I'm the proud daughter of a lifelong public school teacher, and one of the things my mom loved best about being an educator was the opportunity to travel in the spring and summer. She brought artifacts, photographs, language, and lessons from every place she traveled back into her classroom, and her students were richer for it. Now retired, my mom made a goal of visiting every continent, and she goes to schools in nearly every country she visits, enchanting the children there with bubbles, pencils, and her trademark stuffed-animal backpack purses.
So I know that teachers are natural adventurers. I'm sure you don't need convincing to see that whether you have the resources to travel internationally or just take a short local trip, traveling can be enriching both personally and professionally for educators. Just watch the videos in this week's playlist for some ideas!
Video Playlist: Travel for Teachers
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- Applying for a Fund for Teachers Grant (03:53)
Fund for Teachers is an amazing grant-making foundation, just for teacher travel. In this video, grant recipients talk about their experiences with the program, and offer tips for getting the funds.
- International Training Tour for Teachers (02:44)
If you're committed to taking students abroad, it's worth checking out a commercial tour company that specializes in education like EF Tours -- they offer free trips for teachers who sign up with their program, to scout ahead.
- International Travel Opportunities for U.S. Teachers (01:36)
Though this video is a little low-fi and a few years old (ignore the outdated deadline!), the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program is still going strong. You can learn more in this longer video.
- Travel Packing Tips from Explorica (03:23)
Despite the fact that this packing tips video is sponsored by Explorica, another for-profit educational tour company, you may find it useful if you already have your passport and ticket in hand!
- The Traveling Teacher -- Hello from Moscow (02:26)
This teacher took a ten-month trip around the globe and video blogged the whole way! Follow her adventures and get resources on her blog.
- Earthwatch Educator Fellow Tells Whale Tale (00:43)
Earthwatch is another fantastic org that offers travel grants for educators (and anyone else!) interested in citizen science. Here's a first-hand account from a teacher.
- Teachers Visit India: The School Connection (04:28)
Six teachers from North Carolina travel to India and bring back ther experiences to share with their students at their International Baccalaureate (IB) schools.
- New Zealand/Australia Fulbright-Hays Travel Abroad for Teaching (03:07)
A heartfelt video application from a Michigan kindergarten teacher for a Fulbright Travel Fellowship. I'm rooting for you, Lauren! Hope you make it to Australia!
- Today I Will ... (00:54)
If you're even more adventurous, how about teaching abroad for a year? Organizations like the Council on International Educational Exchange have lots of resources for international teaching.
Resources for the Globetrotting Educator
Some teachers take groups of their students abroad, and others get the travel bug so bad they themselves end up spending years teaching abroad. Others make time for short-term summer trips, and some find ways to bring the world into their classroom without leaving town. Though many deadlines have passed for summer 2014 opportunities, there are resources in the list below that will help you plan ahead for future travels of all kinds.
Travel Grants and Opportunities
- Fund for Teachers
- Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program
- Earthwatch's Educational Programs
- American Councils for International Education's Teacher Program
- Omprakash Volunteer Abroad Grants
- Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
- Council on International Educational Exchange
- Go Abroad's Teach Abroad Directory
Taking Students AlongNote: The companies in the list below are for-profit but offer free resources for educators.
Online Global Collaboration and Virtual Travel
- Wandering Educators Online Community
- GlobalTrek from Scholastic
- Global Schoolnet
- Teaching Traveling Blog
Whether your time off from the classroom takes you to another continent or you settle in for some armchair adventure, here's to broadening your horizons this summer.