Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 8, 2020

The Center for International Education, Inc., d/b/a Participate Learning, and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Participate Learning,” “our”, “us” or “we”) operate the website (the “Site”). We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully to learn what information we collect from you through the Site and how we use that information. This Privacy Policy also describes the choices available to you regarding the use of, your access to, and how to update and correct your personal information.


We (or our service providers) collect personal information that our Site users provide to us and traffic data that we (or our service providers) collect passively.

Information we collect from you:

Personal Information Generally: Personal information is information that identifies a specific user. When you engage in certain activities that we make available on the Site, such as applying to teach in our program, signing up for an email list, requesting information from us, or participating in a promotion like a sweepstakes, we may ask you to provide certain personal information. The information collected may vary depending upon the reason for collection and may include your name, physical address, email address, birth date, driver’s license number and teaching qualifications. We use this information to communicate with you, respond to your questions, provide information you request from us, and administer your account as well as for surveys, sweepstakes and other promotional events. While you can choose whether to engage in any such activity, if you do not provide personal information enabling us to contact you, you will be denied access to the activity. We may also use personal information to do all things necessary to administer the Site, as well as provide our products and services and manage, protect and improve them.

Email Lists and Newsletter Sign Up: To sign up for our email list or newsletters, we will ask you to provide you email address. Email messages we send in this regard will permit you to unsubscribe from future such messages. Once you unsubscribe, we will not send you any further promotional emails unless you specifically request that we do so later. Your option not to receive promotional material will not preclude us from corresponding with you, by email or otherwise, regarding your existing or past business relationships with us (e.g., any use of our services, or responses to requests for information you pose to us either through use of the Site or by other means), and will not preclude us from accessing and viewing your personal information in the course of maintaining and improving the Site, products, and services.

Requests for Additional Information:If you contact us to request additional information or submit comments, we will collect the information you submitted and may use it to respond to your request or inform you about program services and events. If you use our chat feature on the Site, we may collect any information you provide via text, attachments, GIFs or emojis. If you request information about school, professional development or cultural exchange teacher programs, the information we will ask you to provide includes: your full name, work email address, organization, district or school. You will also have the option to provide a phone number, a description of your role, and comments about how we can support you.

Online Instruction: If you are a parent or legal guardian of a student and book a lesson for your student on the Site, you will be linked to a third party website to arrange an appointment with a tutor for your student. Your name, email address, and telephone number along with the school district, school, and hobbies/interests of your student will be collected by that site subject to its privacy policy to book the service you requested. The information may be shared with us, the tutors, and your school district to arrange, monitor, and evaluate the tutoring services.

Applying to Teach in the USA through our Exchange Visitor Program: If you are a non-US national interested in applying to participate in our exchange visitor program for teachers, you will be required to submit detailed information including your full name, your country of permanent residence and your country of citizenship (including any secondary citizenship) and country of residence, your teaching history (e.g., what subject do you teach; whether you are currently teaching and how many years of full-time teaching experience you have, name of school, type of school, position type, title for each of the schools where you have worked), telephone number (home and mobile), email address, physical address, language(s) spoken (native and other fluency), driving experiences (e.g., whether you have a current driver license, the type of license you have, how often you drive a car, whether you have any traffic violations or parking offenses, the month and year your first driver license was issued), licenses and qualifications, educational information (e.g., whether you have a BA in Education or equivalent, school you attended, number of years in degree program, graduation date), professional experience and employment history, family information including marital status, names, ages, birth dates and criminal convictions of family members (spouse and children under 21), your own criminal history, information about previous travels and visas to the U.S., information about other countries in which you have resided, and other information that may be necessary for us to evaluate your qualifications to teach in the program and the eligibility of you and any accompanying family members to obtain the necessary visa(s).

Admissions Center: If you apply to Teach in the USA and are invited to access our admissions center, your name and email address will be required to create an account. Through our admissions center, you may be invited to schedule a telephone/Skype interview, schedule an in-person interview, submit a sample lesson plan and letter to parents of students, submit a personal video statement to prospective host schools or submit additional information and documentation in support of an application such as your home address, emergency contact information, parent names, university transcript and degrees, references, verifications of experience, driver’s license and police or criminal records clearance. The information is necessary to evaluate your qualifications to teach in the program and to determine the eligibility of you and any accompanying family members to obtain the necessary visa(s) and to administer your exchange visitor program should you become a participant.

Surveys and Other Communications: We may receive personal information when you provide it to us in response to surveys and other communications.

Job Applications: We may receive personal information when you apply for a job with us (whether you provide it via our Site or via LinkedIn). If you apply to a job with us through the Site, you will be required to create an account. Certain information is optional, but you will be required to provide your full name and email address in addition to creating a password. You will also be required to provide your phone number and address in order to submit your application. As part of the job application process, you will be asked to tell us about your work experience, education history, licenses and certifications, job and salary requirements, expected start date, whether you are authorized to work in the US or if you will require sponsorship for employment visa status and your interests in the position you are applying for. You may also submit information to us that would ordinarily be contained in a resume or CV. If you provide references, you agree that you have permission from the reference to provide us with such information and for us to contact the reference.

Surveys and Other Communications: We may receive personal information when you provide it to us in response to surveys and other communications.

Technical Information Collection: When you visit or interact with the Site, we (and our service providers) may use assorted technologies that automatically collect information about how the Site is accessed and used. We refer to this information as “traffic data.” Traffic data may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, device type used to access the Site (i.e., computer or mobile device), unique number assigned to identify such device, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and/or clickstream data.

We and our service providers use software to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movements around the Site, gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, and to serve advertising on the Site or manage our advertising on other websites. Users may be able to control the use of certain tracking software at the individual browser level.

Cookies: We use third-party service providers to collect usage analytics and to set and track cookies on our behalf. Cookies are pieces of information stored directly on the device you are using. We may use “cookies” and other technologies to enhance your online experience, provide additional Site functionality and to learn about how visitors navigate and use the Site. Cookies allow us to recognize your device and to collect information. The information that we may collect includes the name of the domain from which you access the Site and your activity within the Site. We collect this tracking data in an aggregate form to improve the Site but do not use this data to identify specific individuals. You can refuse to accept the cookies we use by adjusting your browser settings. However, if you do not accept these cookies, you may affect your use of the Site and the ability to access certain features of the Site. You can find out more about how to manage cookies here:

Our third party service providers may use cookies, web beacons or similar technologies in order to provide you advertising based on your browsing activities and interests. For example, we collaborate with Facebook and Twitter to encourage users to return to the Site and apply to our exchange visitor program. If you wish to opt out of interest-based advertising and are located in the US click here (or if located in the European Union click here). You can also adjust your settings in Facebook and Twitter or on your browser or device to limit interest-based advertising. Please note you will continue to receive generic ads.

Information Received From Third Parties
In addition to information we collect from you, we may receive information about you (including personal information) from third parties.

If you provide us with personal information of another individual, you will only do so with the permission of that other individual. For example, if you provide us with names and contact information of a referral contact, then you will have the appropriate permission from such person to provide us with that information.
Referral Program: The referral program allows current or former exchange visitor program teachers to provide us with the names and emails of other teachers, who may be interested in applying to become a participant. If you are referred to us in this manner, we will send you a one-time email inviting you to visit the Site to learn more about our programs and services. We will not email you again unless you request additional information from us or otherwise contact us afterward. We use the personal information collected through the referral only for the purpose of sending you this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program, unless you request additional information from us or otherwise contact us afterward.

Other Websites: Please also note that if you are on another website and you opt-in to receive information from us that website will forward to us your email address and other information about you so that we may contact you as requested.


In addition to the uses described above, we use the information we collect in the following ways:

  • To communicate with you and to respond to questions that you have raised with us.
  • To send you email notifications about our products and services.
  • To process teaching applications.
  • To process job applications.
  • To communicate with partner schools, organizations and districts.
  • To administer and enhance the operation of the Site and allow us to personalize content and advertising.
  • To troubleshoot and accomplish other administrative tasks.
  • To analyze our user base and usage trends.
  • To prevent and detect fraud.
  • To protect and enforce our legal rights.
  • To enforce our Site Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy, comply with applicable law and cooperate with law enforcement activities.



We will share your personal information with third parties as described in this Privacy Policy.

  • We may share your information, including personal information, with third-party service providers as needed to provide certain services. We may, for example, provide some of our services and products through third parties. These third-party service providers perform functions on our behalf, like sending out our administrative and promotional emails, advertising and marketing, website analytics, customer relationship management, website hosting, firewall protection, capturing information for job applications, gathering survey data about your visit to the Site, or providing customer service. We may share your personal and other information with such service providers as needed to fulfill their functions.
  • We may share your personal information if you are a teacher candidate who expresses an interest in our exchange visitor teacher program or submit an application to be considered for visa sponsorship in order to carry your request and administer your exchange visitor program if you become a participant in our program. We share such information with our service providers, the US government, potential host school districts and teacher licensure agencies to administer our program.
  • We reserve the right to transfer any information, including personal information, in the event all, or a portion, of our business or assets are sold or transferred, including in connection with a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of assets, reorganization or liquidation of our business.
  • We may share your personal information for our protection and the protection of others. We may share personal and non-personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law such as with a subpoena, bankruptcy proceed or similar legal process; enforce this Privacy Policy, our Site Terms of Service or other agreements; or protect the rights, property or safety of the Site, its users or others or when we have a good faith belief that the sharing conforms to legal requirements or is consistent with our duties and obligations as an exchange program sponsor to uphold the purpose and intent of the exchange visitor program regulations.
  • We may share your personal information with our customers (like a school system, for example) who have provided you professional development content or purchased access for you to professional development modules or other premium features or content of our service platform. This information may include but is not limited to reports or information regarding your completion of professional development modules or other details regarding your usage of our services platform. Normally, when a customer has purchased access to our services platform for you, we will create an account using your school email address. You may contact the customer to inquire about such reporting.
  • We may also share personal information submitted in other circumstances for which you have consented to the disclosure.



Unless your browser settings are configured to make your online activities and publicly available information about your online activities invisible to usage analytics tools, we do not presently have the capability to omit you from Site usage information we collect to the extent your browser only sends us a “do not track” message and does not otherwise screen you from tracking without any action on our part.

Third parties, other than our business partners and third-party service providers (such as our cookie server, and Facebook and Twitter, which serve ads for us), and our advertisers, do not have authorization from us to track which websites you visited prior and after visiting the Site. That said, we cannot control third-party tracking and there may be some third party tracking that occurs without our knowledge or consent.


We encourage you to promptly update your personal information if it changes. You may contact us using the contact information provided at the end of this Privacy Policy if you have any questions, or if you wish to update, correct or amend your personal information. Please note that we may not be able to correct or update your personal information previously provided to us by third parties. If you need to make changes to your account, to access and edit your personal information, visit your Admissions Center account at or contact us at [email protected].

The profile you create on the Site will be publicly accessible unless otherwise indicated on the Site. You may elect to include or delete certain profile information and you may also delete/deactivate your account by contacting us at [email protected]. If you believe that an unauthorized profile has been created about you, you can request for it to be deleted by contacting us at [email protected].


You can let us know that you do not wish to receive promotional emails from us when you open an account with us. In addition, you can opt-out of promotional emails at any time after you open an account by:

  1. Adjusting your Admissions Center account privacy preferences at
  2. Hitting the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of promotional emails.



We may make content or services from other sites available to you from links located on the Site. These other sites are not subject to this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you review the privacy policy at each such site you may choose to access to determine how that site protects your privacy.


Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information with respect to the types of personal information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information in the immediately preceding calendar year.

To access this information, write to:

Participate Learning c/o The Center for International Education, Inc. ATTN: Privacy Officer
201 Sage Road, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Please note that, under the law, we are not required to respond to your request more than once in a calendar year, nor are we required to respond to any requests that are not sent to the above-designated email or mailing address.


The Site is not intended for use by minors. If you are under the age of 18, or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence (if higher than 18), do not use the Site. We do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18, and no part of the Site is designed to attract anyone under the age of 18. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 18 in the United States we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. If you are a minor in your jurisdiction of residence, please do not submit any information to us.


We are headquartered in the United States. Personal information may be accessed by us or transferred to us in the United States or to our subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners, or service providers elsewhere in the world. If you are located outside of the United States, be advised that any information you provide to us through a Site will be transferred to and stored in the United States and that, by submitting information to us, you explicitly authorize its transfer and storage within the United States. We will protect the privacy and security of personal information collected through the Site according to this Privacy Policy regardless of where it is processed or stored. If you are in a jurisdiction outside of the United States and under the age of 18, or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence (if higher than 18), please do not use the Site or submit any information to us.


We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting the revised Privacy Policy in the “Privacy Policy” section of the Site and the revised Privacy Policy will go into effect once posted. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to review the Site and the Privacy Policy periodically to learn of any modifications. Your continued use of the Site after the posting of the revised Privacy Policy shall constitute your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we may (but are not required to) notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on the Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.


If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

[email protected]

Participate Learning
c/o The Center for International Education, Inc.
ATTN: Privacy Officer
201 Sage Road, Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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