GEEO is trying to make travel as affordable as possible for educators, but understand that not every teacher will be able to afford our programs.
The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. For example if you are teacher in Minnesota you may be eligible for a $1000 grant towards your GEEO trip. Teachers from New Jersey can have their GEEO trip fully funded through an NJEA Hipp Foundation grant. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.
We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, www.fundforteachers.org. These grants can be used on GEEO trips. Please note, in the past only teachers from pre-selected districts would be elligible for this grant. Now any teacher in the US can apply for this grant!
Another option is the Hilton HHonors Teacher (TM) Treks Travel Grant competition. Please visit their website for more details: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Hilton-Teacher-Treks-Program. These grants can be used for GEEO trips. You could propose in the application that you will spend a few extra nights in a Hilton hotel in the start or end location of your GEEO trip.
GEEO is in no way connected or affiliated with Hilton, HHonors, or this competition, and has no role whatsoever in picking the winners.
We also recommend you consider these three pieces of advice:
• Begin early. Most teachers make the mistake of waiting until a few months before the trip to begin fundraising. Actually, the best time to begin collecting donations is before the trip is fully planned. The sooner fundraising begins, the sooner teachers will meet their goals. They are also less likely to fail due to lack of time and preparation.
• Use unique opportunities. Every teacher has a “niche” that he or she fills in the total education scheme of a community. Take advantage of the opportunities afforded by a unique outlook on the community and experiences that no one else has. Remember that any individual has a unique set of experiences and friends. Tap into those resources when trying to find a source of funding.
• Share information. Most civic groups are happy to have someone come and speak, and this can be a great opportunity to network and share needs. Do not be afraid to hand out letters or to contact those whose names are learned during these visits. As an example, one of our participants was able to fund their trip with us to Tunisia by offering to give a presentation about the experience when he returned. The mosque was excited to have a teacher from their community bringing knowledge about a predominantly Muslim country back into their classroom.
Good luck and let GEEO know if you have applied for a grant that you plan on using on one of our trips!
GEEO does not currently provide any grants for its programs and is in no way affiliated with the organizations and grantors listed above. The grant and funding descriptions provided on this webpage are for informational purposes only and shall in no way be deemed an offer, representation or warranty of GEEO.