Program Framework

Teach in the USA is a unique program that provides experienced foreign educators the opportunity to explore a new educational and cultural environment through full-time teaching positions in the United States. Participants are able to gain exposure to American teaching methods while host schools open doors to fresh perspectives and valuable viewpoints in U.S. classrooms.

Students gain valuable perspective and are exposed to different viewpoints which allow them to broaden their own perceptions, ensuring they are prepared for the challenges of our changing world. Because HRC believes all students should benefit by having the opportunity to learn from an international educator, we are able to provide services to all types of schools; public, private, charter or independent.


What we offer

HRC recruits highly qualifed individuals who wish to travel to the United States for full-time, paid teaching positions at accredited K-12 schools. HRC provides assistance and services to schools and teachers. Including, but not limited to:

  • Pre screening of applicants for various teaching positions for host schools to interview
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship (up to three years) for qualified individuals and their dependents
  • Issuance of the “Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Visa” (Form DS-2019) to successful applicants
  • Host school and applicant vetting
  • Comprehensive health and medical insurance
  • 24-hour emergency support for teachers and host schools
  • Program monitoring and regular evaluations
  • Program orientation and information session to both host school and participant
  • Optional Housing Assistance
  • Ongoing guidance throughout the program, including an annual professional development opportunity, which can help teachers to fulfill the cultural exchange requirement of the J-1 Visa.
  • Cultural activities to become accustomed to the American way-of-life
  • Buddy program
  • Tax assistance

Would you like to find out more? Call us on +31 43 351 0070 or send your resume to teach@hrc-international.com

Eligibility requirements

At the time of initial application to the sponsor, the applicant must:

    Meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary levels in schools in his or her home country; is working as a teacher in his or her home country at the time of application; and has at least two years of full-time teaching experience;
    Is not working as a teacher in his or her home country at the time of application, but otherwise meets the qualifications for teaching at the primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary levels in schools in the home country; has had at least two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years; and, within 12 months of his or her application submission date for the program, has or will have completed an advanced degree (beyond a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) in education or in an academic subject matter that he or she intends to teach or that is directly related to his or her teaching subject field
  • Possesses, 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
  • Satisfies the teaching eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which he or she will teach (e.g., meets minimum educational requirements, has passed teacher training coursework at a sufficiently proficient level, has provided an evaluation of foreign teaching preparation coursework, has demonstrated the requisite prior teaching experience), to include any required criminal background or other checks;
  • Is of good reputation and character (evidenced by reference letters)
  • Possesses sufficient proficiency in the English language to function in U.S. classrooms and to function on a day-to-day basis

Fees, Taxes and other work-related deductions

HRC International fees

HRC international does not charge any upfront administration fees and no payments need to be made until you have been accepted in a teacher program by the host school.

Total fee is $1,820 which can be paid in installments* and includes:

  • Pre-departure orientation
  • J-1 visa fee [Form DS-2019] ($1,000)
  • Sevis fee ($220)
  • Insurance fee [extensive medical and third party liability insurance for 12 months] (12x$50)
  • Ongoing support before and during your program

* you are required to pay $1,270 upon hire and 11 months x $50 while in your program

The following is not included:

  • U.S. consulate appointment fee in your home country of $160
  • Foreign education evaluation document $50-$75
  • Criminal record (check your local authorities for fees)
  • Airfare $500-$1,000
  • Start-up capital $2,000-$2,500
  • Accommodation and utilities $800-$1,000 p/m
  • Food and transportation $200-$400
  • State licensing and state test (varies per state)
  • Program amendment fee $250
  • Travel validation (expedited) $50 ($100)
  • J-2 dependent visa fee $750
  • J-2 insurance fee $50
  • (optional) insurance verification fee (from $500)

Foreign or domestic third party or partner fees: 
In some cases, HRC receives recruitment assistance from placement agencies in other countries. If you choose to work with such a foreign or domestic third party, please be prepared to pay them a placement fee.
The fees can vary but should never exceed a few hundred dollars for local administrative support.  

Taxes and other work-related deductions
Most teachers end up paying approximately 16% of their monthly salary in taxes. The taxes that you are required to pay are Federal Taxes and State and City Income Taxes.
For additional information, please refer to the 1998 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Publication: 519. You may view this publication online at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p519/index.html  

No additional work-related deductions are expected to be withheld from your paycheck unless you have made other mutual agreements with your employer.


Bridge USA

Bridge USA is the brand identity for the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP)

It has been developed to create a professional brand for the private sector component of the EVP to effectively communicate its mission, program values, and global impact to stakeholders and audiences.

Since its establishment as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (The Fulbright-Hays Act), the EVP has served as a valuable and important diplomatic tool of U.S. foreign policy. Its mission – to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries – remains vital to U.S. national security and building people-to-people connections around the world.

BridgeUSA unifies ECA administered, private sector programs under one umbrella and brings the mission and global impact of our programs front and center in the name and creative tagline. The BridgeUSA moniker embodies ECA’s mission to build enduring bridges of friendship between people and nations. The tagline “Connecting global leaders, creating lasting impact” underscores the impact of the program: cultivating a network of global leaders that create lasting impact in their communities and our world.

BridgeUSA includes the following exchange programs: Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Trainee, Intern, College and University Student, Teacher, Secondary School Student, Specialist, Alien Physician, Camp Counselor, Au Pair, and Summer Work Travel.