24 Teacher Travel Opportunities for Free or Super Cheap: A Great List!

Kim in Xian, China having fun!
Kim in Xian, China having fun!

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.

Interacting with school children in the Lake Volta region of Ghana.
Interacting with school children in the Lake Volta region of Ghana.

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.

In a Kayak with National Geographic!
In a Kayak with National Geographic!

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.

Earth Expeditions – Through this program I got to study Buddhism and Conservation in Thailand with educators from different disciplines. The program consists of seven-credit online-based learning courses (April-December), which include a two-week international field experience. Sponsored by University of Miami of Ohio, this program supports interdisciplinary global learning opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Can be done as individual courses or part of a Master’s degree program.

Kim at Machu Picchu in Peru.
Kim at Machu Picchu in Peru.

Global Competence Certificate – In addition to amazing coursework, this program immersed me in the history and culture of the Afro-Ecuadorian community through a study abroad experience. This is a 15-month online graduate level certificate program administered by Teachers College Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society. The program focuses on various aspects of teaching and learning as related to global competence and includes a two-week summer international field experience.

Turkish Cultural Foundation Study Tour – This program helped me to improve my teaching of the Ottoman Empire through the use of primary sources and hands-on artifacts. It is a program for middle and high school teachers combining in-person teacher professional workshops and a two-week field experience in Turkey. It is administered by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America. Seek our your local WACA for application information.

Korea Society Fellowships – This program greatly improved the presence of Korea in my World History curriculum. Spring, summer, and fall programs are offered of varying lengths and eligibility. The Korea Society aims to further develop the teaching of Korea in K-12 schools across the U.S, thereby enhancing the overall curricula. The Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for participants to develop a critical and engaging eye into modern day Korea while maintaining proper perspective on the nation’s rich history.

Visiting a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.
Visiting a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.

Primary Source – I traveled to Ghana and along China’s Silk Road with this amazing organization. Primary Source study tours are designed to deepen educators’ knowledge of the world so that they are better able to enhance cultural understanding in their classrooms and communities. Participants travel with other educators who share a passion for world history and cultural exchange.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes and Seminars – Through this program, I spent four weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. Both domestic and international opportunities have been offered in the past, but international funding for future programs is questionable.

Teaching a professional development workshop to Social Studies teachers in Chennai, India on 21st Century Learning.
Teaching a professional development workshop to Social Studies teachers in Chennai, India on 21st Century Learning.

While I haven’t participated in the following programs, they are ones I’ve heard of (again, most descriptions taken from program websites):

Fund for Teachers – Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

Japan-US Teacher Exchange Program for ESD – A fully-funded opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Educators’ Study Tour to Japan – Sponsored by the Japan Society, the Educators’ Study Tour to Japan offers educators nationwide the opportunity to travel to Japan for three weeks to experience Japan first hand and bring their experiences back to the class?room. The program is open to middle and high school classroom teachers, librarians and school administrators (principals, assistant principals and department chairs only).

Free travel is possible if you're a teacher! Check out this huge list of opportunities to see the world through grants, scholarships, and programs. Pictured: Fun with seals on a beach.
Fun with seals on a beach.

National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows – This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. 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.

Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship – The Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) sponsors a ten-day Fellowship to Japan in the summer 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.

Trying on Mayan wedding clothing.
Trying on Mayan wedding clothing.

Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program – Since 2002, TOP has sought to find the best and most qualified social studies educators and give them the opportunity to experience Modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person.

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia –After completing a NCTA seminar, alumni are eligible to participate in study tours. Here is an example study tour, and this is the newest summer field study in East Asia.

Earthwatch Education Fellowship – Fellowships are available for teachers who are passionate about teaching and interested in conservation, environmental sustainability, and lifelong learning.

Free travel is possible if you're a teacher! Check out this huge list of opportunities to see the world through grants, scholarships, and programs. Pictured: At Petra, the ancient city in Jordan.
At Petra, the ancient city in Jordan.

The Laurasian Institution – Various programs in China and Japan for students and teachers.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) – Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1300 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. GEEO’s trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

US-China Education Council (USCEC) – Traveling, teaching, and study opportunities in China.

Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies – Since 1984, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations has provided American professionals in academia, government, and business unparalleled educational experiences in the Arab world. The Fellowship projects its participants into the dynamics of Arab-U.S. relations and provides first-hand exposure to the region’s considerable cultural, economic, political, and social diversity pursuant to increased knowledge and understanding.

Jumping for joy as a National Geographic educator.
Jumping for joy as a National Geographic educator.

Global Learning Fellows – Global Learning Fellows are comprised of Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients, who are nominated by their NEA State Affiliate. In order for an educator to be considered for the program, the State Affiliate should complete this nomination.

Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars for Teachers – One-week academically rigorous seminars in American History. While most opportunities are domestic, seminars are occasionally offered in international locations.

Visiting a peer taught AIDS education class in Togo.
Visiting a peer taught AIDS education class in Togo.

TT: This is so useful. Tell us more about how you find travel opportunities.

K: I mostly find travel opportunities through subscriptions to various listservs. I recommend teachers sign up for the following listservs and newsletters – Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), Global Studies Outreach at Harvard, International and Foreign Language Education, Global Opportunities for Teachers, Middle East Outreach Council, Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Boston University African Studies Outreach Center.

TT: Love this! Do you have any last tips about funding travel?

K: One more possible source of funding is the National Council for Social Studies James M. Becker Award for Global Understanding. Supported by the Longview Foundation, this award comes with a $2,000 cash award.

There are SO many great options, so look around, apply, and go see the world!

TT: Thanks so much, Kim! What a treasure-trove of resources. Readers, what questions or comments do you have for this expert Teacher Traveler?

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130 thoughts on “24 Teacher Travel Opportunities for Free or Super Cheap: A Great List!”

  1. I am Ikponmwen Monday teaching biology in a remote area in Nigeria for the past 25 years. I want to teach abroad in this programme so as to acquire experience. please how do I start.

  2. Hello
    This is me Dilip Rijal, a Physics Teacher for 3 years in a community school in remote area of Nepal. I am keen enthusiastic to learn the different technique to teach the students from foreign places. But when i saw the web site which provides the learning opportunities in most advanced places of Europe or Africa as well as America I would like to drop this letter to let you know that if it is possible to provide me the short term course about how to achieve the learning system anywhere in this world, i would be glad and gratitude with you.
    Thank you

    • I am a Physics teacher in Singapore and i have the same desire as you to upgrade my teaching methods. Do you think it is possible for us to exchange classrooms for half a year?

  3. Thank you for sharing your amazing experiences! I’m not a teacher but I am an education assistant and I work with many students facing an array of challenges. I often share my own experiences with the students ( high school) of my own past personal worldly travels. I am often uplifting and encouraging kids fighting challenges and difficulties in life. I want them to learn and to gain further interest in learning about the world around them, as a way to empower themselves and reach further in their potentials. Would you know if education assistants can also partake in these beneficial travel grants?

  4. I loved this article! I have found it super helpful! I noticed that there are a lot of programs for social studies teachers, which is wonderful! I’m just curious if there are any programs for teachers that teach English as a Second Language?

    • FYI fund for teachers is any subject anything that works for your curriculum. It takes a ton of research but my coworker and I (she a librarian and me an eng and hist teacher) got $7300 to do a self created Holocaust tour that benefited both of us. They give up to 5k for an individual and 10k for a team and you can self design or join tours. It really is amazing.

      I also did the Turkey tour— my most life changing experience— but I do not believe they offer it at the moment. There were elementary, English, Art, ect on that tour. If the tour accepts non SS then do it! You can always find an angle for your discipline!

  5. hello,
    I have query regarding international conferences getting held for teachers. Presently , I am working as a College teacher in the department of Education. How can I get track of the events taking place across the globe? Besides, travelling and other miscellaneous matters gets a bit expensive to travel abroad. Is there is any site from where funds can be managed or applied for?
    Seeking help!

  6. Hi.
    My name is Pradip Phuyal.I am from Nepal.I have passed Master in busines administration fro TU.Recently I am working as lecturer and teach account management and tax Since from 2013.I am interested to join any iinternship,any workshop or training program or any exchange program in international platform to enhance my skill and knprogram.so if there is any provision of fullfunded program please let me kno about…

  7. Hello everybody!

    This is JABA SEN GUPTA from Bangladesh.I have been teaching Biology for last 18 years.Its really great opportunity for the secondary school teachers to travel and learn for free. I have a dream of visiting English abroad to learn more about teaching of Science/Biology. I would love to visit any place and learn for few weeks or months to help my students better.

    Thanking you
    Jaba Sen Gupta
    Senior Teacher
    Cantonment English School & College
    Chittagong Cantonment

  8. Hi, I am fitriah and I am from Indonesia. I am an english teacher in Senior High school of Surabaya, Indonesia. I need information how to join in this program for travelling free and teaching with the other country. I would like to share my culture, knowledge and arts of Indonesia. then I want to improve my english speaking with a native speaker. I am a hard working woman, and I am 44 years old.

    • Fitriah, that is a beautiful start to your application! Information like that is exactly what those giving the money and scholarships want to hear! You would be a great asset to the programs you apply to. My advice is that you decide on what sounds interesting or important to you and then choosing the program that fits you best. Another option that is out there is to do a program with HEN. This stands for the Holocaust Educators Network. They are a wonderful group that deeply impacted my teaching and helped my grow deeply for my passion for social justice. I hope that you keep trying even if you don’t get accepted at some. It happens to all of us! That’s why this is a wonderful website—it gives lots of choices and teachers can easily try again! :) I wish you the best…don’t give up!! :)

  9. Hello This is me Umesh Sedai, an English Teacher for 15 years in a community school from Nepal. I am keen enthusiastic to learn the language learning program in foreign places. But when i saw the web site which provides the learning opportunities in most advanced places of Europe or Africa as well as America I would like to drop this letter to let you know that if it is possible to provide me the short term course about how to achieve the learning system anywhere in this world, i would be glad and gratitude with you.
    Thanking you
    Umesh Sedai
    Janabikas Secondary, Kathmandu, Nepal

    • Umesh, good news…you don’t need a course to help you apply to these great programs! All you have to do is choose one of the programs that sound interesting to you and apply for it! Programs want to accept people who are willing to bravely share their story in the application process. They want applicants that have interesting backgrounds that will make their program more interesting and make this world a better place! Don’t be nervous about applying! Just do it. They might say yes to your application or they might say no to it. It’s okay if they say no…That happens to all of us! :) …but if you never apply, you will never even have a chance to hear the yes that you are hoping for. Good luck and happy travels!! (Be sure to look for deadline dates as you look at programs. All applications for this summer will be closed but maybe fall,winter, or next summer!

  10. Hi everyone,
    I am a teacher from Turkmenistan. I had been working at school for a pretty long time, teaching English as a foreign language to the Turkmen kids.
    And I really want to find any opportunity abroad to grow professionally.
    I read this great article and became more enthusiastic to get the chance even to volunteer as a teacher assistant or free short courses for teachers or smth like that somewhere in Europe during summer holidays.
    Dear authors, could you please give me a piece of advise where to look for the above mentioned stuff?
    Thank you very much in advance. I would be grateful for any tips.

    • Attach, great news!! Kim has already done the hard work of finding the programs we can apply to and sharing them with us! All you have to do now is find one that you are interested in and learn more about it! Plug it in to google search or look at the links above. Do not be afraid to try…that will be the main thing that keeps you from reaching your dreams to travel free/low cost as a teacher. If you are willing to share your story and grow and learn and make this world a better place, many programs would love to have you join the team!! Believe in the best and just keep trying!!

  11. hi
    i am an english teacher of nepal.
    I am english teacher of Nepal. I am teaching here in community secondary school.
    I am intrested to visit english community so that i can learn culture and exposure of English language.
    In this global era i think we should develop concept by understanding global theme and i am wandering an opportunity to visit so if any possibilty

  12. I am a maths science teacher in private school punjab.india..
    I am a activity teacher also..i organise functions in my school..i am intrested in cultural activities.i wana explore the world and travel abroad..

  13. Hi,
    I had one question about the Earth Expeditions. It says that financial aid is available. Did you receive funding from the university?

    Thanks, Jennie

    • Hi Jennie – Financial aid is built into the cost of the program. Meaning, programs are listed as costing much less than they actually do. Additional financial aid may be available, but I think it is through a more traditional student loan/work study program for students who are fully enrolled (vs. just trying one course). It has been 5+ plus years, however since I participated, however, so things may change. It is worth reaching out to the program directly.

  14. Dear Lillie,
    Thank you so much for this amazing blog of yours. Teachers like me must be feeling blessed to find such an exciting information. I am an English teacher who has been teaching the 12th grade for the past nine years. I love teaching and it has been my greatest passion ever. I always wanted to travel the world and explore exciting things which could enhance my teaching. Since I am from Bhutan, a very small country, do you think I can fulfill the criteria and my dreams of travelling? I would be obliged if you could feed me with some valuable information.I want to impact the society with what ever knowledge I have and learn at the same time.


  15. hi,
    this Dr. PrakashM. at present i m as principal of physical education college, i just want go abroad….can u suggest me to my dream come true…..

  16. Hi there!

    I’m a physics teacher with an MSC on special education. I m from Greece so I’m not eligible for most of the programs you suggested above. Could you help me or at least tell me where I could search.


  17. very useful information.I do have my penetrating desire to experience the opportunity to be a part of global teachin and learning experience.

    I am trained primary teacher with 20 years of experience from India, and never done any work outside India. Are there summer courses or travel courses for a week or two in USA or any other country i can attend?It’ll be great for me primarily, because I am living in a country composed of different cultures and I do believed that this opportunity will help me enhance my skills in teaching as well as widened my understanding this cultural pluralist environment.
    I am a licensed professional teacher and had experience in teaching. it will be my pleasure if you help me.

  18. Hi,
    I am from Nepal with 13 years teaching experience in computer science for higher secondary and college level. I also have done done several training for school level teaching and college level teaching. I also have TOEFL and IELTS-GT version certificate with expiry date. Now I wish to get participated and attachment with this portal.

    Please suggest me the idea.

  19. I am Tanzanian and have been working as a science teacher for the past five years, I am looking for career development opportunity on technology applying on the subject matter as well as cross culture teaching experience, hopeful to get a hand on this. Thank you in advance.

  20. I am a professional teacher and skillful teacher.I want to travel abroad to give something and to gain something after traveling there.

  21. I am Ajayi Z. Oluwasina by name , i want to travei abroad to teach .How would i go about it ?. I have 10years experience in teaching of biology and chemistry.

  22. I do have my penetrating desire to experience this opportunity which is the “free teacher travel opportunity” if given the chance to be part of this, will be a great honor on my for me primarily, because I am living here in the philippines which is a country composed of different cultures and I do believed that this opportunity will help me enhance my skills in teaching as well as widened my understanding this cultural pluralist environment of the Philippines . If given the privilege, i will do the best thing that I can do to help educating young age to implant in there heart and mind the sense of humanhood and patriotism.

    I am a licensed professional teacher and had experience in teaching. it will be my pleasure if you help me realized this.

    Thank you and God bless

  23. I’ve been working in govt .school in Nepal as a teacher for 10 years and as a principal for past 27 years .I would love to travelling teaching .I have been inspired by your post .could this organisation help me ?

  24. Hi! I am an educational college teacher where teachers are trained and skilled for teaching learning process. I want to enhance my capacity building in having modern ways and methods of teaching, exchanging cultural norms and values and ideas sharing regarding education system if I could get a change in any foreign country in this summer vacation immediately. How could it be started free of cost?

    • Hi Nazir,
      Grant cycles typically run a year or more before actual travel/participation, so I do not know of any opportunities that are fully funded on such a short timeline. If you are willing to start planning ahead to next summer, start at the US State Departments website http://tinyurl.com/teachertravel with your home country in the search box. Given your described interest, I think the Distinguished Award in Teaching (Fulbright) may be a good fit.

      • Hello Sir
        I’m Deepa singh p.hd nd B. ed and lecturer in India want to joint teaching in outside also kindly help me to grabbed the opportunity at outside India.

  25. Dear Sir,
    I’m a teacher with 7 years experience of teaching science in Ghana in high school. I want to have a teaching travelling opportunity with your assistance
    Please reply me with how we can make this possible.


  26. Another great free opportunity is a program in Spain where English speakers volunteer in a remote Spanish village for 8 days, “teaching” English to Spanish professionals. These Spaniards already have a command of English and simply want an immersion experience in English where they can practice with Anglos from all around the world. Since it’s English immersion, no Spanish is allowed. English volunteers simply need to get themselves to Madrid- after that, all expenses (great lodging, great meals, etc) are taken care of. I’ve done the program three times, and loved it each time. This summer, I’ll do their reverse program, where I’m immersed in Spanish (this one is a paid program as I’m the student). The company, Diverbo, is 100% legit and extremely reputable. Go to diverbo.com for details! They run programs all year, so if you’re a traveling teacher, no worries about having to do it in the summer. Also, they have a program in the Black Forest of Germany. Check it out!

  27. Good Day , I love your posts. I am montessori trained from Nigeria, and never done any work outside Nigeria. Are there summer courses or travel courses for a week or two inUSA i can attend? Thank you.

  28. Hello! I have been reading up on your posts and all of the comments from teachers around the world and it is all grabbing my attention! I am a 21 year old student teaching preschool in the US but going to school for elementary education. I don’t have the elementary education experience yet like most people who have commented looking for opportunities but I’m just trying to see if you could help point me in the right direction! I am not sure when or where I would like to go, but I am so interested in doing a volunteer opportunity out of the country that could give me field experience in teaching and help me begin my career! I would love to assist and teach children in another country and learn all about the culture of that area and more. Are there ANY volunteer opportunities for a beginner like me? Any programs that I could apply for while I’m on my way towards my bachelors degree? Any tips would be appreciated!!

  29. Hi

    I am primary teacher in international school in INDIA ,wants to teach abroad too. i have total of 8 years of experience in teaching. So,how to go about it.


  30. Hi Kim,

    I’m a first grade teacher and I was interested in summer traveling to help advance my classroom. Can you please refer some opportunities that you are aware of? I’m only interested in travel for a week or two.


  31. Hi!
    I am a secondary Math teacher and would love to travel and see what is going on in classrooms around the world. I have a Masters in Math Curriculum/Instruction, but I am tasked with picking up a few extra graduate credits this summer. Do you know of any organizations that combine travel opportunities along with graduate credits?

    • Earth Expeditions offers ~7 graduate credits from Miami University of Ohio for one of their travel/study programs.

      What I’ve also done in the past is once I am accepted to a program, I reach out to a local public university to create a proposal for an independent study for 1-3 credits.

      The Global Competency Certificate also issues CEUs for their program.

  32. Hello I am Md Humayun Kabir a government primary school teacher of Bangladesh. I want to achieve experience in abroad to better teaching practices for my classrooms. Have any opportunities for me? If there have any opportunities for me kindly please suggest me. Thanks.

  33. I live in India but have a Graduation in Civil Engineering from Anna University. I also have experience in teaching and working with children in India. I would like to work/teach children in outside . . Is there any program that will help me with this?
    I would like to be there for at least one month during my vacation.
    please help me and send email soon.

    • Hi Mohana –
      Given your STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) expertise it would be worth looking to see if there are new opportunities through the US government at http://tinyurl.com/teachertravel. This program also might be looking in to – https://www.irex.org/project/world-smarts-stem-challenge – its not travel directly, but it could lead you to something else. My other thoughts, especially if you are interested in working with students outdoors, would be to reach out to summer camps in an area you want to travel. Camps often hire international staff. I don’t have suggestions on any specific camps – I think an internet search based on an area you are interested in would be the best place to start. Then network with former staff through social media, linkedin, etc. to find out what the camp is looking for when hiring. Private schools (in the United States) also run summer programs — they would probably be more STEM orientated vs. outdoor education.

  34. Hello Kim,

    I am a K-12 Physical Education/Health teacher. I am looking for a teaching abroad experience that will focus on culture, fitness, and education. Is there anything out there that you know of? I did my student teaching in the UK, and would like to learn and expand my knowledge once again! I am also highly certified in History/Social Studies , so I am open to other programs that are geared towards that curriculum also. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Morgan –
      Many of the programs listed above are open to both physical education and social studies teachers. I think they would be worth clicking to see if anything seems interesting — some involve teaching, but most are more curriculum development. The Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching includes teaching and designing your own inquiry project. That is the only program above that you could cater to focus on your interests in culture, fitness, and education. I’m not any more familiar than a google search with opportunities for teaching abroad. I know there are some other great articles through this blog on teaching abroad. From my circle of teaching friends, many have had great luck going to teach in the UAE for long or short term time periods.

  35. Hi Kim! Just stumbled upon this! Some great leads as I am researching possible ways to travel. My brother in law also teaches in Weston too- at the middle school! Small world! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  36. Hi,
    I live in Nepal but have a Masters in Mathematics from Tribhuvan University. I also have experience in teaching and working with children in Nepal. I would like to work/teach children in outside of Nepa l i.e china ,Japan , Dubai , Brunei etc. . Is there any program that will help me with this?
    I would like to be there for at least one month during my vacation.
    please help me and send email soon.

    • Hi Mahenddra –
      While most of the programs I know of are for US teachers, it may be worth asking the programs if they would accept a teacher from Nepal, or they may be able to connect you with a program that would.
      China – http://www.sabeh.org/
      I don’t know of any Dubai programs specifically, but that has been where many friends of mine have gone. I think this would be a good area to prioritize looking.
      Good luck! Nepal has been on my list of places I want to visit for over ten years!

  37. Dear Kim
    Amazing and useful information in your post. Do keep posting.

    Can you give me some information related to travelling in India.


    Kesar Patel

  38. Hi readers,

    As this post keeps growing in hits/readers, I thought I’d share some additions to the list I’ve come across over the last year or so.

    Spaceward Bound (NASA) – Field expeditions for pre-service and in-service teachers. Teachers join world-renowned planetary scientists to live and work at remote and isolated Moon/Mars analog research sites.  Authentic fieldwork is designed for educators so they can bring that experience back to their classrooms and assist in the development of curriculum related to human exploration of remote and extreme environments.

    NOAA Teacher at Sea Program – 2-4 week cruise focused on giving teachers clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increased environmental literacy through an interdisciplinary research experience.

    PolarTREC Expeditions – Allows for teacher participation in real polar research activities in order to improve their science content knowledge and understanding of scientific inquiry. Participants are active members of research teams.

    Also, two new resources for finding new opportunities – join the “Scholarships, Grants and Summer Institutes” Facebook group and World Affairs Council of American (WACA ) Weekly Update.

  39. Hi Kim! I am not sure if you are still responding to comments on here, but I would like to know if you are aware of opportunities/resource leads for teachers who are CITIZENS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. I have a friend who is a teacher and a Mexican citizen. Thank you!


  40. Greetings, A group of us , each with either a Masters in Language, Mexican History, Sustainable Tourism and Teaching are looking to start a summer abroad program for educators. What advice/where do you have or similar programs that we could research We are currently in Mexico City and can reach broadly across the country.

  41. I have done Master Degree in Major English form an Uni based in kathmandu and would like to support some peoples if i got chance . any idea would be appreciated . i like to work in Africa if possible or south America .

  42. H Kim thank you for sharing your experiences and the karma you are sending out to create awareness …that can only come from goodness of your selfless heart :)

    Do you know of any programs out there meant for Early Years teachers aside from K grade level? Thanks a,

    • Hi Joanie –
      Sorry for the slow reply – but I was hoping I might come across something as “grant season” opened up October – December. Unfortunately, I do not know of any programs focused on the early years. If I ever come across some, I will post here :)

  43. Hi Kim! I just stumbled across this and was like ” I know her.” You were the perfect person to write this. You had a wealth of knowledge when we talked in Thailand. Thanks for all the ideas. I’m starting to think about Summer 2017. Hope all is well!

  44. Hello, I am a science teacher from Ghana , I would be happy to attend fully funded teaching and learning seminars to better my lesson plan for the benefit of my students. Can you be of help?

  45. Hi Kim,
    I am a teacher in CA (middle school) but have taught all grades. I would love to live overseas this summer and teach part time – perhaps be part of a program that sponsors teachers. I am interested in any country, Although, I would love to be in Europe. I speak Spanish. I am very interested in Scandinavian schools. I was in the Peace Corps so I very flexible.

    I can teach writing to anyone in any language and I combine mindfulness and art. Also, I am open to 6 month – year long programs…teaching abroad….exchange programs….anything really! I did the Japan Fullbright – 4 weeks during the school year…that was fun.. something like that is great too.. Have I said enough?!

  46. Hello followers of this thread (especially teachers from Mexico, Morocco, Finland, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Botswana, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, and New Zealand)! The deadline to submit applications for next year’s Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program is fast approaching. This is a great way for international teachers to travel and learn. For more info:


  47. Hi Lillie,

    This is Anil kumar from India. I have 3 years of teaching experience in biology and science subjects. I am non-native speaker, but I want to go abroad for teaching. Is any opportunity is there for Indian teacher? Give some guidance. Please !

  48. Hello there!
    Its really great idea for the teachers to travel and learn for free. Well I too have humble dream of visiting English native speaker school to learn more about teaching of English. I would love to visit any place and learn for few weeks or months to help my students better.
    Thank you

    • Dear All there,
      I am a science teacher working in India for last 5 years. I am interested in joining some internship , training program on education and technology. I am interested to teach for exchange programs in U.S ,U.K . If possible than let me know.

  49. Hi,
    I live in the US but have a Masters in Psychology from an Indian University. I also have experience in teaching and working with children in India. I would like to work/teach children in rural areas of India. Is there any programme that will help me with this? To travel from the US to India?
    I would like to be there for atleast 3 months.

  50. I am planning to teach research to nursing students in Uganda in January 2017. Nursing students there have not been exposed to nursing research and are not familiar with evidence based practice. Where can I look for funding for this project?
    Thank you for your interest,
    Cheryl A. Fuller, PhD, CRNP

    • Hi Cheryl –
      Have you reached out to local service organizations? I’ve had success in the past with local chapters of Rotary International (and similar minded organizations) or local unions/professional organizations. A Ugandan restaurant in the area? The funding support is often small, but the combined impact of a couple of small donations can sometimes help. I often then present at the organizations once I return, leading to further networking connections.

  51. Hi I am a school teacher as well as block resource person in dept. of education in India, would love to go work overseas for culture exchange and ideas sharing. How do I get started?

  52. Hi! This is awesome info! I’m looking to take advantage of these opportunities. I student taught abroad when I was at Miami University (of Ohio). I think the above article says University of Miami of Ohio. It’s something we get too hung up over! :)

  53. Lillie and Kim what an amazing read! Thank you for your post. I too, a teacher for the past 17 years have the travel bug, along with a great intellectual curiosity and a deep love of learning about everything! People, places, cultures and more…but never enough money to make deeply meaningful travel happen:(

    So, like you, Kim, I started taking the initiative to research opportunities over the past 5 or so years, and have been lucky enough to have been awarded a couple life-changing experiences, one of them this past summer to India, no less, through IREX. I’ll never forget it, and am working on trying to pass on all I’ve learned to my students and colleagues.

    Here’s my question—how do I parlay my experiences into speaking opportunities going forward. I would love to take that next step (as well as continuing to travel of course). I’d appreciate your suggestions on how to prepare for such (speaking ) opportunities, and where to find them..

    Thanks much, and happy traveling:)

    • Hi Sandra-

      Sorry for the delayed response, but you know how grading always gets in the way! You pose a great question – an important part of professional travel experience is scalability. How can you share what you’ve learned with others? I find speaking opportunities much in the same way I find travel opportunities. I search the internet, Facebook, and carefully read listerve posts for conferences and organizations that are interested in promoting global education. I then reach out to them formally through a conference proposal or informally through email to see if there is a common interest. I explore opportunities from the local to international scale and find, one thing always lead to another. I just got back from presenting in NYC based off a connection I made at NCSS New Orleans.

      I know everyone has a different local context. I’ll mention some of the connections I’ve made locally not because you will have the same organizations, but because they might give you ideas of similar types of organizations in your area to look in to. Locally, I’ve reached out to the town library, Rotary Club, and World Affairs Council to address the general public. This is normally to discuss a current events issue relevant to an area I’ve traveled or a general travelogue/dispelling stereotypes. I also take opportunities to present at my district/school level. I try to avoid presenting at faculty meetings. Instead, I’ll hold a short workshops open to teachers in my district during a lunch hour or right afterschool. I also always sign-up for chances to contribute to the district website or professional development days.

      On a more regional level, living in Boston I’m fortunate to be surrounded by many teacher professional development organizations – Primary Source and University resource centers. When I see on a listserve that an organization is planning a program that relates to an area I’ve traveled to I reach out to them. It helps if I’ve attended a PD seminar with the organization before and know the director, but I will still email even if I haven’t. It doesn’t always lead to me being able to present, but often the directors reach out to me in the future when they plan something related to the curriculum I’ve developed. Many of these organizations also host online resource guides. In some cases they’ve been willing to host curriculum I’ve created.

      More formally, I apply to present at many national and regional conferences. I typically apply to NCSS, NERC, NERWHA, and Geographic Alliance Conferences. But there are some other great emerging global education focused conferences – Global Education & Skills Forum (Dubai), Global Education Forum (Philly), and the International Education Week (weeklong, online). I use the same tips for writing conference proposals as I do travel applications.

      I also continue to foster professional relationships with the directors of the travel programs I have done. I’ve been able to use this method to present at conferences or to new groups of teacher travelers.

      In preparing for the conferences/speaking engagements, it does vary depending on the audience. When speaking to teachers, I try to balance content and pedagogy. I open with information about educating for global competency, give an interactive sample of a lesson plan (with links/resources for fuller versions online), and then end with information about the program (and others) and how to apply. I find this balances the interests of the audience well — some just want to find out how to get to a new place to travel, others have no interest in travel but want new lesson plan ideas, and some want it all ☺

      My greatest challenge has been gaging the prior knowledge of my audience. How much do they know about the region I am presenting about? How much do they know about global competency frameworks? I’ve had some presentations crash and burn since I assumed attendees had prior knowledge they did not. I’ve gotten better at doing quick formative assessment as people are walking in. I give them sticky dots and have them place where they are on a spectrum of key statements. For example “I currently teach about India” or “I use global competency frameworks in my classroom.” This helps me to know if I should move quickly or slowly through the introductory portion of my presentation.

      A quick word on funding – I have been able to get funding to present at conferences as an alumni of the programs I have participated in. This is most available through the government programs (Fulbright, TGC) but I’ve also gotten help from smaller organizations I’ve traveled with. I follow the “it never hurts to ask” and “something is more than nothing” philosophy. Sometimes organizations have an extra $50 left in their budget, and I’m more than happy to help them send it.

      What conferences/opportunities have you come across yourself? One of the great things about International Education Week is that it is online—let me know if you are interested in collaborating on doing something!

      P.S. Do we actually know each other already?….I think I traveled with a Sandra Brown five years ago or so in Oaxaca?

      • KIM WROTE: “let me know if you are interested in collaborating on doing something!

        P.S. Do we actually know each other already?….I think I traveled with a Sandra Brown five years ago or so in Oaxaca?”

        No:) Have not yet been there. The name is pretty common—ah…I like to say “popular though:)

        In a word, yes! yes! yes! I would be delighted and eternally grateful to be able to learn from, and collaborate with you Kim. What a generous offer. I am eternally grateful for the time you’ve taken to write such a thorough response. Many many thanks.

        A couple goals/initiatives at the forefront of my mind right now:

        A) I would like to submit a proposal or two to present at a conference. I’ve been browsing around the AACE site for instance (they have 4 conferences this year, one in Canada in the summer and one in DC in November. How I’d love to present–the organization of all about technology of course so I’d love to have help targeting my global experience in India to meet what they are about. My tech involvement regarding India centers around the fact that my year-long fellowship called for me to put my toes in areas of technology where I’d been resistant–carrying around an iPad, learning more about my iPhone, creating a blog, website and Instagram account. Baby steps I know for many, but for me it was enlightening!! Now I’m feeling like a pro—and TGC was delighted that I expressed this

        B) I’ve been offered the opportunity to submit a plan to create a training on global competencies and global awareness for teachers in my district by one of the directors whom I asked for some “facetime” after returning from India. I’ve been brainstorming ideas, but am perhaps hesitant of putting then on paper–not sure of myself? Hmmm…

        ***Last question for now:) You travel alone mostly Kim? And for the entire summer? Or family goes with you?

        • I normally travel with groups of other teachers, and then sometimes go off on my own, with a couple of teachers, or with family after a grant experience.

          If I could go the whole summer, I would! It varies year to year. Some summers its only three weeks, others its eight.

          Send me an email so we can chat more about conferences/presentations. youngk at weston dot org.

      • Conferences and opportunities I’ve found—
        of course many of those you mentioned in your blog post but also, as I said–
        AACE–aace dot org

        And I know you know about Primary Source but I just stumbled on their Panama Teacher Match program (not sure if you know about it)
        Members dot partners dot net/default dot asp?page=TeacherMatch2016 (replace “dot” with period in the URL).
        Divine providence I feel since I’d been mulling over how I could undertake some professional development in Panama to learn firsthand about the canal and more due to a terrific article I had my kids read last quarter, and the fact that some have parents from there. But I’m trying figure out how to get them to cut down on the time—it’s 6 weeks long! :(

  54. It is fantastic. With all programmes stated in this e-mail, is it all that any Nigeria Educationists can apply for?. Thanks in anticipation for your concern. I need more of this.

    • Hi Michael,

      I’m not sure what you teach, but I thought I would pass this along anyways. Here is something I came across that may help bolster your resume for a traveling program:

      American English Webinar Series 2 (see attachment)
      The 6 online seminars of the course cover a variety of topics and are intended for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend 4 out of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates. The series will take place from January 20 – March 30, 2016. Each 60-minute webinar will be held every other Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Visit: Americanenglish dot state dot gov/ae dot community for more information. (Replace the word “dot” with periods in the URL.)

      In terms of program suggestions, I would recommend reaching out to the education/outreach division of your closest U.S. Embassy/Consulate (sometimes a different branch than the one that deals with visas). Some that come to mind would be the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program (currently not in Nigeria, but could be in the future) or the international teacher component of TGC (international locations vary year to year).

  55. Hi Kim and Lillie! What a great resource! I was so excited to see Earth Expeditions as one of your recommendations. I graduated from the Global Field Program (GFP) in December of 2014. I went on Earth Expeditions to Baja, Australia and the Amazon. They were truly life-changing experiences. After graduation, I was chosen as a facilitator and had the pleasure of teaching the one of the Belize Earth Expedition courses this year. It was awesome! I was wondering if I could get some advice. I have applied for multiple fellowships and travel opportunities including the IREX and the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows with no luck. Would you be able to offer any tips on how to make your application stand out? I am a Spanish teacher and very interested in including conservation and environmental topics and issues into my Spanish classes. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! :)

    • Hi Leah,
      Great question. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error over the last decade. Here are some tips:

      1. Speak their language.
      When writing applications, I try to use the language of the organization I am applying to as much as possible. How is the organization framing their mission and goals? While organically I probably have similar goals, I revise my application to use the same words and descriptors that I find posted on their website, program description, and promotional materials. While it may just be a matter of speaking about global education vs. global competence vs. 21st century skills, it makes a difference. I will frame my curriculum projects within whatever standards/learning frameworks the target grant is using. Two great additional documents are Asia Society’s Global Competency Matrix or Word Savvy’s Global Competency Matrix. I often use these for help in framing my project proposals and explaining the relevance of a proposal.

      2. Do your research.
      Not just on the organization, but on the relevant educational research related to your topic. I typically write my application and then search journal article databases to find scholars who agree with me. Or, when I don’t have an idea, I use secondary sources to give me inspiration. Using secondary source support adds validity to your claims. For example, “Graphic novels, while a pedagogically sound tool, are underutilized in the secondary classroom (Clark, 2013).”

      3. Don’t be afraid to fail.
      Just because ONE organization has accepted me most summers for grant-funded travel, that doesn’t mean MANY others haven’t rejected me (not sure on that double negative…..I’m trying to say I get rejected more often that I get accepted). I apply to many more grants than I ever receive — don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Some grants, like the Grosvenor Fellowship, receive thousands of applicants. To me, it is like trying to get into Harvard. No matter how qualified you are there is a certain amount of luck. So never count on just one.

      4. Look for “Deadline Extended.”
      Many of the grants I have participated in are the result of a “deadline extended” announcement. While this isn’t always the case, it normally means they did not get enough qualified applicants. So even if I only have 24 hours to put something together, I always still do it, and normally get accepted. Many grants go unnoticed since individuals just assume they will never get it. Be bold – apply!

      5. Be Specific.
      I’ve had the great experience of getting to become a “reader” of applications to programs I have participated in the past. The biggest mistake I see in applications is the use of vague and redundant language. Applicants do not specifically explain what their project will entail and how it will impact a larger community. Specifically, what activities will your project entail? How will you know it is successful? What conferences will you be sharing at? Organizations know your project will change once the experience happens — the application just shows that you have carefully thought about the opportunity and shows a sample of how you might approach things.

      6. Answer the question posed.
      Answer the question posed, not the one you want to answer. Answer ALL parts of a question. If an application asks for a project’s purpose, outcome, and goals, you need to have all three, not just two. Applications are all scored on rubrics and you get a “0” for parts that are missing.

      7. Read FAQ’s and attend application webinars/information sessions.
      One new thing I have started doing recently is attending online webinars that provide help with preparing applications. While normally I don’t learn much new, I do learn a few things, and it helps me get in the mindset of the organization. It helps me frame my answers within the thinking of the organization (Tip #1). In some cases, people running the webinars will also be reading applications. It’s a good way to show you are committed and interested. Come prepared with a good question. It will increase the likelihood they will recognize your name in the future.

      • Thank you so much for your detailed reply! These tips are fantastic and I really appreciate that you took the time to offer them. :) Happy travels to you and have a wonderful new year! :)


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