The primary goal of the Teach USA program is to connect ambitious and enthusiastic Kenyan teachers with American schools. Through this program our we hope to promote cultural understanding and also hope that the teachers will share their knowledge and experience with American schools.
The teachers will help promote cultural understanding and public diplomacy in classrooms giving the students an opportunity to learn more about the world.
At the end of the program, the Kenyan teachers then return to their classrooms in Kenya and share their experiences and newly acquired skills with their students, schools and the community at large.
- The applicant has, at a minimum, a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which he or she intends to teach
- The applicant satisfies the teaching eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which he or she will teach, including any required criminal background checks
- The applicant is of good reputation and character
- The applicant agrees to come to the United States temporarily as a full-time teacher of record in an accredited primary or secondary school and has experience in a classroom, as outlined in the next section
Applicants currently working as a teacher:
- Must meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary or secondary levels in schools in Kenya (including Pre-kindergarten)
- Must be working as a teacher in Kenya at the time of application
- Must have at least two years of full-time teaching experience
Applicants not currently working as a teacher:
- Must meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary or secondary levels in schools in his or her home country (including Pre-kindergarten)
- Must have had at least two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years
- Must have completed an advanced degree within 12 months of his or her application submission date for the program. (Note: The degree must be more advanced than the U.S. bachelor’s degree. The subject of the degree must be in education or in an academic subject matter that he or she intends to teach or directly related to his or her teaching subject field.)
Advanced English language proficiency is an essential requirement of the program. Teachers will be interviewed in English to assess verbal ability and comprehension.
NOTE: You will be automatically disqualified from participating in the J1- Teacher program if:
- You have worked in J-1 Teacher visa status in the US during the previous 2 Years
- You are a University professor
- You work in day care schools
- You have previously violated US immigration laws.