Funded International Opportunities for Teachers
Teachers, I know you are launching into the spring term, but think about how a funded international opportunity could reignite your career, passion for teaching, and love of travel? If you aren’t a teacher but know one, share the love and send it to them today (click one of those handy little buttons to your left!).
Some of the descriptions of these opportunities are taken directly from the websites of the programs.
Teachers for Global Classrooms
The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board). In order to ensure that you receive up-to-date information regarding this professional development opportunity, please join our mailing list. The application is due March 4, 2013, so start your application!
Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange
The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program is a direct one-to-one exchange of teachers from primary and secondary schools. The program operates between the United States and six countries worldwide for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the host countries, Fulbright Teachers gain a unique understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in cultures and education systems. Fulbright Teachers enrich their schools and communities with a new awareness of other cultures and traditions in different parts of the world, providing students and colleagues with new perspectives about the world in which they live. Learn more and sign up for the 2014-2015 application announcement.
Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program for Teachers in the US
The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program provides U.S. teachers with the opportunity to study in an overseas research center or university and work within local schools in the host country. Applicants will propose a Capstone Project at the time of application that should enhance their learning and have practical applications to their teaching (see the Capstone Project page for sample projects).
IIE works with U.S. Embassies and consulates, Fulbright Commissions and other organizations to link U.S. teachers with a host institution in their preferred country. Once abroad, academic support will be provided by a host institution advisor who will support the U.S. teacher and help contribute to the design and activities of the project. Project support will also be provided via an online module led by staff at a U.S. university. Upon returning to the U.S., participants will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities. Click here to learn more and sign up for the 2014-2015 application announcement.
Rotary Peace Fellowship
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
(If you want to expand your knowledge in these areas and incorporate it into your curriculum, you are eligible to apply! Contact your local Rotary club to find out whether your local district supports Rotary Peace Fellows. If they do not, ask if a neighboring district would be willing to accept your application.)
People to People International
People to People International has been sending middle and high school students from the United States on educational trips around the world for more than fifty years. Teachers accompany the students to provide leadership and guidance, but all of the logistics and program-related activities are organized by People to People (P2P) and their affiliates. Educators chosen to lead delegations can receive all-expenses-paid travel to various locations, as well as comprehensive pre-travel training and 24/7 support from the People to People Ambassador Programs’ response team. Click here for more information and to apply.
Teaching in International Schools
Longer term opportunities and permanent teaching positions outside of the United States are in high demand. Ever consider becoming a teacher ex-pat? If so, the State Department gives an overview of teaching in international schools and also suggests a few reputable organizations who recruit and support teachers through the application and transition process.
Teaching English Abroad
Last but not least, there are many opportunities to teach English abroad, even if your particular focus is not English. Schools, universities and organizations favor applicants with teaching credentials and experience. It should be noted, however, that many people who teach English abroad do not have formal teaching degrees or even teaching experience. This is not to say many do not learn to become excellent teachers, but it is to point out that the majority of your colleagues will most likely not be formally-trained teachers. A few organizations and resources for interested teachers:
- Transitions Abroad (lots of great resources on teaching English abroad!)
- Guide from US Embassy on teaching English in China