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Exchange opportunities

Some fantastic exchange opportunities commencing January 2019 are available. An exchange is the direct swap of your position and your accommodation; your year away is counted as a year of service; your conditions remain the same; you are paid by your home employer (there is lots to claim on tax including airfares); your children may attend local schools (and pay no school fees); you will have the best time of your life!

Next year there is also the chance to go on a double teacher exchange. These are rare opportunities!

It could be an IEU/DET exchange also; these have been done in the past (i.e. one teacher works in a Catholic school and the other in a public school as long as both are Catholic!).

For more information on these exchanges or on the program itself, please call Helen Gregory on 8202 8900 or 1800 467 943 or email with expressions of interest.

Canada January 2019

Alliston Ontario – Kathy teaches English at Banting Memorial High School in Alliston. She has also taught History and Guidance and has excellent references. Kathy exchanged to southern NSW in 2006 and found the experience rewarding beyond belief; it was the best educational year of her career as an educator delivering programs and curriculum and also as a learner of the Australian education system and wants to return.

Kathy is married to Paul and they have grown up children. A lovely three bedroom home in Creemore is available for exchange.

Creemore is known for its many festivals, world-class restaurants, amenities not far from ski hills and cross country skiing. This charming village is a little town north of Collingwood nestled amongst the valley of the Mad and Noisy Rivers. The name many be familiar because of a certain beer, but there is much more to this town than its famous craft beer.

Voted as one of the ten prettiest towns in Canada, Creemore is a magnificent place to exchange to for a year. If you want to experience rural Ontario and not that far from cities like Toronto and Barrie, then this is for you!

Collingwood OntarioKaty teaches PE and Maths at Jean Vanier Catholic High School in Collingwood. She is Catholic and also qualified to teach Religion and there would be flexibility for the incoming teacher. Katy is married to Todd who is a Science/Biology teacher at a secondary school in Collingwood. They ideally would love a double exchange but would take a single. Kay and Todd have been on exchange before when their three boys were young; the whole family loved it and they stayed two years (both exchanges through the IEU)! The boys are now in post secondary education. A beautiful four bedroom home in Collingwood with a hot tub is available for exchange. Collingwood is a popular exchange destination (at least one exchange a year for the past six years); it is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains surround the town. Blue Mountain Ski Resort is the popular local ski hill but there are many private ski clubs as well. The city is the gateway to the Blue Mountain Ski Resort with lots of downhill and cross country trails.

Silverton Colorado – Paul teaches Technology; and is also a teacher of Science, Life Science, Environmental Science and Maths at Silverton Public School. There would be lots of flex for the incoming teacher. Silverton is a unique school in many ways; they travel to lots of other communities and states; field trips to other parts of Colorado and to the east and west coast of the US to explore their expedition topics.

Silverton is a small K-12 school in a remote mountain area; lots of snow and high altitude; stunningly beautiful all year round and a tourism economy. In the summer, a tourist train comes to town every day and a couple of thousand tourists roam the streets admiring the mountains and quaint Victorian Era architecture.


Paul is married with two boys who ski and climb and raft desert rivers and ride their bikes every day. Their lovely three bedroom home is on the Animas River and directly across the river is their own small town run ski area; you can watch people ski from their hot tub on their deck. Every child in Silverton automatically gets a ski pass to the ski mountain every year and all teachers ski every Friday and instruct if they can! Paul coaches climbing, soccer and skiing and is a member of the local Search and Rescue Team.


Teachers do not leave this school and many of them have been there for 15+ years. It has a state of the art gym and all teachers and spouses have 24 hours access to the facility.


Silverton is surrounded by ski mountains, national parks and native American heritage sites. A top 30 ‘Best Small Town for Winter Sports’! This is a top top exchange opportunity for the right person and family. What an experience! Look up


Toronto Ontario  Paul teaches Elementary Physical Education at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Toronto. He is qualified to teach up to Grade 9 and coaches many sports. Paul has just taken his cricket team to City Hall to meet the Mayor of Toronto and collect the Mayor’s Cup as the city championship team. The school is located in Bedford Park in Toronto which was recently named the best neighbourhood to live in Toronto and attracts children from families with the highest income in Canada. Look up and


Paul is single, Catholic and has a four bedroom/two bathroom home with oak floors, doors and trim available for exchange in Toronto, close to many live music venues, bars and restaurants. It has a front porch to sit on and watch the world go by. The incoming teacher needs to be a Catholic. This could be either a September 2018 or January 2019 start. Both work well!


Unionville Ontario– Rob teaches PE and Guidance at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville. He is well qualified and has excellent references. The assignment for the incoming teacher is PE and Health Grades 9-12 and any coaching or club involvement would be purely voluntary, however helping out with the ski club would allow you to ski for free! The school is the York Region’s only Sport and Healthy Active Living focus school and application criteria includes sport and level of competition as well as academic achievement. Rob is married with two children and has a lovely four bedroom home in Stouffville available for exchange, a great place to live with dozens of restaurants nearby. Rob began his teaching career in Australia working in the Northern Territory in remote Indigenous communities; they would love to visit Australia again for a year. A cabin on a lake about two hours from Stouffville where you can fish and canoe and kayak is on offer for the incoming exchange teacher! What an opportunity!


Primary teacher exchange: Canada January 2019

Ottawa Ontario - Jamie teaches Grade 5 French Immersion at Broadview Public School in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Students are 10 years old and have been taught in French for the majority of the school day since they were six years old. The school represents a rich diversity of families with three quarters of the school population enrolled in the French Immersion program. Jamie is married with three daughters and has a four bedroom home in Quebec available for exchange; just across the river from Ottawa. The home was built in 1930 by a Member of Parliament and is on two acres of land and includes an in ground swimming pool and a barn and horse stables. What a spot!

London Ontario - Eileen teaches French Immersion at St Anthony French Immersion Catholic School in London. Most subjects are taught in French (7-8 year old) and Religion and Family Life are taught in English. Eileen is also qualified to teach Grade 7 to Grade 12. The incoming teacher must be Catholic. Eileen is Catholic, plays the guitar at Mass every Sunday and has a four bedroom home available for exchange in Mount Brydges, a quiet bedroom community located 10 km from London. London is home to the University of Western Ontario and hosts many musical and artistic exhibits and festivals. Another great exchange destination!

Double teacher exchange: Canada January 2019

Fonthill (Niagra Falls) Ontario - Bernie is an Educational Resource Teacher qualified to teach Geography, Religion, PE, Special Education (at Lakeshore Catholic School in Port Colbourne. There is much flex here for the incoming teacher. Bernie is married to Megan who presently teaches Grade 2 at Holy Name Catholic Elementary School in Welland. They have two school aged daughters and have a four bedroom/four bathroom home with a swimming pool available for exchange. Fonthill is a beautiful quiet place with so many nearby town, quaint villages and cities to get to and enjoy; surrounded by ski hills, fruit orchards and walking trails. The incoming teachers must be Catholic. Top spot!

Georgetown (Mississauga) Ontario – Thomas teaches at St Clare School in Mississauga. He currently does library and planning time (K-8) for all subjects and is qualified to teach across all primary grades. There is flex regarding the planning time subjects. Thomas is married to Jennifer who teaches at St Daniel Combomi School in Brampton. She currently does library and planning time (K-8) for all subjects and is also qualified to teach across all primary grades. Again, the incoming exchange teacher will have the option of choosing which planning time subjects they are comfortable with. A three bedroom home is available for exchange in Georgetown; a town with 15 churches, hiking trails, skate parks, ice hockey rinks and 20 minutes from the Glen Eden ski and snowboard facility. The incoming teachers must be Catholic! Another top one!

New Brunswick - Nathan teaches at Meduxnekeag Consolidated School in Woodstock NB. He is currently teaching elementary Physical Education and is qualified to teach across a number of subjects, including Computing and Technology across all grades. The school is a new K-8 school where both English and French are taught. His wife Meg teaches at the same school and presently teaching Grade 1 French Immersion but is qualified to teach all primary subjects including French. Both Nathan and Meg are very sporty and coach sporting teams. They have three children and have the most beautiful country home available for exchange just out of Woodstock and on the Saint John River and not far from ski hills. Woodstock is on the border of USA and Maine is just 15 minutes away and Boston five hours away; look up

2 week exchange:
Alberta, Canada October 2019

Rhonda is a passionate Alberta kindergarten teacher seeking to job shadow with another female primary Australian educator for approximately 2 weeks in 2019. Rhonda and her family enjoy biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and trail running. 

She would be hosted by you for approximately 2 weeks in late July 2019 and then host you in her Alberta home and school during your October 2019 term break.

​​​​​Alberta, Canada October 2019

Jennifer is passionate about Early Childhood Education and would like to shadow a position that focuses on the younger students in a primary setting. Her school is home to a science alternative and inquiry program. She enjoys the outdoors, boating, and swimming.

She would be hosted by you for approximately 2 weeks in late July 2019 and then host you in her Alberta home and school during your October 2019 term break.

Alberta, Canada October 2019

Janice is a primary teacher at a rural school seekingto job shadow with another Australian educator for approximately 2 weeks in 2019, preferably to see how distance education unfolds elsewhere in a rural or remote setting. Janice enjoys travel, sports and spending time with her family, a busy life with 4 boys!

She would be hosted by you for approximately 2 weeks in late July and then host you in her Alberta home and school during your October 2019 term break.

For more information on these exchanges and on the program itself, please call Helen Gregory on 8202 8900 or 1800 467 943. You can download an application from the IEU’s website – (teacher exchange); or email with an expression of interest.