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#1 Alex Ford

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:46 PM

Hi all!

My wife and I are both looking to broaden our educational experience through a teacher exchange to the USA/Canada. I am particularly interested in the American West (Colorado, Utah etc.) as this fits in with my own historical research interests as well. I am currently head of history and my wife teaches in a Primary school in Bradford. I am pretty flexible in that I could also teach other humanities or even maths at a push.

Does anyone have any good experiences to share of how to go about getting sorted on a Fullbright exchange? I have emailed them and they have suggested getting a couple to swap with (easier said than done I would have thought).Does anyone have any good hints and tips for finding partners? Of course, if you know anyone looking for an exchange, please point them in my direction!!


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:05 PM

Try getting in touch with some of the US teaching unions? e.g http://www.aft.org/
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#3 suzygudgeon

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:03 PM

Do it!!!!!!!!!!
Went with Fulbright for a year - best year of my life!
www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/

Any questions you have I'll be happy to answer

#4 Jim Belben

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

Ben Walsh is involved in a Transatlantic teacher programme with many American teachers - maybe one of them might be looking for such an exchange. See here for information about the programme in case you don't know of it already.

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#5 Alex Ford

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:50 PM

Thanks, some great suggestions there. Suzy, would be very interested to know how you got it all arranged and how receptive your head teacher was etc.
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#6 suzygudgeon

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:29 PM

I did it all through the Fulbright programme. Wrote off and applied and went through two rounds of interviews in London. They match you up with an exchange partner, you can give your preference as to where you want to be but they can't guarantee it. You then basically swap lives for a year. Head was very receptive as I sold it as a great international experience etc and it is quite prestigious so it looked good on school advertising etc. there was about 30 of us who went in 2005 and all had a great time. The Americans found it more difficult as they weren't used to tracing so many different kids and especially the primary school teachers as they had to teach all subjects. My best advice would be to talk to your head and see what they think and apply on line - you can always pull out if it doesn't feel right!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:33 PM

I should have said early the uk side of it is run by the British Council
http://www.britishco...ow-to-apply.htm

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

Thanks Suzy, sounds like a fantastic experience. The British Council have advised me to find partners abroad so it gives a better chance for Rachel and me to get placed together. Will have a look into some of these links and then have a chat with the head I think.
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