Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Teacher Travel Abroad

For the past several years, MES outreach has organized short-term educational programs for K-12 educators to travel to the Middle East.  In addition to visiting sites under the guidance of an experienced, credentialled guide, groups are accompanied by an academic escort from the University of Texas who helps participants process the experience for their classrooms.

Spring Break in Moorish Spain

Teachers' Spring Break 2016
Moorish Spain (No time machine needed!)

Al-Andalus was an Islamic state that ignited Europe for centuries. Much of that land is now known as Spain. Discover the romance and intrigue for yourself on an 8-day comfort class tour that offers expert guidance but leaves plenty of free time to unravel the mysteries on your own. You'll explore Madrid's museums, walk Toledo's streets, and embrace Andalucia's Moorish spirit in converted mosques, Seville's cathedral and the Alhambra of Granada. From gypsy culture to flamenco passion, encounter a culture a thousand years in the making.

GEEO and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Texas, who will provide additional knowledge and help you process the experience for your classroom.

This program is open to educators and their guests, and is on sale until October 1, 2015!

For more information, detailed itinerary, and booking information, visit:

Previous destinations have included:

  • 2013: Heart of the Silk Route
  • 2012: Morocco
  • 2011: Egypt (cancelled)
  • 2010: Egypt
  • 2009: Turkey

Other programs:

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad. GEEO hopes to make America more outward-looking by helping teachers travel and then giving them an effective way to share these experiences in their classrooms. We have worked with GEEO on the spring break in Peru and Uzbekistan programs in 2013, and are planning additional future collaborations with them.

Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators
The Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators provides U.S. educators with fully-funded study visits to Korea. Sponsored entirely by the Korea Foundation, the workshop is designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Korea and the United States by inviting certain U.S. educators to visit Korea and then share their experiences with fellow Americans upon their return.

National Geographic Student Expeditions
Designed for high school students, these active, hands-on expeditions combine education and adventure with "on assignment" projects that allow students to focus on a particular area of interest—photography, writing, culture, or conservation. With dynamic group leaders and a visiting National Geographic expert, students will spend three weeks exploring fascinating places like Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, China, India, Belize, or Spain. 

Studies Abroad for Global Education
SAGE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing lives through educational travel.  We work directly with teachers to design an experience abroad that matches the curriculum and interests of your class.  Further your study of apartheid in the classroom by working with a South African nonprofit dedicated to promoting peace through live music.  Work with indigenous populations in Guatemala; volunteer at a fair trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic; or study globalization by visiting a call center in India. SAGE's extensive network of contacts and resources in each location allows us to offer custom-designed itineraries and cultural immersion experiences that meet the unique needs of each individual group.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, provides secondary-school teachers from Europe, Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. U.S. secondary teachers have the opportunity to take part in a two- week reciprocal visit to a participating TEA country where they will be hosted by a TEA fellow.  The US teachers’ program overseas combines opportunities to work with their foreign peers and learn about the host culture – lessons that they can use to promote mutual understanding in their US classroom.  Applications are usually due in late October for the following spring and summer. 


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