Teaching Traveling: Are you a teacher who wants to travel for free or very little money? Massachusetts teacher, Kim Young, has a GIANT list of amazing resources for you! Kim, tell us more about your background.
Kim: Traveling has often felt more natural to me than staying at home, and my first international experience was studying abroad in France in 5th grade. Teaching World History in Weston, Massachusetts for last twelve years has allowed me to infuse my passion for traveling into my curriculum through designing lesson plans to expand my students’ global competence. While I have organized student travel and exchange programs in the past, I travel primarily through grant-funded opportunities designed for teachers. Most recently I spent three months in the Palestinian Territories as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.
TT: Amazing! Tell us more about which programs helped you see the world, affordably.
K: Here is a list of different programs I’ve participated in for interested teachers (with most descriptions taken from the program websites):
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program – Read more about my experience in the Palestinian Territories at this website. This three-six month program bases participants at university-level schools of education. Participants take courses, lead master classes and seminars, visit local schools, collaborate with each other online and in person, and complete an inquiry project of their own design. This program is open to both U.S. and international teachers.
Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars – Early in my career, a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar to Mexico and Peru changed my teaching about the European conquest of the Americas. The program provides short-term summer study and travel seminars abroad for K-12 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. Locations vary year to year.
Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) – One of these group projects allowed me to spend four weeks in Jordan learning about culture, volunteering, and learning Arabic. This program provides short-term summer grants 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. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs. GPAs are normally sponsored by universities or resource centers and have varying goals and eligibility requirements. GPAs can be hard to locate, but are often announced in the IFLE newsletter.
Teacher for Global Classrooms (TGC) – This program gave me an amazing teaching immersion experience in Chennai, India. Formerly the ILEP program, this is a yearlong professional development opportunity for elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. It includes an 8-week online course, capstone project, symposium, and 2-3 week international field experience. International teachers should apply to the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program.