International Opportunities for Teachers
Teachers for Global Classrooms is sponsored by the US Department of State through the Bureau of educational and Cultural Exchange. This site is my capstone project for this year-long professional development experience. Other components include an eight-week on-line course, a two-day symposium, and a two-three week field experience in a foreign country. Explore the website or contact me for more information.
Several programs offered through the U.S. Department of State offer long-term opportunities to work in another country.
The Fulbright Hayes program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year. All seminars are in non-western European countries. Seminars take place from late June to mid-August for four to six weeks.
The Goethe Institut USA offers a transatlantic outreach program with study tours for teachers.
The Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies, sponsors a 10-day fellowship to Japan every summer for 10 educators in the U.S. and Canada. Participants learn first-hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to foster a permanent place for the teaching and study of East Asia at the middle and secondary school levels. The objectives of the program are accomplished through a lifelong approach to professional development: Teaching about Asia seminars; curriculum development, texts and resources; continuing education programs; and study tours to East Asia.
The Toyota International Teacher Program sends U.S. teachers abroad to experience foreign cultures and increase global understanding. Established in 1998 and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program has sent teachers to Japan, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Currently, this program is on hold as Toyota evaluates new directions with an increased focus on STEM education. I participated in the Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos in 2010.
Travel and Study Opportunities for Teachers
Compiled by Wendy Harris (St. Paul, MN) and Laura West (Hot Springs, AR)
This document was compiled and shared by TGC fellow, Wendy Harris. Some of the same programs are described as well as additional opportunities.