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The BridgeUSA Teacher Exchange Program is a program supported by Exchange Leaders International (ELI) that aims to provide international teachers with opportunities for cross-cultural enrichment and professional development. The program facilitates the exchange of teachers between different countries, allowing them to teach in the United States and interact with colleagues and students. The program offers various benefits, including professional skill development and participation in cross-cultural activities at host schools and communities throughout the United States.

If you are a teacher interested in applying for J-1 sponsorship to teach in the U.S., click the REGISTER ONLINE below and complete the Registration Form. If you have obtained a job offer, you will need to provide the name of the specific host school where you intend to teach, rather than just the school district.

If you require assistance in finding a teaching position in the U.S., you can submit a request for more information, and the program administrators can provide guidance and support in locating suitable opportunities.


When participating in the Exchange Visitor Program, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the financial aspects involved before accepting a position and arriving in the U.S. ELI Teachers are expected to act responsibly with their finances during their stay, which includes being aware of all fees, costs, taxes, insurance, payroll deductions, living expenses, and any additional expenses related to family members joining them under J-2 dependent visa status.

Before accepting a teaching position in the U.S., you will receive a Confirmation of Appointment Letter from your host school, which will specify your gross annual salary in U.S. dollars.

It is advisable to use the provided information to plan and prepare your finances prior to your arrival in the U.S. Many teachers choose to bring some money with them to cover initial relocation expenses, especially since the first paycheck may not be received until the end of the first month of work.

Additionally, it's important to estimate your net or "take-home" pay using the information provided, as it will help you make informed decisions when budgeting and allocating resources for housing, transportation, and other everyday living expenses.

By understanding these financial aspects and planning ahead, you can ensure a smoother transition and better manage your finances during your participation in the Exchange Visitor Program as an ELI Teacher.

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