global’s partnerships.


Required Fees Prior to Arrival in the U.S.: U.S. Dollar Amount: Paid To:
J-1 Visa Application Fee $185 U.S. Embassy or Consulate
SEVIS Fee $220 U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
Criminal Background Check/Police Clearance $25-$50 Local Police Agency in Home Country
Global Teaching Partners Application Fee $0 N/A
Global Teaching Partners Sponsor Fee $0 N/A
Foreign or Domestic Third Party or Partner Fees $0 N/A
Credential Evaluation $0 N/A



Required Fees Following Arrival in the U.S.: U.S. Dollar Amount: Paid To:
Teacher Licensure Fee $100 Global Teaching Partners
*J-2 Employment Authorization $410 U.S Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Services
**Teacher Certification Exams Fee $0 N/A

* This fee is only required if the J-2 dependent seeks employment while in the U.S.
**There is no cost to the Global Educator should he/she be required to take a certification exam.




Monthly Fixed Cost Estimates: U.S. Dollar Estimate Range: Notes:
Health Insurance* $95 – $485 Based on Current Healthcare Rates (single – family)
Childcare (per child under the age of 5) $600 – $1600 Based on local childcare facility rates
Food (per adult) $314 – $376 Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture Official Food Plan (Moderate)
Housing $1000 – $1500 Based on average housing prices in North Carolina
Transportation $450 – $700 Based on average costs for car payment, auto insurance, and fuel
Utilities $150 – $300 Based on average costs for cell phone, internet, power (heating and electricity), water, etc.
Retirement Deductions $0

* In order to maintain valid J-1 visa status, Global Educators are required by law to carry health insurance for themselves and for any J-2 dependents during the entire time of participation in the cultural exchange.


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