Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Teacher Travel Abroad

For the past several years, MES outreach has organized short-term educational programs for K-12 educators to travel to the Middle East.  In addition to visiting sites under the guidance of an experienced, credentialed guide, groups are accompanied by an academic escort from the University of Texas who helps participants process the experience for their classrooms.

Spring Break 2018: Morocco

Note: A limited number of $500 scholarships available. Please contact for more details.

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.

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.

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:

Questions? Contact Katie Aslan at or Jessie Weisz at GEEO,

Previous destinations have included:

  • 2016: Moorish Spain
  • 2013: Heart of the Silk Route
  • 2012: Morocco
  • 2011: Egypt (cancelled)
  • 2010: Egypt
  • 2009: Turkey

Other programs:

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad. GEEO hopes to make America more outward-looking by helping teachers travel and then giving them an effective way to share these experiences in their classrooms. We have worked with GEEO on the spring break in Peru and Uzbekistan programs in 2013, and are planning additional future collaborations with them.

National Geographic Student Expeditions
Designed for high school students, these active, hands-on expeditions combine education and adventure with "on assignment" projects that allow students to focus on a particular area of interest—photography, writing, culture, or conservation. With dynamic group leaders and a visiting National Geographic expert, students will spend three weeks exploring fascinating places like Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, China, India, Belize, or Spain. 

Studies Abroad for Global Education
SAGE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing lives through educational travel.  We work directly with teachers to design an experience abroad that matches the curriculum and interests of your class.  Further your study of apartheid in the classroom by working with a South African nonprofit dedicated to promoting peace through live music.  Work with indigenous populations in Guatemala; volunteer at a fair trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic; or study globalization by visiting a call center in India. SAGE's extensive network of contacts and resources in each location allows us to offer custom-designed itineraries and cultural immersion experiences that meet the unique needs of each individual group.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, provides secondary-school teachers from Europe, Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. U.S. secondary teachers have the opportunity to take part in a two- week reciprocal visit to a participating TEA country where they will be hosted by a TEA fellow.  The US teachers’ program overseas combines opportunities to work with their foreign peers and learn about the host culture – lessons that they can use to promote mutual understanding in their US classroom.  Applications are usually due in late October for the following spring and summer. 


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