Other Travel Opportunities
GEEO is proud to showcase the programs of other organizations that offer opportunities for teachers to travel. Many of these programs are free and we encourage teachers to see what the possibilities are. These programs have no affiliation with GEEO, so please contact them directly if you have any questions.
GEEO tries to serve as a clearing house of information for teachers who wish to travel internationally. If you know of other travel programs for teachers that are not featured on our website, please send us an email.
Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for summer learning experiences to pre K-12 teachers, empowering them to pursue their passions to then pique student engagement. Each fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it; and regardless of the destination or discipline, FFT Fellows return to classrooms inspired by their pursuit of ideas, terrains, and cultures and further equipped to transform student learning.
Many GEEO participants in the past have funded their GEEO program with a grant from FFT. In fact, Fund for Teacher's Executive Director sits on GEEO's Board of Advisors. Please click here to learn more about applying for a Fund For Teachers grant. If you want some tips on how to submit a strong application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you our advice.
You can also visit www.facebook.com/fundforteachers for teacher testimonials and photographs.
Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)
TOP aims to promote education about Modern Germany, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue between American and German classrooms, and to provide the opportunity for social studies educators to experience Germany in person. In order to accomplish these goals, TOP produces an array of K-12 teaching materials that have been "authored for Americans by Americans" and distributes these materials to social studies educators and professional development workshop leaders at no charge. Finally, TOP sends social studies educators to Germany every summer on all-expenses-paid study tours. The study tours are two weeks in length and focus on themes relating to the legacy of the Holocaust, German reunification, and European integration within the context of the German education and political systems, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and culture. Post-tour requirements include the writing of a Germany-themed unit and leading one professional development workshop.
TOP is a non-profit public/private partnership between the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. TOP is operated at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC.For information about TOP teaching materials and study tours, please visit www.goethe.de/top.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
IIE, an independent non-profit organization founded in 1919,is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year. Program participants are selected through a competitive, merit-based process.
For information about their Japan-US Teacher exchange, click here.
Travel costs for the teacher programs administered by IIE are paid for by the program sponsors, if you are selected to participate.
Earthwatch Institute’s Teach Earth Program
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit whose mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
The Teach Earth program is built upon the principle that every individual can contribute to a sustainable planet, regardless of scientific background or skill. Each year, Earthwatch selects talented K-12 U.S. teachers from all subject areas to work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world. From the edge of the Arctic to the coast of Maine, these teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Teachers return to the classroom with new perspectives and knowledge, invigorated and inspired to share the experience of real discovery with their students.
For more information and applications, visit http://earthwatch.org/education/teacher-fellowships/.
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
The program takes educators, in small groups of two or three, on an all-expenses paid voyage aboard the Lindblad Expeditions flagship National Geographic Explorer. Expeditions range from 10 days/8 nights to 17 days/15 nights, including travel time and pre-/post-trip stays on shore.
For more information and applications, visit http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/program/grosvenor-teacher-fellow/
IREX TGC Program
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States. The goal of TGC is to provide teachers with the skills and experience to promote global education in their classrooms and schools. TGC features an online course aimed at globalizing U.S. classrooms (CEU credits available), two Global Education Symposiums in Washington, DC, and international travel. Current countries of travel include Ghana, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Brazil, India, and Indonesia. Participants are selected through a national, open competition. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) administered by IREX.
Please see the program page on the IREX website for more information: http://www.irex.org/tgc/
Keizai Koho Fellowship Program
Since 1980, the Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) has sponsored a Fellowship tour to Japan for educators in the U.S. and Canada. The Fellowship allows teachers to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives. Highlights of the fellowship include visits to Japanese schools, major companies, and industrial facilities. In addition, sightseeing excursions are planned to allow the fellows to learn about Japanese culture and society.
Visit http://www.us-japan.org/jasp/KKC.htm to learn more.
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience. The program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year.
All seminars are in non-western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country. The program is geared towards those educators with little or no experience in the host country who demonstrate the need to develop and enhance their curriculum through short-term study and travel abroad.
For more information please visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.html
Ecology Project International (EPI)
Ecology Project International (EPI), a conservation & education non-profit, offers fellowships to teachers on their 8-day professional development opportunities geared toward high school and college-level educators interested in experiential education and conservation. All costs are covered by EPI save a $250 program fee and the participant's airfare to the program site.
Educators can review the programs' focus areas, watch a promo video, and submit an application via their website which can be found here. The application will close on September 1st.