Tempe educators! Enjoy an incredible professional growth opportunity with Tempe Sister Cities Educator Exchange
Tempe Sister Cities Educator Exchange program is a family living and active school teaching experience.
Our Educator Exchange program is dedicated to the development of professional, educational growth and understanding between the educators of Tempe and the educators of Regensburg, Germany, Zhenjiang, China or Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
The selected Tempe educators will live in the homes of Regensburg, Zhenjiang, or Lower Hutt educators, and interact with their students by teaching prepared lessons or leading class discussions.
When on exchange, our educators fully participate in scheduled activities and in family living experiences. This exchange is designed solely as a professional learning experience and is not designed to accommodate independent travel activities either before or after the exchange.
The exchange trip to all three participating countries will be held in June/July of each year, with exact dates to be determined based on the schedules of the participating exchange countries.
The chosen educators will have orientation meetings before the departure date, Tempe Sister Cities activities and events to attend, as well as having the opportunity to give talks about the exchange experience, and promote and support the exchange program.
Upon Return to Tempe
Participants in our educator exchange program all reciprocally host an exchange educator from Regensburg, Lower Hutt, or Zhenjiang upon their return to Tempe.
Planned events and activities are scheduled, and will promote a positive experience for the visiting educator in school and at home.
Educators may be asked to present their experiences to the Tempe Sister Cities Governing Board and to the faculty board of their school. They will also have opportunities to help plan and promote the program for the following year, and to participate in other Tempe Sister Cities events.
Costs of the Exchange
Air travel expenses are paid for by the Tempe Sister Cities Corporation.
Educators are expected to provide their own spending money.
The families in Regensburg, Zhenjiang, or Lower Hutt will provide room and board to the educators, who will then reciprocate and host the educators from those cities participating in the exchange in Tempe.
On becoming an exchange participant, educators are expected to join the Tempe Sister Cities Organization. A family membership costs $35.00, and is due upon selection.
Eligibility to Apply
Applicant must meet these requirements:
- Be a US citizen
- Be employed by an accredited school within Tempe city limits
- Have a minimum of three years teaching experience
- Continue their employment with their Tempe employer for the entire school year following the exchange
- Be a full-time educator
How to Apply
Applications are available in the Principal’s office of all TUHSD high schools, TD#3 and Kyrene elementary and middle schools and at the district office. Other schools located in Tempe will have the application in their front office.
Click here to download the TSC Educator Exchange Application.
For more information
Please contact our Tempe Sister Cities Educator Exchange coordinator with any questions you may have.
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