June 1, 1999
Release No. 024-99

CONTACT: Lois Herrmann
PHONE: (202) 619-4365

United States Information Agency - News Release


Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program invites applications from U.S. administrators and teachers at K-12 schools, two-year colleges, and universities who are interested in teaching abroad during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Applications will be distributed in late spring and must be postmarked no later than Oct. 15, 1999. Requests for applications, publicity material, and general information should be directed to Tiffany Swanson, Outreach Specialist, USIA Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Suite 320, Washington, D.C., 20024, telephone 1-800-726-0479.

These exchanges are administered by the USIA's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of the Fulbright Program, which promotes mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchange. Since the establishment of the Fulbright Program in 1946, over 225,000 Americans and citizens of other countries have participated.

Each year about 400 educators take part in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. U.S. and international exchange participants continue to be paid by their home institutions while exchanging classrooms, usually for one full academic year.

A limited number of semester and shorter-term exchanges, as well as one-way assignments, are also available. Participating countries for 2000-2001 include: Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

U.S. educators interested in participating in the Program must be U.S. citizens; have a full-time teaching position; be in at least the third year of full-time teaching (for teaching positions) or in the second year of full-time teaching (for summer seminar participation); and fluent in English. In some non-English speaking countries, demonstrated fluency in the appropriate language is required. U.S. administrators must also have a full-time administrative position and at least three years of administrative experience. All participants will be approved by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program is the only Fulbright Program with direct one-to-one exchanges. These exchanges offer a reciprocal advantage to participating institutions -- schools and communities gain the expertise and perspective of the visiting exchange teacher, and subsequently, share the global experiences of their returning faculty members. For the individual teacher, it is a unique professional development opportunity.

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