Iowa Visiting Teachers from Spain Program
The Iowa Visiting Teachers from Spain Program enables foreign teachers to have the opportunity to teach in an accredited primary or secondary school in the United States under a J1 Visa for up to three years, with a possible two-year extension.
This provides local school districts and nonpublic schools the opportunity to fill vacant Spanish and dual language teaching positions.
With this program, school systems from Iowa have the option of recruiting highly qualified Spanish educators for a period of up to three years and at the same time provide students, parents, and communities the opportunity to work with professionals from other countries.
The visiting teachers from Spain are certified Spanish language educators with at least three years of experience. As a J1 sponsor, local institutions are responsible for ensuring that exchange visitors and their host schools abide by the strict program rules and requirements established by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. Local school districts hire the visiting teachers in accordance with all other local policies in terms of salary scale, licensure, and local system requirements.
The Iowa Department of Education is now taking applications for 2018-19 from school districts that are interested in the possibility of hiring a teacher from Spain. For more information, visit the Visiting Teachers from Spain Program webpage or contact Mary Smith-Johnson at 515-242-6014 or Isbelia Arzola at 515-326-5962.