International Opportunities

Have you ever considered sharing your teaching knowledge with other educators in another country? Are you interested in learning about other cultures and experiencing what life is like in other parts of the world? This section highlights some of the cross-cultural teaching opportunities available to Saskatchewan teachers.

Project Overseas 2019

Sponsored jointly by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation

Project Overseas is a volunteer experience sponsored jointly by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. Together, we seek English- and French-speaking Canadian teachers at the primary, elementary and secondary levels who are interested in volunteering to offer in-service in a wide range of subjects in countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean. Many current projects include special education, literacy acquisition, peace education and gender equality as well as the core subject areas of English, math, science and social studies within a child-centred methodology.

Over 50 Canadian teachers are chosen annually to volunteer on CTF’s Project Overseas. When on Project Overseas, Canadian teachers give their time and skills to offer professional development in-service programs in partnership with teacher organizations in developing countries. Teams of Canadian teachers are formed in January and sent overseas during July and August.

CTF application requirements:

  • Be a member of a provincial or territorial teacher organization that supports Project Overseas.
  • Hold a valid teacher’s certificate.
  • Have completed at least five years of teaching in Canada by July 2019.
  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Be in excellent health and able to work in developing country conditions.
  • Have high standards of professionalism and personal conduct.
  • Show evidence of flexibility, mature judgment, and a strong willingness to put the team and project needs above personal needs.
  • Hold a Canadian passport valid until at least July 2020 at the time of application (or provide proof that a passport application has been made).

STF selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience and success in working within diverse cultural contexts with consideration for gender, language, socio-economic status and religion.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in supporting teacher leadership and the enhancement of teacher efficacy.
  • An understanding of and practical experience with the principles of successful professional development for teachers including:
    • Facilitation of adult learning.
    • Broad range of instructional strategies and approaches.
    • Peer coaching.
    • Principled teacher supervision and evaluation.
    • Awareness of personal and professional flexibility.

Administrative, travel and living expenses are borne by the CTF and member provincial and territorial teachers’ organizations. No salaries or honoraria are paid to participants in Project Overseas and the costs associated with substitute teachers or release time during the placement are not covered.

Deadline for applications is Monday, November 5, 2018. Interviews will be held later in November.

To apply, send your cover letter, resumé, CTF application and STF supplemental application to:

Scott Burant
Managing Director, Member Services
2317 Arlington Avenue
Saskatoon SK S7J 2H8
mservices@stf.sk.ca
F: 306-374-1122
306-373-1660
1-800-667-7762 


Professional Development Program – India

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation participates in international programs as they benefit all teachers and students through the sharing of professional knowledge, skills and experiences. In 1995 a partnership was formed between the All India Primary Teachers’ Federation (AIPTF), the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation to develop a Professional Development Program for the primary teachers of India. These international relationships are developed and sustained through processes of collaboration and mutual respect between the participating organizations. The principle goal of the program has been to develop sustainable professional development opportunities necessary to increase the repertoire of instructional strategies for the 2.3 million members of the AIPTF.

In 2016 and 2017, the STF facilitation team travelled to Delhi and the states of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra.

To fulfil the goals of the program, the Federation is seeking STF members who have:

  • Demonstrated experience and success in working within diverse cultural contexts with consideration for gender, language, socio-economic status and religion.
  • An understanding of and practical experience with the principles of successful professional development for teachers including:
    • Elementary level teaching.
    • Experience in science and/or social studies is required.
    • Experience in English as an Additional Language is an asset.
    • A broad range of instructional strategies and approaches.
    • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation.

Selected participants must provide evidence of the following:

  • Facilitation of adult learning.
  • Personal and professional flexibility.
  • Peer coaching or learning-focused conversations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Participants must be able to commit to the following:

  • Obtaining permission from the school division to be released from teaching duties for approximately three weeks between August and December 21, 2018.
  • Attendance at (or previous completion of) the SPDU Facilitator Series, July 4-6, 2018.
  • Extensive resource development.
  • Travel to India for approximately two weeks between October and December 21, 2018.

The STF will ensure the participant has no loss of benefit during this period of board-approved leave.

The volunteers have been chosen for the 2018 schedule. Please check back for application opportunities as they become available.