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????
     
  5. Miss Kirby

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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!
     
  8. Miss Kirby

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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/
     
  14. Miss Kirby

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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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    This summer while I was traveling with my family in Europe, we kept running into the People to People travel tours. They were middle school age kids and they were definitely teachers escorting the groups. I don't know how you get involved but I know there are trips to all kinds of places.
     
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    I currently have a Mentee who spent two years in Korea, and he loved it. I'll see if he won't do some posint here. He talks a bout a T-Fal or a C-Fal?
     
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    I know where I am now, even though our contracts are two years, a lot of teachers take a leave of absence from their jobs to come for one year. They extend it if they can. English is not the main language here, but it is widely spoken and I usually have no problem communicating outside of school. Everything is written in both Arabic and English. I didn't realize it would be that way so it was a nice surprise! I honestly never imagined I would come to the Middle East but this area is very peaceful and it has turned out to be a great experience. Obviously on first thought some other countries are more appealing (they were to me too) but there really are so many countries as options out there worth considering, especially when it comes to pay and benefits, etc... Another great thing is I have met people from so many countries so now I can travel to those countries- I went to Australia this summer to visit a teacher friend!
     
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    Actually from this post I think this might be an excellent choice for you. It isn't quite the expat experience you are thinking of. DoDEA work on military bases. You will have quite a few American around you. Often the town surrounding the base (from my limited experience but educated guess) will be used to dealing with Americans. The language barrier varies from place to place but as far as the notion of being dropped off and can't speak the language, it's not quite as nonaccommodating as that. In fact, my neighbor had a travel abroad experience in Germany and she said she felt that was more culture immersion by far. It's not that you won't have opportunities to explore the culture. After all, you would be living in a foreign country. It's must that there are so many activities provided by the base that you have to be of mindset whether you are there for the military life experience or the cultural experience. You can have both but you have to actively make that decision.

    But from what you have just said, you are nervous about the linage barrier. This may be the stepping stone for you. I'm very hard of hearing and it is hard for me to lipread accents in English much leas another language. Yet I find myself doing alright. There are some adjustments and sometimes I have a language barrier but typically it is more related to my hearing loss than because I live in another country. Folks here are quite use to military changing in and out quickly and having a language barrier. There are a lot of ways to communicate and quite a few know at least some English. At the same time, if you are lucky, you will be told to take a short language course for at least some perfunctory communication.
     
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    Me too!
     
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    Sigh.... I spend way too much of my life doing google searches about teaching and traveling abroad and then I feel sad because I am wasting my life dreaming about things instead of actually doing them! :\
     
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    Check out TeachAway.
     
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    Yes, TeachAway is how most of the teachers come to Abu Dhabi. They also send many teachers to Japan as well as other locations, mostly in Asia and the Middle East where the demand is.
     
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    I hate to say it... But I worry with the constant turmoil if the Middle East is safe for Americans. I guess it is my own problem. But I worry since you hear so much in the news.
     
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    I was worried too before I came here. I researched the specific country before I came and everything I found claimed that it was a very safe country to live in. After reading that in multiple places I decided to try it, and if I didn't like it or didn't feel comfortable, to leave.
    After being here for over a year, I couldn't agree more that it is a very safe place to live. In fact, I would say that it is even more safe here than in the United States. This particular country is one where people from other ME countries come to escape the terror in their own countries. Most of the population is made up of expatriate workers so it is regarded as a safe haven. There are no riots here, nor do you hear of drive-by shootings, robberies and other crime I was accustomed to reading daily in the news at home. I was here when Bin Laden was killed back in May and all throughout the Arab spring, and not once did I have anyone say anything to me. The American population here is pretty high, and growing every year with the education reform and the recruitment of 1,000 teachers/ year.
    But, this is just one country. I don't think I would feel as safe in a different country in the Middle East, other than maybe Oman (I live on the border) or Qatar.
     
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    The DoDEA website is great!

    They have schools in England! Take a look and see what you like. I found an interesting school about an hour and a half from London. Wow. It sounds like a great opportunity. I would love love love to go teach in England. I think it would be wonderful to teach in a foreign country to US military children, and still have the foreign culture at your fingertips. Travel to Europe would be easy for holidays. I will definitely look into this for the future. I would love to take a sabbatical and do something like this.
     
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    I should probably look into the DoDEA. I just worry because it sounds like you don't have a choice where you go in the beginning... and you have to commit before you find out where they will place you. At least that's what it sounded like!

    I got the packet of info from the University of Indiana's teacher practicum program. It sounds really great but expensive. Airfare, tuition (over $1000), room and board, etc.
     
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    Yeah, I was hoping IU's program was more of a package thing, which may have helped with the cost. I need to e-mail to get a ballpark figure for room and board for the areas I would like to go to. I might be able to get some PD money to help with tuition, though. Still seriously considering it...
     
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    Did you find out more info about it, amakaye? Playing the Fulbright waiting game but wondering if I should be searching for Plan B????
     
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    Right now is recruiting season for international schools so if you wait much longer you could miss an opening for next school. Schools are beginning to interview, attend job fairs, and hire. So, if you are still planing on doing this for next school year, you'll need to be active about it now.
     
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    Travelling & teaching abroad is an experience of a lifetime, I'm sure. I've never done it, but I probably could. If I could try it for just 2-4 mos, that would be good for me to see how I liked it. I know, some may say, that's not nearly enough time to really immerse yourself & know if you'll like it, but I think it takes a certain kind of person. I'm independent in a certain way, but maybe not enough to do something like this. I'd want to do it w/ at least 1 friend.

    For those who are going to do it, enjoy!
     
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    Ahhhhh here I am again. Didn't get Fulbright the second time around either. Trying to figure out what to do this summer. I'm considering...
    Teaching English for 2 weeks in Poland (Global Volunteers)
    Doing a tour in Eastern Europe (Rick Steves' - Just don't know how I feel about going by myself)
    Another volunteer program (Cross Cultural Solutions is one of them - there are too many choices!!)
    Language Exchange Homestay (Greenheart Travel)

    Right now things are filling up for the summer. I can't figure out what to do!!
     
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    Hey Miss Kirby! I've done a lot of traveling (study abroad, on my own, with programs, etc) and now I'm teaching in Costa Rica. I could give you loads and loads of advice, and if you are interested I could PM you my blog about traveling and teaching abroad. I wrote an entry about your exact question, so let me just sum it up.

    1. Look into : helpx.net , workaway.info , and WWOOFing

    2. Travel by yourself. I'm a female and I traveled solo and you're never alone. Stay in hostels with common areas (kitchens, pool tables, etc) so that you can meet people to hang out with.

    3. Never PAY to volunteer. That's BS. There's plenty of programs you don't have to pay $2000 to do.

    4. Check out lonelyplanet.com 's forum. Great travel advice

    5. For working abroad- check out visa options and just go. When I moved to Costa Rica, I didn't have a job. I applied when I got here and found a great job and am currently applying for residency.

    Good luck and happy travels!
     
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    Thanks lucybelle! I'd love to see your blog.
     

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