Teach in Asia


    Info Session

  • When: Mon. Oct. 16, 2017 6pm – 8pm

  • Where: Crane House- Dining Room

Asia Institute - Crane House offers an excellent opportunity for American educators to visit Asia and provide crucial language and cross-cultural experiences for Asian teachers and students.

Seeking Candidates NOW, for a teaching experience you will not soon forget!
See below for application

Teach in Asia (TIA) Program

The Asia Institute - Crane House is looking for teachers with a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world to participate in a unique opportunity to visit Asia to providing English language instruction and cross-cultural experiences to Asian teachers and students. We are inviting you to join us this upcoming summer as part of the team!
Since 1988, AICH has sponsored a Teach in Asia program. In cooperation with Asian educational institutes, Crane House provides short-term, intensive conversational English training for Asian teachers and/or students at select Asian education host sites.

The main purposes of TIA:

  • Provide learning opportunities for Asian teachers and students to improve their English speaking and listening skills both inside and outside the classroom
  • Present creative techniques for language acquisition and practice
  • Promote better understanding between Asians and Americans
  • Inspire teachers and students to continue their interest in cross-cultural exchange
  • Provide an experience to American teachers that will inspire colleagues and students to expand their understanding and appreciation of Asia and Asian culture

As a native-speaker of English the TIA teacher conducts classes focused primarily on conversational English and American culture. Classes usually meet 5 days a week, mornings and afternoons, based on a schedule set by the host institutions. This intensive setting facilitates total immersion in the English language and instills confidence in students and teachers to use the language in the classroom and beyond. The TIA program duration is usually two to three weeks during the month of July.

Locations of Asian host institutions vary by country and program year. Recent sites in China include Fujian province, Jiujiang (Louisville’s Sister City), and Chengdu. Korean teaching site is Seoul.

Click HERE for an application

If you have questions or need more information please email Matthew Nichols at or call 502-635-2240.

Responsibilities and Costs:

The Asia Institute-Crane House and Chinese host institutions incur most other costs. Among the benefits provided to participants are:

  • Coordination of all travel arrangements(Flights, Visa processing, Site Coordination, Administrative oversight of TIA, etc.)
  • Asian travel arrangements and major Asian travel costs
  • Training sessions and teaching materials for all participants
  • Room and board, food, local day trips, and local transportation provided by the Asian teaching host site

Participating TIA teachers are required to attend an orientation in January, as well as monthly training sessions February – June.

Participants are required to maintain a high level of tact, cultural sensitivity, and professional standards in while working and living in Asia as part of the TIA program.

*Subsidies, provided by the Freeman Foundation, are available to participants who qualify.


Knowledge of an Asian language is NOT a requirement for application to TIA.

  • Individuals must be flexible and adaptable
  • Individuals must be able to effectively work as a team member
  • Individuals must have strong organizational and leadership capabilities
  • Individuals must be able to effectively convey new ideas through creative instruction
  • Classroom teaching experience in an academic setting is highly desirable, but documented non-classroom, non-academic instruction experience may be assessed as a substitute qualification
  • Individuals should be interested and appreciative of Asian cultures

Notification of acceptance into the TIA program will be made in early December. Placement at a teaching site is subject to final approval by the Asian teaching site host, and will be determined in the first part of the year.

For an Application
Applications for the 2017 program year are accepted until November 18, 2016.
Click HERE for an application
Please download, fill out, and submit with a cover letter to Matt Nichols at, or print out and mail to:
TIA Program
Crane House
1244 S. Third St.
Louisville, KY 40203

For additional questions, please email Matt Nichols at