• Dual language
    (Spanish-English or Mandarin-English).
  • Elementary education.
  • World languages.
  • English as a second language (ESL).

Our Cultural Exchange, Splash and Passport Schools have full-time positions designed for outstanding international teachers who want to gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S. while helping to prepare students to be thoughtful global citizens.


  • Teaching or university degree in education.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Minimum two-year commitment.
  • Native fluency in target language (Spanish or Mandarin) for Splash programs.

Why VIF?

  • Full-time position.
  • A competitive salary, vacation and holidays.
  • Travel and orientation to the USA.
  • International credential evaluation and licensure.
  • Visa sponsorship for you and your family.
  • Health and life insurance.

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Learn more from our staff:

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Being in this program has changed my life. I am a better teacher and I have more tools in my backpack.
— María Oroña Queijo from Uruguay, third-grade teacher at Marvin B. Smith Elementary School in Burlington, N.C.

Our Schools

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Cultural Exchange Schools

Cultural Exchange Schools create bridges of mutual understanding and educational growth for U.S. school communities.

splash schools

Splash Schools promote academic achievement through enrichment, enabling students to excel in their core studies while becoming bilingual and culturally aware.

passport schools

Passport Schools foster authentic global learning through school-wide initiatives to promote project-based inquiry and student-led learning.

VIF provides support and ongoing training to aid our teachers in transitioning to North Carolina and Virginia schools and communities. All international teachers at Cultural Exchange, Splash and Passport Schools also join an online community of educators in the VIF learning center, where they have access to Global Gateway professional development and a robust library of curricular tools and classroom resources.

Application Process

Applying to VIF is a competitive process and the application may take several months to fully complete. Teachers accepted into our programs often wait one or two years before they move to the U.S.

Step 1: Review eligibility requirements

VIF teachers work exclusively in K-12 (elementary and secondary) U.S. schools, serving students aged 5-18. In order to qualify for a position with the program, you must be able to demonstrate a significant amount of recent experience with students at these age levels for which classroom teachers would be hired in the U.S.

Step 2: Register or apply online

If you are interested in teaching with VIF and meet all of the eligibility requirements, please complete the online registration form which includes questions about your experience, your country of residence and the subjects you teach. Based on the information that you provide, you may be asked via email to submit the online application. If invited to apply, we strongly recommend that you complete the application as soon as possible.

Please note that VIF receives many inquiries from teachers, but we have a limited number of positions that we can offer each year.

Step 3: Complete telephone interview

If your application is accepted, we will invite you to participate in a telephone interview to discuss your application and evaluate your compatibility with our program requirements. We will inform you of the outcome of your telephone interview in an email within one week.

Step 4: Submit required documents

After your successful telephone interview, VIF will then instruct you to prepare a series of documents to accompany your application. These documents, which include reference forms, official transcripts, a current criminal background check and several other items, will help us further determine your eligibility for the program.

Providing a complete application package as soon as possible improves the likelihood of obtaining a U.S. position for the next school year. You will be asked to submit these documents at a personal interview.

Step 5: Complete in-person interview

VIF hosts interviews in a variety of cities worldwide in order to meet with program applicants. This interview is an opportunity for you to meet with a VIF representative and share more information about why you would be a successful VIF teacher or trainee. We will inform you of the outcome of your personal interview in an email.

Step 6: Notification of program eligibility

After a successful personal interview and submission of all your documents, VIF will review your complete application package to ensure that you meet all VIF requirements and are eligible for any necessary U.S. teaching license and visa. If all criteria are met, VIF will begin looking for positions for you in our participating schools.

Step 7: Consider U.S. teaching positions

VIF will share your information with U.S. school districts that are interested in hiring international teachers. Your VIF Admissions Specialist will notify you if a school is interested in hiring you or speaking with you by phone about a teaching position.

Step 8: Accept offer!

Some U.S. schools begin to extend offers to teachers as early as March or April, but the majority of schools tend to hire most of their new teachers and trainees between May and August. Despite the fact that most schools begin the academic year at the end of August, remember that some schools continue to fill positions as late as September, based on student enrollment and school budgets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply through postal mail? I have limited Internet access.

VIF accepts online applications only. Email is our official means of communication, so all applicants must have regular Internet access and an email account.

Do I have to pay a fee to teach with VIF?

VIF does not charge fees to applicants at any time.

I previously submitted an application. How do I reapply?

If your application was submitted more than one year ago, you must submit a new application. Contact us via email to check on the status of applications and documents submitted within the past year.

I previously taught in a VIF program. How do I reapply?

We are always pleased to hear from former teachers who are interested in returning to the program. Because VIF participation requirements and regulations surrounding U.S. teaching licensure may have changed since your first tour with the program, you must reapply so that we can determine your eligibility at this time. Start your application.

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