Amity Institute facilitates two international exchange programs: The Exchange Teacher Program and the Educational Internship Program. In reciprocity to the USA-bound programs, Amity also arranges short-term teaching and teaching assistant opportunities abroad. For all participants, cross-cultural interaction creates an effective, dynamic learning environment.
The Educational Internship Program provides future educators from other countries the opportunity to gain teaching skills under the direct supervision of a certified teacher in an American classroom. In addition, interns serve as living models of language and share their culture at the primary and secondary school levels. They offer a native perspective on their language, culture and country, enabling students to better understand and appreciate the languages they study.
In its Exchange Teacher Program, Amity Institute sponsors international teachers to teach in American schools and provides opportunities for global educators to share their knowledge with students, schools and communities.
In 1962, Dr. Ernest and Emily Stowell of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, founded Amity Institute to meet the needs of American foreign language teachers and students for direct and personalized contact with world languages and cultures.
They also sought to involve young people from abroad in American education, family and community life. Several decades later, Amity Institute has broadened into exchange programs that work toward achieving the mission of building international friendship and cultural understanding through teaching exchange.
Since its inception, Amity programs have enabled thousands of people throughout the world to travel and enrich schools and communities as international educators. Today the Educational Internship Program arranges assignments for international students or recent graduates who are preparing for a career in the educational field. The program provides them with the opportunity to gain teaching experience under the direct supervision of a certified teacher. In addition, they share their language and culture with the school community.