Steps to arrange a Partner or Education Group ExChange
Once initial contact has been made, the rest is up to you and your prospective partner.
1. Correspond with one another to see if duties are close enough for an ExChange to be possible. Work out timing, travel and accommodation for both elements of the ExChange.
2. Prepare a request listing the professional development opportunities and other benefits that the ExChange will provide both parties for review by employers.
3. Confirm the details of your proposed ExChange are still supported by employers.
4. Finalise details of the ExChange and obtain formal support letters from employers.
5. Send details back to the Sea ExChange coordinator for posting on the web site.
Begin the logistics of the ExChange
1. What time period will be involved? Since these ExChanges occur between Northern and Southern hemispheres the reversed seasons could be used to the advantage of the partners.
2. What work or visit schedule will be worked out between the partners?
3. What insurance coverage will be needed? (NMEA and MESA do NOT provide insurance).
4. What funding might be available to help with travel expenses or will it be paid out of pocket by each partner. What professional development funds are available to you.
5. Start to plan the post ExChange program. In other words, please don't see the reciprocal ExChange as the end of the program. Ideally this should be the start of a longer-term partnership between the host facilities.
Job ExChanges are longer term ExChanges that involve trading places and conducting each others job responsibilities for an agreed upon period of time, usually six months to one year. As teachers have access to International Teaching Fellowships and similar international job exchange schemes teacher exchanges are not included here.
Applying for a Job ExChange
Same procedure as above.
Issues to consider for a Job ExChange
- What time periods will be agreed upon for the job ExChange?
- Obtain letters of approval from employers.
- Work with partner to work out details of the ExChange. Will you trade houses or help locate apartments or other accommodation? Will you trade cars? What insurance considerations are there with this arrangements?
- How will you cover travel expenses? Check out possible sources of support but expect to foot the bill for your own travel expenses.
- How will you be paid by employers? Work out details with employers.
- What health care insurance will you need? Does your policy cover you while overseas?
Steps to arrange a Job ExChange
- Correspond with one another to see if duties are close enough that an exchange will be a possibility.
- Approach and gain the support of your employers to see if they will be supportive of an exchange. Obtain letters from employers supporting the ExChange.
- Prepare a request listing the professional development opportunities that the exchange will provide both parties for review by employers.