Participate's multi-year cultural exchange program is designed to provide teachers with significant international experience and professional development. Our teachers average around four years in the U.S. with Participate sponsorship. 

Participate encourages teachers to plan to participate for as many years as possible. Minimum availability is two years and maximum length of stay allowed by the J-1 visa is five years. It has been our experience that both teachers and school districts report the greatest satisfaction with the exchange experience in the teacher’s second and third years, once the teacher has successfully completed his or her first year and adjusted to the new classroom and community.

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