For Teacher Appreciation Day and Week, people often want gift ideas… but here’s a better plan:
Share this treasure trove of over 200 funded teacher travel and global education opportunities, and help a great educator (maybe YOU) win a grant or fellowship!
Teachers reading this know: a free trip to another state or country is far more life-changing than any mug… much as we love our coffee!
How to use this giant list of resources:
If you are a teacher, you have just found a one-stop-shop gold mine of hundreds of resources for global education fellowships, conferences, grants, institutes, funding, and more — for both professional development and pleasure. Browse, scroll, and win!
If you’re not a teacher but know one, consider celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day or Week by looking through this huge list, finding an option that could fit a certain great educator, then sending it to them with the offer to help get the program application done.
Many of these opportunities listed below are won by the same small group of teachers over and over again because few other educators know such grants exist… or if they find them, they feel too overwhelmed by the paperwork. YOU can help change that in order to share the free travel and funding more equitably!
Who created this directory of teacher grants, fellowships, and opportunities?
The author of this amazing resource is an educator named Andi Webb who was previously featured on Teaching Traveling in the interview entitled, “18 Teacher Travel Grants.” That article has been read by thousands of people so far, but Andi realized there were countless other opportunities that are not mentioned there.
Thus, she has spent the past year tirelessly researching and creating this directory, and I (Lillie Marshall) have spent the past months on the formatting and tech end to bring it all to YOU! I will now shift into interview format to hand it over to Andi so you can get your hands on the list.
Teaching Traveling: Welcome back, Andi! Tell us about your background.
Andi: A proud Tar Heel born and bred, I love my home of North Carolina. Equally as much as I love home, I also love to travel. I am a wanderer with wanderlust. At the time I am writing this, I am living in Arlington, Virginia as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.
When I am home, I am homesick for other parts of the world. When I travel, I miss my family and friends. This is the dilemma of those of us who have left our hearts in many places.
I love to read and always have a book in hand. (The second half of this article features global education texts I recommend.) When I get to know people well, I am a bit of a prankster. When I don’t know people well, they often think I’m quiet. (I’m not!)
I am adventurous and love trying new things. Immersing myself in cultures different than my own is something I love. I am a vegetarian and animal advocate. My area of expertise in education is with lower grades.
I hope you will find some useful information both educationally and culturally within this document. I am a teacher who loves learning about education around the world and helping other educators explore the globe as well.
My goal in compiling this information is to give all teachers an easy-to-access, one-stop-shop for some extremely valuable information. I hope this directory is particularly helpful for new teachers as they launch their careers and see all the possibilities there are in education.
TT: Wonderful! Let’s jump right into your list of 200 teacher travel grants, fellowships, institutes, and funding opportunities!
A: Excellent. I’ve divided them by alphabetical chunks so they are more easily digested. Within each chart, you can scroll down to see all the opportunities. If you are on a mobile device, you can slide the table horizontally to see the description on the right. Here we go…
A-C Teacher Opportunities:
D-F Teacher Opportunities:
G-L Teacher Opportunities:
M-O Teacher Opportunities:
P-S Teacher Opportunities:
T-Z Teacher Opportunities:
TT: What a wonderful, useful list!
Now, what tips for applications do you have for winning grants and fellowships?
A: Here are my tried-and-tested tips for applications:
- Thoroughly read directions. This may seem self-explanatory but is important!
- Keep all deadlines on a calendar so they are not missed.
- Correct spelling and grammar are imperative.
- Read and reread all questions and be sure to answer them.
- Adhere to word and character counts.
- Explain acronyms if you use them. Ex: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
- Try to avoid educational jargon and buzzwords when possible.
- Avoid assuming the reviewers are educators.
- Have others review your application but be careful not to have too many voices because then thoughts can be overwhelming.
- If recommendations are needed, be sure to ask well in advance, and thank your recommenders, preferably with a written thank you card.
- Be sure all aspects of the application have been thoroughly completed prior to submission.
- If accepted, be gracious and willing to help others in the future!
- If not accepted, persevere. Try again!
TT: Excellent advice. Now, what other global education links, resources, and articles do you recommend?
A: Some other great resources can be found at the following links:
Travel and Conference Grants:
Social Media Global Education Resources
Teachers on the Move: Programs, Grants, and Scholarships for K-12 Teachers
Twitter: #GlobalEd Hashtag to follow and use
Student Success Goes Global (Andi’s Writings)
Andi’s Articles on Education NC:
There is an article featured here that I titled Educational Angels. I was blessed to have teachers who helped me love school and I have had angels guide me along my journey always. For that, I am most grateful.
Miscellaneous GlobalEd Information and Links
Kimbo Music for music around the world
And my most favorite blog of all time… the one and only Teaching Traveling!
TT: Aww, thanks! Can you help explain some of the education and government acronyms used for these grants and fellowships?
A: Yes! Here’s my list of Education and Government/Organization Acronyms, Explained:
AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science
AASA – In 1870, the National Association of School Superintendents along with the American Normal School Association merged with the National Teachers Association to create the National Education Association. Within the NEA, the Department of Superintendents was formed. Decades later, in the 1930s, the administrators decided to break away and became the American Association of School Administrators. Today, we are known as AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
ACE – American Council on Education
ACICS – Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
AEE – Alliance for Excellent Education
AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
AFT – American Federation of Teachers
AGI – American Geosciences Institute
AGU – American Geophysical Union
AIAA – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIR – American Institutes for Research
ASCD – Association for the Supervision of Curriculum and Development
BPC – Bipartisan Policy Center
CBO – Congressional Budget Office
CECC – Congressional Executive Commission on China
CEE – Center for Excellent Education
CER – Center for Education Reform
CPI – Crisis Prevention Institute
CR – Congressional Record
CRDC – Civil Rights Data Collection
CRS – Congressional Resource Services
DCL – Dear Colleague Letter
Department of Education- Known as “Ed” or “The Department”
DOE – Department of Energy
DPCC – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee
FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education
FCC – Federal Communications Commission
FFA – Future Farmers of America
HELP – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the Senate (Senate version of Education and Labor on the House)
IEP – Individualized Education Plan
IES – Institute of Education Sciences
ILA – International Literacy Association
IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change
JJ – Juvenile Justice
KIPP – Public Charter Schools (Not an acronym but you’ll hear of KIPP.)
LCCR – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, formerly called the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
MAA – Mathematical Association of America
NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress (Nation’s Report Cards)
NCPE – National Coalition for Public Education
NCSS – National Council for the Social Studies
NCTE – National Council for Teachers of English
NCTM – National Council for Teachers’ of Mathematics
NEA – National Education Association
NED – National Endowment for Democracy
NSF – National Science Foundation
NSTA – National Science Teachers’ Association
OHCHR – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
OMB – Office of Management and Budget
OSTP – (White House) Office of Science and Technology Policy
PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
PD – Professional Development
PDP – Professional Development Plan
PRA – Paper Reduction Act
QFR – Quarterly Finance/Financial Report
SIP – School Improvement Plan
SIT – School Improvement Team
SST – Student Services Team
TPS – Temporary Protected Status
WCAG – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Here is a quizlet to test your knowledge of these acronyms!
TT: Nice! What are some groups and organizations potential teacher travelers should be aware of?
A: Here is my list of Groups and Organizations to Know (Not Exhaustive):
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Bipartisan Policy Institute (BPI)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Center for American Progress (CAP)
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
Thomas Fordham Institute
Institute of International Education (IIE)
Learning Policy Institute (LPI)
NAFSA (International Education)
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
National Education Association (NEA)
Penn Hill Group
Politico and Politico Pro
United States Institute of Peace
TT: Excellent. What Global Education books do you recommend?
A: Here is my suggested book list for Social Studies and Global Education at the elementary level, adaptable for all grades and ages!
Books for All Around the World:
The Seven Continents by Wil Mard
Explore Earth’s Seven Continents by Bobbie Kalman
The ABCs of Continents by Bobbie Kalman
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney
Around-the-World Art and Activities: Visiting the Seven Continents Through Craft Fun by Betsy Day/Judy Press
My World & Globe: from the seven continents to the seven seas, Katmandu to Kalamazoo: an interactive first book of geography by Ira Wolfman and Paul Meisel
Books by Evan Moor: North America, South America, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Asia, Antarctica
Where is My Continent? By Robin Nelson
Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands by Arlette N. Braman
Kids Around the World Create: The Best Crafts and Activities from Many Lands by Arlette N. Braman and Ariette Braman
Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands by Arlette N. Braman
Kids Around the World by Donna Rice
Kids Around the World Cookbook by Deri Robins
Families Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Around the World We Go! by Margaret Wise Brown
School Days Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin
Around the World: Hair by Kate Perry
Around the World: Playtime by Kate Perry
Around the World: Home by Kate Perry
Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant
Homes Around the World by Donna Rice
Around the World by John Coy
School Days Around the World by Catherine Chambers
A Ticket Around the World by Natalia Diaz and Melissa Owens
Farms Around the World by Catherine Veitch
Easy Snacks from Around the World by Heather Alexander
This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book about Children Around the World by Edith Baer
This is the Way We Go to School by Edith Baer
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof by Selby Beeler
It’s Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson
A School Like Mine: A Unique Celebration of Schools Around the World by DK Publishing and Unicef
Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera
My School in the Rainforest: How Children Attend School Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman
North America by Karen Bush Gibson
South America by Karen Bush Gibson
Europe by Karen Bush Gibson
Asia by Adam R. Schaefer
Africa by Adam R. Schaefer
Australia by Xavier Niz
Antarctica by Adam R. Schaefer
Ice Continent: A Story of Antarctica by Louise O. Young
Books About Global Holidays:
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Christmas by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Halloween by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Ramadan by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Diwali by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Passover by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Easter by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Independence Day by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: With Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar by Deborah Heiligman and National Geographic Society Staff
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa by Carolyn B. Otto
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by Carolyn B. Otto
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Carolyn B. Otto
Holidays Around the World by Joan O’Brien (A Coloring Book)
Kids Around the World Celebrate: The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands by Lynda Jones
Happy New Year Around the World by Sylvia Walker
Santa is Coming to Canada by Steve Smallman
A Halloween Scare in Canada by Steve Smallman
Christmas in Mexico by Cheryl L. Enderlein
The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne
The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Robert Mangus
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens by Joe Troiano
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer
Legend of the Christmas Rose by William H. Hooks
The Candle in the Window: A Christmas Legend by Grace Johnson
The Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
Books About Good Citizenship:
Do Something for Others: The Kids’ Book of Citizenship by Anders Henson
Top 10 Tips for Ethical Living and Good Citizenship by Joe Craig
How Full is Your Bucket? by Carol McCloud
Will You Fill My Bucket?: Daily Acts of Love Around the World by Carol McCloud
Fill A Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children by Carol McCloud and Katherine Martin
My Bucketfilling Journal by Carol McCloud
Halle and Tiger with Their Bucketfilling Family by Peggy Johncox
True Bucketfilling Stories: Legacies of Love by Stacey A. Lundgren
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World by Garth Sundem
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Sornson and Maria Mismondy
Bully by Patricia Polacco
Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig
Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll
The Berenstain Bears’ Kindness Counts by Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears’ Forget Their Manners by Stan Berenstain
Books About World History:
People Who Changed the World by Jacqueline Dineen
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
Heroes for Civil Rights by David Adler
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train by Sharon Gayle
The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong
Native American Heroes by Ann Mcgovern
Great Native Americans by Peter F. Copeland
Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy by Augusta Stevenson
Sacagawea: American Pathfinder by Flora Warren Seymour
George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra
Presidents by James David Barber
Queen Elizabeth II by Robert Green
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Helen A. Keller
Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? by Bonnie Badar
I Am Albert Einstein by Brad Meltzer
Louis Braille: Inventors and Scientists by Madeline Donaldson
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Clara Barton by Candice Ransom
The Lewis and Clark Expedition by John Perritano
Vladimir Lenin by Kathleen McDermott
The Great Fire of London by Gillian Clements
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
Famous People of the Middle Ages by Donna Trembinski
Books About Needs and Wants:
Lily Learns About Wants and Needs by Lisa Bullard
Need It or Want It? by Colleen Hord
The Global Economy by Hugh Roome
A Kid’s Guide to the Economy by Tamra Orr
The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Stan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense by Stan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears’ Piggy Bank Blessings by Jan Berenstain
Books on Specific Countries:
National Geographic Countries of the World (a series with many different countries)
North America by Libby Koponen
Introducing North America by Chris Oxlade
North America by Rebecca Hirsch
Explorers of North America by Christine Taylor-Butler
Canada by Michael Hurley
Canada by Guek-Cheng Pang
Canada: the People by Bobbie Kalman
Little Canada by Matt Napier
Canada by Elaine Landau
Mexico by Elaine Landau
My Mexico by Tony Johnston
Mexico by Michael Dahl
Greenland byJean F. Blashfield
Little Bear: A Folktale from Greenland by Dawn Casey
Iceland by Jennifer A. Miller
We Live in Brazil: Kids Around the World by Francois-Xavier Freeland
Brazil ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Brazil by David Seidman
Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Argentina: A Question and Answer Book by Mary Engler
Costa Rica by Tracey West
Spotlight on Peru by Robin Johnson
Chile by Jennifer A. Miller
Guatemala ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Guatemala by Marcie Aboff
It’s Cool to Learn About Countries: Turkey by Franchino
D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin
Feathers: A Jewish Tale from Eastern Europe by Heather Forest
Germany by Henry Russell
Italy by Robert Anderson
Poland by Charlotte Guillan
Spain by Charlotte Guillan
E is for Eiffel Tower by Helen L. Wilbur
The Eiffel Tower by Meg Greene
Rome by Christine Dugan
Countries of the World: Russia by Henry Russell
Babushka’s Doll by Patricia Polacco
D is for Dancing Dragon: A Chinese Alphabet by Carol Crane
We’re from Indonesia by Emma Lynch
Kids Around the World: We Live in China by Pascal Pilon and Elizabeth Thomas
Colors of China by Shannon Zemlicka
C is for China by Sungwan So
The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher
We Live in Japan: Kids Around the World by Alexander Messager
We Live in India by Philippe Godard
North Korea by Tara Walters
South Korea by Tara Walters
Australia by Kate Turner
Australia by Rebecca Hirsch
Australia: The Culture by Erinn Banting
Australia: The People by Erinn Banting
This is Australia by Miroslav Sasek
New Zealand by Lyn Larson
New Zealand ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of New Zeland by Holly Schroeder
Miscellaneous Global Education Books:
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Just the Way I Am (7 Habits of Happy Kids Series #1) by Sean Covey
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes
Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
Owen and Mzee by Craig Hatkoff
TT: Wonderful global education book suggestions! Now, what advice do you have for people wanting help navigating this huge treasure trove of resources?
A: I know it’s a lot to digest, but even following one of these links for more information is worth it!
For people who want specific help on which grants are right for YOU, I am available for hire as a personal teacher grant/travel consultant — just reach out to me in the comments section here or at teachandtraveltheworld at gmail dot com.
TT: WOW! Now these opportunities are REAL teacher appreciation ideas! I hope educators take full advantage of these grants, fellowships, institutes, opportunities, acronyms, and global education book recommendations.
If you’re not an educator, do share this with a teacher who could use it!
Readers, what questions are comments do you have for Andi?
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English from Boston who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched TeachingTraveling.com in 2010 to share expert global education resources, and over 1.6 million readers have visited over the past decade. Lillie also runs AroundTheWorld L.com Travel and Life Blog, and DrawingsOf.com for educational cartoons. Do stay in touch via subscribing to her monthly newsletter, and following @WorldLillie on social media!