Ontario English Catholic Teachers

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.

Just read this beautiful and recent testimonial.


Kimberly Sturge
Teacher Exchange Coordinator
Phone: 705 739 7596

Course Placement Opportunities

Below are brief details of exciting exchange positions for teachers in Catholic and/or independent schools in NSW/ACT. This program is coordinated by the Independent Education Union of Australia (NSW/ACT Branch).

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.

Nowra St. John the Evangelist Catholic High School

Teacher Profile

Michael teaches Music at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School in Nowra, on the beautiful and untouched 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!

Kingscliff 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. John is Catholic and ideally would love an exchange as close as Ottawa as he could get.

Canberra Marist College in Canberra

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! There are six Canadian exchanges to Canberra this year and all love it!

Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour St. John Paul College

Teacher Profile

Wendy teaches English and History (and Religion) at St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour. St John Paul iis a co-ed Catholic school which offers students opportunities both academically and sporting, taking full advantage of the coastal setting with surfing, beach walking, kayaking and fishing for weekly sport sessions. Wendy is single, Catholic and had a three bedroom home close to the beach available for exchange. Coffs Harbour is a well know tourist destination that is famous for its beautiful beaches and the ‘Big Banana’. The incoming teacher need not be a Catholic.

Visual Arts
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!

Geography / Social Studies
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.