Good evening! Long story short, I have recently went through the application and interview process for a company that places non-American teachers into North Carolina schools. This week I have found out I have been accepted into the more secured stages, and it's likely they will have a job for me for the 2019/20 school year. I was excited to spend a few years in the USA, develop new teaching skills and explore the country - the company I'm in talks with says everyone they've placed is loving it out there. Maybe that's the truth, maybe not. My worry is that after conducting a lot of research, I'm getting more and more concerned about the state of education in NC currently. Teachers are poorly paid but the demands are stressful and unrealistic. One teacher claims that she has been teaching for 10+ years and is barely getting by. As someone less experienced, I would be paid far less than her. Goodbye travelling during vacations. I'm not saying I'm turning down the opportunity, at least not yet, but I was hoping someone could help on one of two things: 1) Is NC as bad as my research suggests? Scotland is no picnic either, but at least at home I know the curriculum/am more financially secure. 2) I hear other states are less doom-and-gloom, but I'd probably have to source a job myself. Is it common for a US school to sponsor an application for a visa / J-1 visa? How could I go about finding a school open to this? I feel like most schools would find it easier hiring domestically than aiding a Brit like me, even if I were to foot the bill. 3) Any suggestions/info/etc would be greatly appreciated. I have made myself 'findable' on some of your typical job seeking websites, but I just doubt potential schools would give a non-American resume the time of day if it meant dealing with visa stuff. Thanks in advance for any help!