• International Teachers

    PPS is a sponsor of an Exchange Visitor Program. The purpose of the Exchange Visitor program is to provide International Teachers with opportunities to participate in education and cultural programs in the United States. Participating teachers are placed in a K-12 host school for 1-3 years and teach a wide range of subjects with a possibility of a 2-year extension. (PPS) Peoria Public Schools is a public school district in central Illinois. Peoria is progressive and caring community with a revitalized urban riverfront. With nearly 109,000 residents, Peoria’s increasing cultural diversity makes it a prime location for an Exchange Visitor Program. Some highlights of Peoria include its Fine Arts Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Specialty Boutiques, Symphony, Ballet, and Theatre.

    Our Goal: Our goal is to expose International Teachers to the Mid-Western United States and all that Peoria, Illinois has to offer. Our goal is also to expose the students of PPS to the unique cultural experiences of highly trained International Cultural Exchange Teachers.

    Our International Teacher Program: Through partnerships with our recruiting consultants, PPS recruits, screens, sponsors, and employs teachers on a J-1 visa for 3 academic years. Exchange Teachers apply, take an English proficiency test if needed, and interview with district officials and principals to participate.

    Benefits for Teachers

    • Are full PPS employees, entitled to all salary schedule placement.
    • Teaching positions, including duties, responsibilities, hours of employment, and compensation, are commensurate with those of similarly-situated U.S. teachers
    • Host culture activities in their PPS schools and enable partnerships with schools in their home country
    • Promote the interchange of U.S. and international teachers

    Benefits for Foreign Governments

    • Provide international professional development opportunities for educators
    • Build relationships with American administrators and communities of expatriates
    • Potential for post-to-post exchanges

    Current Partner Countries:

    • Philippines
    • Dominican Republic
    • Cameroon
    • Spain

    We currently can sponsor teachers who are natives and current residents of one of our partner countries. Please contact the HR Recruitment Department (hr_recruiter@psd150.org) with additional questions.

    More information about the J-1 visa issued through the United States government, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the J-1 visa website maintained by the US Department of State.

    A completed application includes the following:

    • Online Application
    • Signed PPS Terms and Conditions.
    • Payment of the Application Fee.
    • Successful English proficiency interview.
    • Submission of formal application and all required documents.

    FEES

    PPS’s does not charge the Exchange Visitor Program Fees. PPS permits its partner, We Dare To Teach (WDTT), to charge what is reasonable and compares to other Exchange Visitor Program Fees charged by other Sponsors. It is expected that no unreasonable hardship is to be placed on the Exchange Visitor and fees. PPS will provide 24/7 in-country support. There are several non-refundable fees associated with each step of the application process and other fees that are specific to each applicant which PPS and WDTT cannot control. See below for the full list of program pricing and services provided.


    Note: PPS does not charge nor receive any fee from the teacher, WDTT, or affiliates during this process.


    PROGRAM FEES

    • 1-Year Program Fee – $3,000 (Includes a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (Forfeited if candidate leaves program after the DS-2019 is issued and/or if Visa is denied)
    • 1-Year Extension Fee – $1,000
    • J-2 Dependent Fee – $750 one-time family application
    • Placement/Training/Mobilization/Monitoring/ Cultural Adaptation Cost - $1,500

     

    Application Processing Fees (non-refundable)

    • Application Fee – $500
    • S. Government Fees – SEVIS fee ($220), Visa Interview Fee ($160), and Program Extension Fee (Government Fee - $367).
    • Foreign Credential Evaluation Fee – $200 - $400 (speed of service)
    • Courier Fee – $75 per overseas shipment

     

    Program Fees include the following:

    • J-1 Visa Sponsorship (DS-2019 form)
    • Pre-Departure Virtual Orientation
    • 24/7 in-country support from WDTT
    • Placement with an approved and accredited PPS Host School
    • Third-Party Recruiter Fees - $1,200-$1,400 (Note: Third-party fees may vary based on participant’s home country. PPS’s partner, We Dare to Teach (WDTT), works with select affiliates throughout the world in the recruitment process. Teachers may incur a fee in their home country from these companies.)

     

    Program Fees do not include the following:

    • Government Fees
    • Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) Course Analysis
    • Airfare to and from the U.S.
    • Housing, transportation, meals, and personal expenses
    • Medical insurance coverage for first 90 days
    • Subsidized medical insurance premiums (for insurance plans offered through PPS as employer)

     

    Additional Expenses:

    • State Teaching License – $100-$200
    • DS-2019 Replacement – $75 shipping cost
    • Foreign Credential Evaluation – $200-$400 (speed of service)
    • Criminal Background Check – $50 - $150
    • 90-day medical insurance coverage upon arrival – $100-$200 monthly
    • Medical Insurance Plan (after 90 days) through PPS (as employer) – $50.44 - $225.95 Bi-Weekly, dependent upon plan selections.

     

    Additional information on available insurance plans can be found on PPS website:

    https://www.peoriapublicschools.org/Page/28796

     

    Type of Coverage

    Monthly Cost

    Annual Cost

    District Share

    Employee Share

    Payroll Deductions 26 Days

    Single TEEMA

    728.63

    8,743.56

    7,432.03

    1,311.53

    50.44

    Emp/Spouse TEESB

    1,530.12

    18,361.44

    15,607.22

    2,754.22

    105.93

    Emp/Children TEECB

    1,319.84

    15,838.08

    13,462.37

    2,375.71

    91.37

    Family TEFAB

    2,258.76

    27,105.12

    21,684.10

    5,421.02

    208.50

     

     Dental Insurance Plan – Delta Dental

    Type of Coverage

    Monthly Cost

    Annual Cost

    District

    Employee

    Payroll Deductions 26 Pays

    Single TDEM

    27.33

    327.96

    262.37

    65.59

    2.52

    Emp/Spouse

    54.65

    655.80

    524.64

    131.16

    5.04

    Emp/Children TEECB

    60.67

    748.04

    582.43

    145.61

    5.60

    Family TEFAB

    101.52

    1,218.24

    974.59

    243.65

    9.37

     

    Vision Insurance Plan – Delta Vision

    Type of Coverage

    Monthly Cost

    Annual Cost

    District

    Employee

    Payroll Deductions 26 Pays

    Single TVEM

    5.55

    66.60

     

    66.60

    2.56

    Emp/Spouse TVES

    10.83

    129.96

     

    129.96

    5.00

    Emp/Children TVEC

    12.11

    145.32

     

    145.32

    5.59

    Family

    17.50

    210.00

     

    210.00

    8.08

     

    Note: PPS medical insurance will include emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance, and exceeds the levels required of the Department of State for the full program length, after the first 90 days.   

     

    Expected Work-Related Salary Deductions for PPS

    Your salary is subject to Federal and State income taxes as well as Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) deductions.

     

    Work-Related Bi-Weekly Deductions (Single Employee):

    • Federal Income Tax: 10.64% of salary
    • State (Illinois) Income Tax: 4.96% of salary
    • Union dues (optional): $29.61
    • Medical Insurance: $50.44 - $225.95, dependent upon plan selections
    • FICA Deductions (this is charged after two calendar years): 7.65% of salary

     

    Work-Related Bi-Weekly Deductions (Married Employee):

    • Federal Income Tax: 6.26% of salary
    • State (Illinois) Income Tax: 4.94% of salary
    • Union dues (optional): $29.61
    • Medical Insurance: $50.44 - $225.95, dependent upon plan selections
    • FICA Deductions (this is charged after two calendar years): 7.65% of salary

     

    Other Estimated Expenses

    These estimated expenses are an example of the costs that Exchange Visitors may incur.

    Note: Costs may vary.

    • Estimate Food Costs – $250-$350
    • Estimated Housing Costs – $700-$1,200 for 2-bedroom apartment rental + $150-$300 utilities
    • Estimated Local Transportation Costs – $40 for monthly bus pass
    • Phone & Internet – $75 - $110
    • PPS does not charge any additional fees for participation.

     

     

    CANCELLATION PERIOD                                                              

    After Arrival in the United States: There are no refunds or credits of any fees made by partner or participant once the participant has arrived in the United States. Any exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

     

    Prior to Arrival in the United States: The Program Fee deposit of $1,000 will be forfeited if the candidate leaves the program after the DS-2019 is issued and/or if visa is denied.

     

     

    Contact:

    Chris Rohwedder

    HR Recruiter Peoria Public Schools

    309-672-6512

    hr_recruiter@psd150.org 

     

     

    Dr. Alexander Ikejiaku

    Associate Superintendent for Human Resources

    Department of Human Resources

    Peoria Public Schools

    309-672-6770

    alexander.ikejiaku@psd150.org