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 Break 2018: Morocco

March 10 - 17, 2018

Academic escort: Katie Aslan, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Perfect for travelers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to explore the dunes before experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fès and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Texas that will provide you with additional knowledge and help you think of ways to use the experience for your classroom. This program is open to all educators and their guests.

Now offering a limited number of $500 travel stipends! Please contact kaslan@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

What's Included

  • Traditional Moroccan Lunch
  • Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp
  • Volubilis guided tour
  • Fes guided tour
  • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
  • Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah visit
  • Marrakech medina guided walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private air-con van, camel, walking
  • Comfort Class Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included.)
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guides.

What's Not Included

  • International air (approximately $950 – 1,200 from Austin or Houston)
  • Incidentals
  • Travel Health Insurance, Cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Airport Taxes
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Beverages, meals not mentioned above
  • Optional Tours or optional admissions
  • Airport Transfers, unless otherwise mentioned in inclusions.

For more information and to sign up: https://www.geeo.org/tours/MoroccoSpring/

Questions? Contact Katie Aslan at kaslan@austin.utexas.edu or Jessie Weisz at GEEO, jesse@geeo.org.

Summer 2018: India and Nepal

July 23 – August 7, 2018
Academic escort: Rachel Meyer, South Asia Institute
This trip is meant to be family-friendly. Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews (11 years or older) on this amazing journey through Northern India and Nepal. If you’re looking to experience the diversity of India and Nepal, this 16-day trip contrasts the colorful culture of India with the pristine serenity of Nepal's Himalayan mountains. From the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to a 4x4 safari in Chitwan National Park, our expert tour leader will take you through a region of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality before revealing to you the rugged Himalayan landscape of Nepal’s magical capital, Kathmandu.
GEEO and the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Texas, who will help you process the experience for your classroom. UT's representative has a graduate degree in Cultural Anthropology. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she lived in Varanasi for a total of 3 years studying Hindi and conducting research on women and families. 
This program is open to all educators and their family members and guests.
What's Included:
  • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
  • Delhi Day tour
  • India Gate and Connaught Place visit (Delhi)
  • Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal tour (Jaipur)
  • Taj Mahal entrance
  • Orchha Palace complex visit
  • Ganges River boat trips at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony (Varanasi)
  • Varanasi orientation walk along the ghats and old city
  • Buddha's birthplace visit (Lumbini)
  • Chitwan National Park jeep safari
  • Stay with the indigenous Tharu community( Chitwan)
  • Sarangkot sunrise excursion (Pokhara)
  • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
  • Kathmandu orientation walk
  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) visit
  • Border crossing support
  • G Adventures Tour leader throughout, local guides.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by train, metro, local bus, charter bus, private van, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, tempo, jeep, riverboat.
  • 15 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Recommended budget of $400-$520 for your meals)
  • Arrival transfer in New Delhi through Women on Wheels
  • Upgraded hotels (14 nights), Sleeper train (1 night)
What's Not Included:
  • International air
  • Optional Tours or optional admissions
  • Optional Tours or optional admissions
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport Taxes
  • Applicable visas
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Incidentals
  • Cancelation Insurance (Optional)
You can register now with a deposit of $250; the balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
For more information and to sign up: https://www.geeo.org/tours/FamilyIndiaNepal/. Questions? Contact Rachel Meyer at rachelmeyer@austin.utexas.edu or Jessie Weisz at GEEO, jesse@geeo.org.

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