Teacher Travel Abroad

Hemispheres actively promotes opportunities for K-12 educators to travel abroad to build their own background knowledge and gain invaluable experience overseas. 

Short-Term Teacher Travel

To meet the demand of educators who want a quality travel experience, Hemispheres's centers frequently offer shorter programs abroad that combine an academic approach with a short, intense travel experience.  We try to keep these affordable for educators.  Announcements about funding competitions and grants that support teacher travel can be found on our Professional Development page.

Teacher Spring Break & Summer Trips

Hemispheres' constituent programs have conducted the following programs during Texas's spring break (usually the second full week in March), and during the summer. In addition to visiting sites under the guidance of an experienced, credentialled guide, groups are accompanied by an academic escort from the University of Texas who helps participants process the experience for their classrooms.

Upcoming Trips

Spring 2020: Moorish Spain

March 15 - 22, 2020
Academic escort: Katie Aslan, UT Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Program Overview

During this program, educators will visit the major highlights of Andalucia (southern Spain): the ornate palace of Alhambra in Granada, Córdoba (an architectural mainstay of Islamic culture), and the Andalucian capital of Seville, home of flamenco dancing. Pair it all up with time in Madrid and Barcelona, and you’ll never run out of fun things to do, eat, or see.

An in-country guide will provide historical and cultural insights, while evening group sessions with a representative from the University of Texas at Austin will facilitate curriculum connections and discussion.

For the complete program announcement, which includes full details regarding the trip, what is included and not included, as well as the registration process, please visit GEEO's website.

Cost and Potential Funding:

$1,534 if booked by June 22nd ($1,615 thereafter)

*Please view the full program announcement to find out what is included and not included in this trip.

K-12 educators may apply for educator professional development grants for this trip through Qatar Foundation International. Please see their website for more information.
Please contact Jesse Weisz at GEEO or Katie Aslan at UT Austin with any questions! 


Past Programs:

  • Teacher's Spring Break in Oman and Qatar, 2019
  • Summer Program in India and Nepal, 2018
  • Teacher's Spring Break in Morocco 2018
  • Summer Program in Myanmar (Burma), 2016
  • Moorish Spain, March 2016
  • Summer Program in the Baltics and Saint Petersburg, July, 2015
  • Summer Program in Sri Lanka, August 2015
  • Summer Program in Turkey, July 2015 (cancelled)
  • Teacher's Spring Break in India, March 2014
  • The Heart of the Silk Route (Uzbekistan), June 2013
  • Teacher's Spring Break in Peru 2013
  • Teacher's Spring Break in Morocco 2012
  • Teacher's Spring Break in Egypt 2011 (canceled due to Egyptian revolution)
  • Teacher's Spring Break in Egypt 2010
  • Bridge Across Civilizations (Turkey) 2009

 2018 Morocco Spring BreakQatar 2019