Travel Opportunities for Educators

SPI Study Abroad

Teachers travel for free with their students on SPI Study Abroad's language immersion, global leadership, and community service programs in Spain, France, Italy, or Costa Rica.

Transatlantic Outreach Program


Two weeks

The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) sends social studies educators to Germany every summer on fully funded two-week intensive study tours, exposing them to every aspect of modern Germany, including politics, business, education, and culture.

Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)



This new program from Fulbright Japan will provide up to 48 U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to Japan on this fully funded program to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries.

Keizai Koho Teacher Fellowship


Ten days

This program offers a ten-day, fully funded fellowship to Japan for approximately ten U.S. educators every year. The fellowship allows teachers to learn firsthand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.

Korea Study Tour


2 Weeks

The Korea Society has announced openings for American educators to participate in Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies to be held in Korea in June and July.

Summer Russian Language Teachers Program


Six weeks

The program offers fifteen to twenty qualified current and prospective teachers of Russian language and culture from schools and universities in the United States the opportunity to travel to Russia for six-week study trips.

U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program


One school year

The U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations annually sends eight to ten experienced American K-12 educators of any subject to China for a year to teach oral English in selected Chinese secondary schools.

Intensive Summer Language Institutes

Egypt & China

6 Weeks

This program provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered.

Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber’s Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH) Fellowship Program was conceived to actively engage U.S. and MENA educators in capacity building initiatives to produce a new generation of leaders equipped to provide solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic issues.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)

China & Egypt

One Academic Year

This program places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects.

Toyota International Teacher Program

Galapagos Islands or Costa Rica

Ten to fourteen days

This fully funded professional development opportunity sends U.S. educators to the Galapagos Islands or Costa Rica for short term study visits. Depending on the program, selected teachers will work in groups with Galapagueño teachers on the design of interdisciplinary lessons focusing on environmental conservation and sustainability or learn about how Costa Rica is preserving its environmental and cultural heritage. 

Department of Defense Dependents Schools


One or two years

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. DoDEA’s schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. DoDEA operates public schools located in 13 foreign countries, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Earthwatch Fellowship Program


Ten to fourteen days

Earthwatch offers two types of privately funded fellowships for educators to join leading scientists in conservation-related field research on one of 120 projects around the world.

Educators Travel Network

Educators Travel Network is a membership based travel network for friendly, congenial people who work or retired from the field of education. Your membership entitles you and your immediate family (partner/spouse and children under 18) to use all of our Educators Travel Network options. You will also receive newsletters and email bulletins about new services we've added and unique stories about our members' travels. Travel is just $40 per night for two. You can also earn free travel by hosting members. You receive $10 in ETN Reward Dollars each night that you host. Using this travel network you can explore the world on a budget!

Edutopia Travel Grants and Fellowships

• Edutopia works to cover travel grants and fellowships for educators every year. Previous locations have included Brazil, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, and more.

EF- student and teacher travel

Teachers travel with their student group for free around the world.

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.

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Fort Worth Sister Cities- Teacher Leaders for student trips abroad

Opportunities are also available for Delegation and Associate Delegation Leaders. If you have what it takes to lead a youth exchange, consider applying for one of these positions next year.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program About: This program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the people and culture of other countries. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year, though all seminars take place outside of Western Europe and they are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country. Duration: Four to six weeks Exchange Country: Varies

Fund for Teachers



Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers to enrich their personal and professional growth. The foundation recognizes and supports teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

Global Exploration for Educators


Two to three weeks

The Global Exploration for Educators Organization facilitates short trips for teachers to form international relationships and explore overseas environments, allowing teachers to gain fresh perspectives that deeply enrich their students’ learning and global awareness.

Group Study Exchange - Rotary


Four to six weeks

The Group Study Exchange program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young professionals that provides travel grants for teams to participate in exchange visits between paired areas in different countries.

Hilton Honors Programs for Teachers

Teachers compete to be awarded fully funded trips around the world.

IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grant

Part of Generation Study Abroad, the IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants is a professional development program to support U.S. secondary level (grades 6-12) teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. Teachers are powerful motivators when it comes to encouraging students to pursue any and all types of global study be it through a classroom project in second grade or on a study abroad program in college.

IIE Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching

The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Under the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program, highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers of all subjects, guidance counsellors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians may apply for this professional development program to carry out a course of study for three to six months abroad.

Institute of International Education

IIE, an independent non-profit organization founded in 1919, is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year. Program participants are selected through a competitive, merit-based process.

International Schools Services


Two years

International Schools Services (ISS) serves as a nonprofit assistance organization to recruit teachers and administrators from all grade levels K-12 for full-time overseas positions. It recruits for more than three hundred international American schools worldwide, including community-sponsored, company-sponsored, and proprietary institutions.

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National Geographic's Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

This is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program gives current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada the opportunity to extend Gil Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education. Exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. Through this experience, they bring new geographic awareness back into their learning environments and communities.

NSLI for Youth (NSLI-Y)

NSLI for Youth is part of a Presidential initiative to increase American citizens’ capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish.

SPI Study Abroad, Various Countries

Teachers travel for free with their students on SPI Study Abroad's language immersion, global leadership, and community service programs in Spain, France, Italy, or Costa Rica

Travel Programs for Teachers

Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. GEEO's trips are 7 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers.


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