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Finding Travel Grants for Teachers

Instructor: Andrea Losa
If you're a teacher interested in travel to enrich your personal experience and improve your teaching abilities, many scholarships and grants exist to help you reach your goals. Read on to learn where to look for these opportunities and discover additional resources useful for exploring the regions you're interested in studying.

Where to Find Teacher Travel Grants

Using travel grants can help you pay for part of your expenses or tuition while overseas. Travel grants are most commonly offered through nonprofit organizations and government agencies designed to encourage teachers' professional development. A few of these organizations are profiled below.

Fund For Teachers

This nonprofit organization offers teachers the opportunity to apply for self-designed fellowships that will enable them to travel to the location of their choosing to undertake a research project. The site also features listings of other grant and professional development opportunities.

Fulbright Teacher Programs

Teachers may apply for the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program, which allows them to spend three to sixth months studying instructional techniques and completing an educational project at a K-12 school overseas. This program provides for all expenses, including travel and lodging.

Alternatively, the Fulbright-Hays International Education program funds group projects concentrating on the humanities, languages, and social sciences. These projects can take the form of long- and short-term training, research, and professional development opportunities. Some project locations include nations in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Central Europe. Interested teachers can find all application and program information on the U.S. Department of Education website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers numerous seminars and workshops for teachers and college-level instructors looking to deepen knowledge in their fields. These summer programs range from one to five weeks in length and concentrate on American history, culture, and the humanities. The NEH will provide stipends to cover program and travel expenses for successful applicants. Visit the official NEH website to view a full list of opportunities.

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program trains U.S. elementary and secondary school teachers to incorporate a global perspective in their classrooms. It consists of extensive professional development opportunities, including a Washington D.C. global education symposium and 2-3 weeks of international travel in such locations as India, Brazil, and the Philippines. Eligible teachers must be U.S. citizens and must have a minimum of 5 years of secondary school teaching experience. The official website of IREX, the nonprofit that administers the program, contains additional information on this program.

Pre-Travel Training Resources

Whether you're still deciding on a travel destination or would like some additional info on the region in which you plan on studying and teaching, Study.com offers courses with lessons, practice quizzes, and exams to help you learn more about the world's regions and languages.

Here are just a few courses that might help you:

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