Visiting International Teacher Program
Host Schools and Districts
Host schools and districts play a vital role in the teacher exchange program. The Delaware Department of Education collaborates with host schools and districts to strategically place visiting international teachers in Delaware schools across the state. Schools and districts interested in hosting visiting international teachers should reach out to the DOE via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of hosting a teacher.
The Visiting Teachers from Spain Program is intended to promote strong cross-cultural ties between the citizens of Delaware and the people of Spain and to provide an opportunity for Delaware students to learn Spanish from native speakers. Under this program, districts/schools in the state may request to host visiting international teachers from Spain to teach in elementary or middle school immersion programs or secondary world language programs for a period of up to three years. A two-year extension may be requested during the teacher’s third year should the district and teacher deem this to be mutually beneficial. Districts will provide these teachers with a salary commensurate with their degree and years of experience. The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in conjunction with the Embassy of Spain in the Uniterd States has created a document providing and overview of the program. Schools and districts interested in participating in the program should review the Visiting Teacher from Spain Program Guidelines to gain deeper insight into the program.
Potential Candidate Information
Candidates for these positions are pre-selected by the Spanish Ministry of Education and screened by Department of Education staff for either Spanish immersion or secondary Spanish world language positions. DOE staff forwards a limited number of candidates to participating school districts for the district to conduct final selection interviews via Skype for the position requested. All candidates will have taught for a minimum of three years in a Spanish school. Elementary candidates may have either a B.A. or a Master’s Degree and elementary certification. All candidates are certified to teach Spanish.
Host School/District Responsibilities
Participating schools and districts will:
- Provide a position appropriate for the VIT for at least one year
- Provide the VIT with salary and benefits equivalent to those of other full-time teachers
- Provide robust mentorship, coaching and additional support to aid in educator success
- Provide support to the VIT to identify housing, transportation and other basic needs before and upon arrival and throughout the VIT’s stay in the U.S.
Additional information about the state, district, and school roles and responsibilities can be found in the Visiting International Teacher Program Overview.