Traveling Abroad for Teachers?

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  1. Miss Kirby

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    I've posted before here about how I would love to teach abroad. I've applied for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange to teach in the UK. Didn't make it the first time, so I'm trying again. I am trying to come up with a "back up plan", which is challenging because I don't find out until March or April if I am accepted or not. If I don't get a match again, I NEED to travel abroad again! I've done the community college study abroad twice, but I'm tired of dealing with the younger college crowd (A lot of 18-19-20 year olds who mostly care about partying). I have made some great friends, some my age (27) and some a lot younger too. I just need to find another way to travel (also without having meaningless busy work to do every night for homework!). I'm wondering if there are any study abroad type programs for teachers (or even adults??). I can't seem to find anything out there except study abroad for college students, or programs for teachers to take students on class trips (won't really work with my second graders!). If anyone knows of anything like that, let me know... Any other suggestions for ways for a single person to travel without being completely alone, let me know too. :) Thanks in advance.
     
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    I would love to do that as well! When you did the other travel abroads were they very expensive?
     
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    That's a really good question, Miss Kirby. What about through a university? You can enroll, perhaps, through Open University, if they offer that. Then, at least, maybe the students will be a bit more mature/older????
     
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    The first study abroad in Ireland was $3,000 I think, and the second one in England was $4,000 (a trip to Paris was thrown in there so it was more expensive). The classes were an additional cost. In Ireland, I took digital photography (I just bought a DSLR) and Irish storytelling (I have used storytelling in my classroom every year since then so it was perfect). I felt like even though there was homework I still had time in the evening to enjoy myself. In England, I took British Culture (A joke - she read us poems - asked the kids who were talking or sleeping in the back questions about the books we had to read - and then talked the rest of the time about our next excursion), and Women and Religion (It was interesting but I didn't get much out of it). There was SO much homework, I was up late every night completing it while the youngin's went out and I wasn't even the one needing the credits! I did find a great group of friends, but we spend way to much time doing the homework (most of it wasn't even meaningful... just busywork for us to do). I regret wasting my time on it. I actually didn't complete a paper because it was just too much - and the teacher in me felt awful about it!

    There were SO many good things about the trip though - I can't forget that! I got to visit a classroom in England and do a Flat Stanley project with my own class, experienced so much history, fell in love with traveling and knew I needed to teach abroad one day!! I actually was trying to teach abroad last school year, but the Visa requirements changed and I didn't qualify. So at the very last minute I remembered the study abroad program and signed up... and here I am again... :unsure:
     
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    http://www.women-traveling.com/ I just found this. It's a women's travel group. Sounds neat and they have some interesting trips coming up. My BF's mom does trips with a group for older people and she really likes it. They always become like a little family, so she doesn't really feel like she is by herself. Everything is always previously planned out and paid for as part of the trip, so you don't have to worry about much, and her trips seem pretty educational even though there is no formal course or anything. And she always feels pretty safe with her group even though she has gone to some pretty tumultuous places alone (Israel, Egypt, safari in Africa, etc.)
     
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    Maybe you could look into the ed. departments of nearby universities. I know that Indiana University has a summer program for teachers that involves staying with a host family, doing some shadowing of local teachers, and traveling as well. In fact, that reminds me that I wanted to look into it!
     
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    The program for teachers at Indiana University looks PERFECT. I wish I could participate even though I'm out of state!
     
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    Oh wait - out of state teachers can apply!

    Overseas Practicum for Experienced Teachers
    May 31–August 15 (approximate, variable)

    In cooperation with the Foundation for International Education, the School of Education is offering an Overseas Practicum for Experienced Teachers (OPET) in national primary and secondary schools of Australia, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Wales. Teachers, school administrators, allied school professionals, and other interested persons are urged to apply as soon as possible.

    OPET participants team up with overseas counterpart educators for three weeks of direct teaching experience and a variety of other professional activities. Participants live as paying guests with a teacher family in the school community, resulting in even greater opportunities for cultural immersion.

    Participants acquire new teaching ideas and materials, hone professional skills, and establish solid links with overseas teachers, pupils, and community members. Participants earn 3 graduate credits at IU. NEW: Now, even out-of-state teachers can enroll and pay in-state tuition rates through "distance education" arrangements. Brief, on-site reports are required.
     
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    That sounds awesome. hmmmmm. Do you have a link for that?
     
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    I would love the opportunity to travel aboard again. Actually, I'd like to LIVE overseas (in the UK).
     
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    Have you thought about teaching abroad? You could look into the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

    http://www.dodea.edu/home/
     
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    I have looked into that but it seems like they place you in any country, you have to be open to anything and once you have more seniority you can request countries. I just don't think I'd feel comfortable living by myself in a non English speaking country! I don't know... I need to look into it some more.
     
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    I'd love England, Scotland, or Ireland. Or even New Zealand or Australia. But most teachers are needed in Japan, China, Africa, etc, to teach English...
     
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    I emailed the university in Indiana and they are going to send me a packet of information as soon as it's ready. Yay!
     

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