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Teaching in NYC

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by linnie080, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. linnie080

    linnie080 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I've been teaching science/biology from years 8-12 for the past four years in Perth, Western Australia and I'm trying to hit the international scene. My dream is to live and work in NYC but there's obviously some barriers (visas and finding work). Would anyone suggest to move over without a job and to just try and find a job over there or is that not wise?

    I've got a possible job lined up in London at the end of the year too, would that be better as a "stepping stone" to America or would that not matter?

    Any advice would be great!

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. hdavis7612

    hdavis7612 New commenter

    Are you a US passport or green card holder? If not I think you'll find it quite difficult to just move over and find a job. You will need a school to sponser you for a visa to work there. Otherwise you'd be entering on a tourist visa which gives you 60 days (I think) and no right to work. And I'm fairly certain if you told someone at immigration control you were coming to find work they'd put you on the next plane home. You could try looking for a job at one of the international schools. I've seen ads for them in here around November.
     
  3. linnie080

    linnie080 New commenter

    Thank you for that information. I've been trying to look at international schools too but haven't had much luck thus far.

    I guess I'll just to have to keep applying and hope that a school wants to interview me.
     
  4. stargirl577

    stargirl577 New commenter

    Have you seen the US J1 Visa program? It's basically like an exchange program for teachers. I think it lets you teach in the US for a couple of years. Might be something to help you get your foot in the door. Science teachers are in high demand, so I wouldn't think it would be that difficult to find a program or sponsor.
     
  5. linnie080

    linnie080 New commenter

    I've heard of the J1 Visa before but I don't think I looked properly into it. Upon further research it seems as though this could be a good opportunity for me. Thanks for pointing my in the right direction!
     
  6. linnie080

    linnie080 New commenter

    I've had a look now and there's quite a limited amount of companies that actually place teachers, quite a few sponsor but they require me to find the job first. Do you happen to know any companies that specialise in placing teachers as well as sponsoring them?

    Thanks!
     
  7. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    As I understand it, there are quite a few American teachers who do not have jobs at the moment. Therefore it might perhaps be the case that an American school, whether in New York or anywhere else, might be able to find more than enough American teachers to fill any vacancies. (Employing an American teacher might also be cheaper, as there would be no visa costs.) There is also the small matter of American teacher certification. In addition, quite a few states in the US have "closed shop" agreements with the teaching unions. Well, that is what my American colleagues have told me. I am just a Brit, so maybe I do not know what I am talking about.
     
  8. stargirl577

    stargirl577 New commenter

    I'm sorry, but I don't know of companies that specialize in placing/sponsoring teachers. Perhaps a web search could help you find one? I only know about the program because we had a science teacher at the middle school I taught at who did an exchange for two years. (Then she met and married an American and is still in the US...)
     
  9. stargirl577

    stargirl577 New commenter

    @the hippo I'm curious where you've heard this? It definitely depends on the field of speciality and the area. STEM teachers are in high demand, and in the US career changers are often being placed in the classroom. In fact, almost all of the science teachers at my high school are non-traditionally trained teachers. Also, there are many states that are having a very hard time keeping teachers and many are leaving the profession. However, the working conditions are also poor, so I'm not sure how attractive those states would be.

    Elementary teachers tend to be easier to find as well as social studies teachers. Once again, it's very regional though, and the US is a big country. There are definitely lots of opportunities out there. Of course the biggest hurdle is a visa/right to work.
     
  10. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Well, as I understand it, if you do not have a visa and / or the right to work, then it does not matter how many opportunities there may (or may not) be in the U. S. of A.
     

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