IREX Program

Expand your horizons through travel. Here, Azerbaijan. Photo: Indigoprime/

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a bilateral exchange program that provides professional development opportunities for American secondary school teachers and educators from throughout the world.

In the spring and summer of 2011, 78 U.S. teachers will visit the TEA-eligible countries* for two weeks to work with international secondary school teachers.

Prior to the U.S. teachers’ visit, in spring or fall 2010, two cohorts of 75 international teachers each will take part in six-week professional development programs at U.S. colleges or universities. Their program will help them develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. American teachers will meet with educators from the country to which the American teacher will travel in 2011. 

The program is open to secondary-level teachers of ESL, English Language or Literature, Social Studies, Math, or Science.

The eligible exchange countries are: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Nicaragua, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine. 

Teachers meet with teachers from their chosen country of exchange during 2010 and travel to their country of choice in 2011.

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2009, 5:00 PM.

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