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Teacher Travel Abroad

Hemispheres actively promotes opportunities for K-12 educators to travel abroad to build their own background knowledge and gain invaluable experience overseas. 

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad and Group Projects Abroad

Fulbright Group in Mexico, 2006Since 2004, Hemispheres's component Centers have worked with the Fulbright-Hays educator programs in the U.S. Department of Education. Two programs bring U.S. educators abroad for short-term summer study programs and related projects.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad (SA) provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The University of Texas has organized the pre-departure orientation for numerous SA programs: Argentina-Peru, Bulgaria, Turkey-Cyprus in 2004; Ecuador in 2005; Brazil in 2007; India-Sri Lanka, Morocco, and Mexico-Peru in 2008; and Mexico and Turkey in 2009.

For more information on programs and how to apply for a Seminar Abroad, please visit Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Bilateral Projects.

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) provide grants to educational institutions to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Five seminars and curriculum development projects have been organized by Hemispheres's component Centers through the GPA program: LLILAS Outreach coordinated seminars in Brazil in 2010 and 2004 and Mexico in 2006, CMES outreach coordinated seminars in Turkey in 1990 and Egypt in 2005, and CREEES took a group to Siberia in 2013.

CMES Program in Turkey, 2009

Short-Term Teacher Travel

Fulbright-Hays programs require a minimum of 28 days of travel, which can be a substantial investment of time both for participants and organizers.  To meet the demand of educators who still want a quality experience abroad but cannot invest a month abroad, Hemispheres's centers sometimes offer shorter programs abroad that combine an academic approach with a short, intense travel experience.  

Teacher Spring Break

Hemispheres' constituent programs have conducted the following programs during Texas's spring break (usually the second full week in March), and during the summer. 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.

Other Teacher Travel Opportunities

The following programs are not sponsored by Hemispheres, but provide opportunities for teachers to travel abroad on a regular basis.  For more information, please visit the Web site of each program.

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.

Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) Study Tours
The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) sends Social Studies educators to Germany every summer on all-expense-paid two-week study tours, exposing them the government and education systems, large and small businesses, and various examples of culture. Upon completion of the study tour, educators return to the United States to write a unit of learning as well as conduct two in-service training workshops.

The Toyota International Teacher Program
Now in its tenth year, the Toyota International Teacher Program has funded almost 600 teachers on international professional development study visits to Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and Japan. 

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