Join the many student teachers who have had this valuable experience! Read our Application Tips and then complete the STAGE Application online.
1. COMPLETE THE STAGE APPLICATION ONLINE
2. TWO REFERENCE LETTERS
You will need to submit 2 letters of reference with your application to STAGE (one academic and one personal). Your references should include one from a professor and one from someone else who knows you well and can speak to the leadership of an overseas school about your appropriateness (character, readiness, etc.) for an overseas placement.
3. AFTER YOU COMPLETE THE STAGE APPLICATION
Once you have completed your application, you will need to submit payment for the application to be processed. This is a fee of $425 (if paid by check to Interaction International, PO Box 706, Mineral Springs, NC 28108) or $440 (to pay by credit card click here) Your application cannot be processed until payment has been received. After March 15 and December 1, these rates increase by $50.
Submit applications and reference letters by emailing them to email@example.com (it is best if the application is in Word format)
You will be informed of the progress regarding your placement, when there is news to share. Feel free to communicate with your STAGE Campus Coordinator or with Interaction as questions arise about the status of your placement. Don’t be alarmed if it takes a number of months to secure a confirmation of placement. This is especially true of those applying for fall semester student teaching.
4. PLACEMENT INFORMATION
Flexibility by prospective student teachers in the placement process is essential. We welcome your interest in specific schools as do the overseas schools, and are delighted when a placement can be obtained for you at your school of primary interest. Nevertheless, the cross-cultural experience, as one of the primary benefits of the STAGE experience, remains of value regardless of the specific school or country of placement. Two practices emerge as a result of that value:
5. PRE-EXPERIENCE ORIENTATION
The Pre-Experience Orientation (PEO) is held twice each year (spring and fall—usually in September and April) and attendance at one of these is a required aspect of the STAGE experience. Unless there is a significant conflict, please plan to attend the PEO closest to your date of departure.
6. STAGE PLACEMENT COORDINATOR
The Interaction STAGE Placement Coordinator will keep you informed of progress on your placement. Once a placement has been obtained, the Coordinator will notify you (as well as your STAGE college/university rep) as soon as possible.
7. REFUND POLICY
If you choose to withdraw from the STAGE program at any point after application has been made, your cancellation or withdrawal must be made through the appointed STAGE supervisor on your college/university campus in order to be official, during the academic year as well as during summer breaks. Refunds must be requested in writing. The reimbursement guidelines are as follows:
a. CHECK OUT THE LIST
Review the list of schools where previous placements have been made. Please keep in mind that many of these schools are historic placements not recent ones. If you choose a school with a historic relationship with STAGE, we will attempt to contact that school and initiate placement. You may also request placement at schools not included in the STAGE listing of schools. However, since they are not familiar with STAGE, their responses and willingness to place student teachers may vary.
b. YOUR UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
Please check on the specific requirements that your institution has for overseas schools where placements are made for you. These may include whether the school is accredited, class size, supervision requirements, etc. If a specific school you are listing for possible placement does not fit the requirements established by your college, it will affect the possibility of your being placed there.
c. APPROVAL OF PLACEMENT
Be sure your college and parents approve of pursing a placement in that countries you are considering. Schools and parents may not approve of working in certain countries.
If you have any contacts/connections at a school where you are requesting placement, please let the Interaction International STAGE Placement Coordinator know. This will be helpful in securing a placement on your behalf.
Although STAGE will make the placement for the student in conjunction with their college/university, the decision about the student’s placement is ultimately the responsibility of the college/university.
e. APPLY ASAP!
Alliance Academy (Ecuador), Black Forest Academy (Germany), Faith Academy (Philippines), Morrison Academy (Taiwan), and Rift Valley Academy (Kenya) are among the frequently requested schools. If you intend to seek placement in one of the above schools, your application to STAGE should be made as early as possible. Winter/Spring placements are less likely to be available at these schools, but not impossible to obtain. Again, apply early! If you are interested in one of the above schools, list the school as your first choice and list only one of the above schools to maximize your chances.
f. POSSIBLE 2nd APPLICATION
Several of these schools also require the completion of a second application form. Some require completion of the school’s own form. Others require the student teacher to apply to a mission in order to student teach at that school. For example, schools associated with AIM and SIM require a letter of recommendation from a pastor.
g. SECULAR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
If you are applying for placement at a secular international school, the essay question regarding your educational perspectives and formative experiences will be submitted as part of your application rather than your Christian testimony. Please be sure to avoid terms connected with Christianity, the mission context, evangelism, and other terms that may cause the international school concern about you and your motives. Even if you do not think you will apply to a secular international school, fill in the page and use appropriate language. You may change your mind if other placements do not work out. Both the educational perspectives and the Christian background pages will be sent to international Christian schools.