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 2019: Qatar and Oman

April 7 - 19, 2019
Academic escorts: Craig Cangemi (QFI) and Katie Aslan
(UT Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies)

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), GEEO and the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies are partnering to offer a funded cultural immersion trip for up to sixteen K-12 educators to Qatar and Oman from April 7, 2019 through April 19, 2019.

Program Overview

During this program, participants will explore the city of Doha, Qatar and visit renowned museums and cultural sites such as the Museum of Islamic Art, visit educational institutions including the Qatar National Library and connect with teachers in the country to gain a better understanding of the country’s education system. After visiting Qatar, participants will travel to Oman to journey through the city of Muscat and enjoy the natural landscapes and history of the country including visits to the Wahiba Sands desert and Wadi Nahkr, known as the Grand Canyon of Oman.

In-country guides will provide historical and cultural insights into both countries while evening group sessions with representatives from QFI and 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 application process, please visit here or you can visit GEEO's website here.

Funding and Logistics*

The following expenses will be fully funded and arranged by QFI:

  • Airfare
  • Meals in Qatar
  • Lodging
  • Ground Transportation
  • GEEO Oman Program Costs and Activities
  • Activities in Qatar 

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

Application Process and Deadline:
Application Opens:  Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5pm EST – please note that the application will not be open for completion or submission until this date and time.

Application Deadline: QFI will close the application process upon the submission of 100 applications or on Friday, November 30, 2018.

How To Apply: To apply, you must register and complete the application in QFI’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at qfi.fluidreview.com. You will not be able to access the application until it opens on November 1, 2018 and it will not appear in the system until this date.  

Applicant Eligibility and Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Be a current K-12 teacher in a public or public charter school in the United States
  • Demonstrate that he/she provides, or intends to provide, classroom instruction on topics related to the Middle East/Arab World

The applicant must complete and submit the following tasks:

  • Complete application in FluidReview
  • Resume
  • Lesson plan developed about the Middle East or Arab World
  • Signed letter of permission from school administration to attend the trip

Contact Information
Qatar Foundation International – Please direct all questions regarding the following to Craig Cangemi at ccangemi@qfi.org.

  • Application process in FluidReview
  • Questions regarding what is included and not included in the trip
  • All aspects of the Qatar portion of the trip

GEEO – Please direct all questions regarding the following to Jesse Weisz at jesse@geeo.org.

  • All aspects of the Oman portion of the trip (except for air travel)

Past Programs:

  • 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 Break