International exchange of ideas

The NSW/ACT IEU played host to a meeting of the National Committee for International and Interstate Teacher Exchange Coordinators in July.

NSW/ACT IEU Exchange Coordinator Helen Gregory joined her counterparts from Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia, to discuss the latest teacher exchange news.

Representatives from the Colorado International Teachers Exchange League, Canadian Education Exchange Foundation and Commonwealth Teachers Exchange Program (UK) and the Alberta Teachers Association were beamed in via teleconference.

Coordinators from the NSW Department of Education were represented too.

The group heard from Jason Hackworth from the US Consulate, who talked about visa issues, and Pauline Kessell from Teachers Mutual Bank, on financial arrangements for teachers while they are travelling.

“We like to support teachers as they spread their wings and travel overseas,” Pauline said.