Monday 1 December 2008

Teaching Exchanges and Fellowships

Updated 9 February 2012

Fellowships allow teachers to teach in different schools around the world for a specific amount of time whereas teaching exchanges allow you to swap your house, car and job with a teacher in another country. You might also be interested in working at international schools, getting a short-term or working holiday visa, or teaching for housing or language lessons.



  • IFESH sends teachers to Africa. They provide a small monthly stipend to cover costs.

  • AEUJ has exchanges between Japan and Australia.
  • NCUSCR offers exchanges between the US and China.


  • CEEF places teachers in Canada and has exchanges for Candian teachers to go to other countries.
  • DECS places teachers in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
  • DET places teachers in Canada as well as Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
  • South Australian Teachers' Exchange places teachers in Canada, Europe, and the USA.

  • If you're moving to Germany the book Painlessly Relocate to Germany has some good tips.
  • AMSCAN has positions in Finland.
  • Best Programs can help you get visas for teaching English and internships in Belgium, Italy, and Spain.
  • DECS places teachers in Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK as well as Canada and the US.
  • DET places teachers in Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK as well as Australia, Canada, and the US.
  • France offers assistant teaching positions for Americans aged 20 to 29 through the French Ministry of Education. Here's the info from the French embassy in Washington, Escape Artist, a short summary, as well as a description of the programme.
  • Geovisions can get you visas for places like France. They also have a short term teaching and conversation partner programme.
  • SOL sends teachers to Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Teachers are on local salaries which is about $250 to $600 a month, however, housing is provided. No families are allowed.
  • South Australian Teachers' Exchange places teachers in Europe, Canada, and the USA.
  • Spain has a Language and Culture Assistant Programme through the Spanish Ministry of Education for many different nationalities. You'll need a degree to participate. The programme lasts from October to May and you can apply between November to March. They also have a Visiting Professor Programme for Americans and Canadians. You have to be able to write in Spanish, have teaching experience, be a college graduate and be willing to go for one semestre.
  • Spain also has a Master in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the Franklin Institute that allows you to teach in schools and earn a masters degree in the process.

The Middle East

New Zealand

The United States
  • AMIDEAST has scholarship and exchange programmes.
  • Amity has an intern and teacher programme.
  • Colorado Teaching Exchange has for Australian and New Zealand teachers.
  • DECS places teachers in the US as well as Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK.
  • DET places teachers in the US as well as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK.
  • EPI places teachers in K-12 schools.
  • Humphrey Fellowship offers mid-career professionals 10 months of work and study.
  • ITES places teachers in K-12 schools.
  • LASPAU has research and scholarship programmes.
  • The US State Department has a list of more exchange programmes as well.
  • South Australian Teachers' Exchange places teachers in the USA, Canada, and Europe.
  • VIF places teachers in K-12 schools.



  1. hi i was reading your post about how u come to peru...really amazing...nice story..

    well my best wish for u..and be very very happy!

    Happy new year!

  2. I am going to study at the Universidade Federal de Goias in Brazil, are there any teaching opportunities there for me? I keep looking but can't find anything.

  3. I don't know about that particular university. I suggest you email them and ask.


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