Teaching Traveling: It’s possible to travel the world while keeping one’s teaching job at home! Let’s learn from Ohio teacher, Jeremy Radey, about how he does it. Jeremy, tell us a bit about your background.
Jeremy: Hello! I am a full-time social studies teacher in Northeast Ohio. I am 29 and have been teaching for seven years. I am passionate about world travel and have used my time away from school to visit six continents and twenty six countries while trying to satisfy my unyielding wanderlust.
TT: Wow! Tell us more about your travels.
J: My most recent adventure was to Australia and New Zealand in June of 2015. After months of planning, my wife and I visited for four weeks and it was transformative. By renting a car and booking lodging with AirBnB we are able to fully immerse ourselves in the local culture and geography. Highlights include hiking the Tongariro Crossing, exploring glowworm caves, drinking absinthe in Sydney, trekking through Fiordland, and visiting the Hobbiton set from Lord of the Rings.
Additionally, this coming November I will be visiting the Middle East through the TEACH (Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony) program. I am incredibly excited as TEACH gives U.S. educators a chance to visit Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and gain insight into the culture, challenges, and opportunities experienced by local educators. Specifically, TEACH participants visit local schools, cultural sites, corporations, and embassies. The goal is for American and MENA educators to share best practices, dispel misconceptions, and produce students focused on solving global problems.
TT: Amazing. How did you find these travel opportunities?
J: Visiting Australia and New Zealand had been a goal of mine for years. I had always been fascinated to learn about the people and geography and am thrilled I was able to make that dream a reality. The trip was also a part of my dream to visit all seven continents before the age of forty. Just one more to go!
As for TEACH, I came across this program while building my website, GoTeachr.com. GoTeachr was created to help connect teachers to travel opportunities and save them time, money, and stress in the process (you can read more about it at the end of the article). As I learned more about the program I decided this was a tremendous opportunities for all teachers and one in which I needed to participate. (Those interested in applying can read more about TEACH here.