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Australian Exchange

OECTA members are invited to trade places for a year with a teacher in an Australian Catholic school as part of an exchange program organized by The Canadian Education Exchange Foundation (CEEF), a non-profit charitable organization that provides national and international exchange programs and services for students and educators.

The OECTA member will exchange his or her teaching position with a Catholic teacher in Australia for one year. Members will also trade residences or provide appropriate living accommodation for the incoming exchange partner. The OECTA member continues to be employed and paid by the home school board, and all benefits and seniority are retained.

Each Australian state has its own educational system; educators choose the state in which they wish to exchange. As well, there is a large private school system with whom we also work.

To register, contact Melanie Lindayen, Teacher Exchange Coordinator, via email at teachers@ceef.ca or phone at 705-739-7596.

Course Placement Opportunities

Arts/Music - New!
Canberra (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Canberra St Francis Xavier College

Teacher Profile

Damien teaches Visual Arts and Photography at St Francis Xavier College in Florey in the ACT. SFXC is a co-ed Catholic college with approximately 1200 students from Years 7-12. Damien is married to a fellow teacher and they have three children. Damien is Catholic and has a four bedroom home on the southside of Canberra available for exchange. It is close to shops, schools, sporting facilities and public transport. Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is a family friendly city and known for its green spaces, parks and nature reserves. It is 90 min drive to the South Coast with the best beaches in NSW and a two hour drive to the Snowy Mountains to ski at. Canberra is home to award winning wineries, world class mountain biking trails and has its own ice hockey and baseball teams! A visual beauty!


Nowra (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Nowra Evangelist Catholic High School

Teacher Profile

Michael teaches Music at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School in Nowra, on the south coast of NSW. This school has had 10 or so exchanges in the past. It is a Catholic co-ed school and one of the more prestigious schools in the area. Michael is Catholic, married with two boys and has a large modern house on a quite cul-de-sac with ocean and mountain views within a short walking distance to the best beaches, local schools, the train station and the town centre. The home is in Kiama, arguably one of the nicest sea side suburbs in Australia with a picturesque small village feel only two hours from Sydney and with a national airport only 20 minutes by train or car. Kiama is famous for its Blow Hole, a real tourist attraction!


Sydney (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Sydney St. Patrick’s College

Teacher Profile

Matthew teaches Music at St Patrick’s College in Sutherland (southern suburbs of Sydney). He is also a qualified History teacher. He is currently teaching Music to Grade 7 – 12 students and co-conducts the junior band at the school. The music department has a high level of support and the college band and ensemble program has multiple tutors that can help students learn their instruments. The exchange would give the incoming teacher the opportunity to be involved in the college band including the marching band. Matt has a partner and they have recently purchased a new two bedroom apartment in the inner suburbs of Sydney with a fabulous rooftop garden and bbq area which is exclusive to the apartments; it is located only minutes from the centre of Sydney and surrounded by many restaurants, pubs and cafes.


English/History - New!
Terranora (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Terranora (North Coast of NSW) Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

Teacher Profile

John teaches mostly English at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in Terranora, on the beautiful north coast of NSW. He has the support of his principal who also has participated in the exchange program as a teacher before. John is married with two daughters and has a lovely three bedroom home available for exchange across the road from the beach in Kingscliff. Kingscliff is a coastal town just south of Tweed Heads in the northern rivers region of NSW and is a beach community with great beaches and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and water sports.


Canberra - Marist College (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Canberra Marist College

Teacher Profile

Michael teaches at Marist College in Canberra, an all-boys school; it has had quite a few exchanges before. The school also is very strong with their sporting competitions and it has a real community sense about it, and parents are heavily involved in the extensive sporting and co-curricular offerings. Michael is Catholic, married with three children and has a four bedroom home available for exchange on top of the suburb of Weston with a truly fabulous view of the sunset over the Brindabella Ranges. Canberra is the capital city of Australia and even has an ice hockey team!


Canberra - Daramalan College (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Canberra Daramalan College

Teacher Profile

Matthew teaches English and History at Daramalan College, a Catholic independent school in North Canberra. The school has over 1400 students and 50 staff and is located on expansive grounds in Dickson. Matthew is young and recently married and has a one bedroom apartment available for exchange. Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city and home to numerous bars and nightclubs in the areas of Dickson, Kingston and the city. It is home to the National Folk Festival, the Royal Canberra Show and the Summernats car festival.


Design and Technology
REGION SCHOOL
Albury NSW Xavier Catholic High School 

Teacher Profile

Maggie teaches D & T (Textiles and Wood/Metal) at Xavier Catholic High School in Albury. She is single and there are lots of flexible opportunities for the incoming teacher and also with timing ie a mid year exchange would be acceptable. She has a lovely three bedroom home available for exchange in Albury. Albury is situated on the NSW/Victorian border; so Melbourne just down the highway and Sydney just up the highway.


Geography / Social Studies - New!
Perth WA
REGION SCHOOL
Perth WA Christian Brothers College Fremantle

Teacher Profile

Joel teaches Geography and Humanities at CBC, a Catholic boys school in Fremantle. Fremantle is the port at the mouth of the Swan River with lots of restaurants and night life. Joel is single and has a two bedroom apartment (with a gym and pool) in East Perth within walking distance to the city; the fastest growing city in Australia! He is the coach of the interschool tennis team.


Grafton (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Grafton McAuley Catholic College

Teacher Profile

Stuart teaches Social Studies at McAuley Catholic College in Grafton. McAuley is a co-ed Catholic school located near the Clarence River on the city side of the city of Grafton. The school has very modern facilities including a new stadium/weight room and a language centre. McAauley has had lots of exchanges in the past and this will be Stuart’s second exchange. He is married with three children and has an amazing three bedroom home located on 27 acres in a beautiful area of NSW with great views from the veranda and opportunities for bushwalking right outside the backdoor. It is also 45 minutes from some of the most spectacular beaches in Australia and is located on the majestic Clarence River and offers lots of sporting and cultural activities. Grafton is famous for its Jacaranda Festival.


Physical Education
REGION SCHOOL
Wagga Wagga NSW Kildare Catholic College

Teacher Profile

Andrew has three children and has a four bedroom home in Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region, famous for its many wineries and is not far from the Victorian border.


Physical Education/Religion - New!
Armidale
REGION SCHOOL
Armidale O’Connor Catholic College

Teacher Profile

Jenny teaches Religion and is also a PE teacher at O’Connor Catholic College, a wonderful high school in the rural town of Armidale. Armidale is approximately two hours inland from the coast and is situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Armidale is Australia’s highest city and an ideal base for exploring the natural attractions of the New England region. It has a World Heritage National Park and is well known as an education centre which boasts 16 schools, a Conservatorium of Music and the University of New England. Jenny is married to Damian, also an RE and PE teacher at the college and they have both done an exchange before as a double exchange and this time will either take a single or a double. They have four children, two live at home, and have a beautiful four bedroom home available for exchange. Armidale is awesome!


Primary - New!
Wyong (New!)
REGION SCHOOL
Wyong St. Cecilia’s Primary School

Teacher Profile

Karla is a primary teacher at St Cecilia’s Primary School in Wyong on the central coast of NSW (one hour from Sydney). She is a qualified K-6 teacher, has been the Religious Coordinator and is currently the Literacy Coordinator. Karla is also fluent in Spanish, is Catholic, married with one small daughter and has a two bedroom home available for exchange. The home is a 10 minute drive to Soldiers Beach and a 10 minute drive to the many available bushwalk tracks and a two minute drive to one of the coastal lagoons on the Central Coast. There are 41 beaches to explore on the Central Coast and six national parks to trek through.


Social Studies/English
REGION SCHOOL
Canberra ACT Marist College Pearce

Teacher Profile

Janine is married with three children and has a four bedroom home available in Canberra. There are no traffic jams in Canberra; it is 1 ½ hours to the coast to surf and 1 ½ hours to the Snowy Mountains to ski. This school has had lots of exchanges before and there is lots of flex for the incoming teacher.

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