Here are some specific links to highly established programs for which you often must apply up to a year in advance. But despite the long planning-ahead time, the payoffs are worth it! In fact, all opportunities on this list are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, or US Department of Education.
Most of the deadlines for 2014 travel have passed, but simply click the link to find the dates for future applications.
- Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program: Administered by the Academy for Educational Development, this program is open to elementary and secondary teachers.
- Program dates: 3-6 month programs.
- Application deadline: December.
- Educational Seminars for Teachers: Administered by the American Councils for International Education. Programs in Thailand and Uruguay are open to elementary and secondary educators. Programs in India, Italy and Greece are for secondary educators.
- Program dates: three-to-eight week programs in summer.
- Application deadline: deadlines vary.
- Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program: Administered by the Academy for Educational Development, this program is open to elementary and secondary teachers.
- Program dates: Fall semester, or academic year.
- Application deadline: October.
- Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad- Bilateral Projects: This is a short term travel study abroad program for US educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of other peoples and countries.
- Program dates: 4- 6 weeks in the summer.
- Application deadline: October.
- Fulbright-Hays – Group Projects Abroad: This program provides 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.
- Program dates: short to long term projects.
- Application deadline: October.
- Intensive Summer Language Institutes: Administered by American Councils for International Education, this program is for teachers of Mandarin and Arabic including elementary and secondary teachers, community college instructors, and those enrolled in teacher certification programs.
- Program dates: Late June through early August.
- Application deadline: March.
- Teaching Excellence and Achievement Award: Administered by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), this program is open to secondary teachers.
- Program dates: Two week international programs in Spring/Summer with pre- and post- program professional development online and in Washington D.C.
- Application deadline: TBA. For updates on deadlines, please register on the IREX website.
- American Councils Exchanges, Training and Study Abroad: American Councils administers a variety of cultural exchange, study abroad, and research programs on behalf of both public and private funders. Participation in these programs is through an open, merit-based competition, and facilitates mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and South Asia.
- Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math Science Exchange: Through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, American Councils for International Education administers Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math, and Science Exchange Program (LTMS). With support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Uchitelskaya Gazeta, and local education departments, the program aims to recognize the excellence and commitment of secondary school teachers and teacher-trainers in a broad range of subjects by providing U.S. based professional development seminars, practical classroom-learning opportunities, and preparation to conduct post-program professional development workshops for colleagues in Russia. Professional development seminars will be offered in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and workshop design and implementation.
- Peace Corps Response provides the opportunity to serve a much shorter term than the traditional two-year Peace Corps commitment. Stints can span from a few months to a year. Teachers are frequently recruited for Peace Corps Response placements because many limited-term positions focus on education. Applicants need not have served in the Peace Corps, but are required to have extensive teaching experience. The Peace Corps pays for your travel and provides a modest living allowance. The application process is lengthy, so hop to it!
- Keizai Koho Fellowship Tour is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. Keizai Koho offers two-week summer study tours in Japan with a focus on economics, business, and education. Fellows participate in lectures and visit cultural sites throughout the two weeks. A requirement of the program is to create a lesson plan using what has been learned during the study tour — a small price to pay for a rich educational experience.
- The Korea Society offers study tours in Korea throughout the year. Most mornings consist of lectures, followed by afternoon cultural outings to temples, palaces, schools and restaurants. Be forewarned: the program requires extensive walking in hot and humid temperatures. Also, the Korea Society will expect you to create a unit on Korean culture or history upon your return to the U.S.A.
- NOAA Teacher at Sea program provides hands-on learning experiences throughout the year. Teachers join a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research and survey ship to obtain “clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.”
- Gilder Lehrman is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. It has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers and students that operate in all 50 states. Their workshops focus on American and world history. Private school teachers are expected to contribute to the cost of their workshops.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, providing dozens of workshops and seminars during the summer months. They range from 1-6 weeks and are offered in the U.S.A. and abroad. Longer programs provide meatier stipends.
- Hilton Teacher Treks Program is sponsored by Hilton Worldwide, and is meant to bring people together and foster greater understanding between the U.S. and other countries. This program allows U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to go abroad for 2-3 weeks to travel, explore and experience culture firsthand. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Hilton Teacher Treks Program on behalf of Hilton Worldwide. Applicants for the Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application, be fluent in English, be a K-12 classroom teacher currently employed full-time at an accredited school in the U.S. and must have taught for at least three years at the time of application.
- Fund for Teachers gives grants for self-designed summer sabbaticals.
- Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship sends you to Washington, D.C. for a year to work on Capitol Hill influencing science education policy.
Science-Based Travel Programs:
- PolarTREC sends teachers to the Arctic and to Antarctica. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States. The focus is on science.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program places teachers on oceanographic vessels.
- Earthwatch Institute offers corporate-sponsored fellowships to teachers on some of their expeditions in the field.
- The National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions have a program called the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program which sends teachers on a summer cruise to the Arctic to find new ways to bring geographic awareness and ocean stewardship to their classrooms.
- NASA’s Spaceward Bound has sent teachers to extreme environments like deserts, mountaintops, and the Arctic to participate in astrobiology/ Mars analog field camps.
- The Antarctic Geological Drilling Program ANDRILL sends teachers to Antarctica.
- Project 2041 sends teachers, students, and others to Antarctica but most of them pay their own way through fundraising.
- The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Teacher at Sea Program places teachers on the drill ship JOIDES Resolution.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Institute’s EARTH Program brings groups of twenty teachers together in locations like Hawaii to develop oceanography curricula and learn about ocean science. They pay expenses and a stipend.
- NASA’s SETI Institute sends teachers on nighttime infrared astronomy flights up to 45,000′.
- Northrop Grumman’s ECO Classroom sends teams of four science teachers from the same district to a biological field station in Costa Rica.
Programs in Asia, Latin America & Africa:
- The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development sends educators to Japan.
- WorldSavvy has sent teachers and students to Bangladesh to study climate change, and to Peru.
- The Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship sends educators to Japan.
- The Korea Society’s Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies for American Educators goes to Korea.
- The U.S. Department of State and Amigos de las Americas’ Youth Ambassadors Program sends San Francisco Bay Area teachers and students on all-expenses-paid trips (Paraguay, most recently.)
- The Toyota International Teacher Program has sent teachers overseas to Costa Rica, South Africa, and the Galapagos. The focus is on environmental issues.
- The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program sends teachers to places such as Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco and Ukraine for 2 – 3 weeks.
Programs in Europe:
- The Goethe Institute sends social studies teachers to Germany.
- Oxbridge Academic Programs (to Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, etc.) has teacher seminars that you normally pay for but there are free fellowships available too.
- The British Universities Summer School offers three- or six-week fellowships in the UK
I hope you found this list helpful educators! Bon Voyage!