The summer months have always been a great time for teachers to explore their interests, learn more about the world and deepen their teaching practice. And there’s no better way to spend those two months of freedom than traveling the world.
Since travel costs can add up quickly, many teachers seek to get the most from their time abroad by participating in a program with a built-in educational component, ideally one that confers academic or professional credit.
For K-12 teachers looking for funding sources to attend ThisWorldMusic’s UMass-accredited Summer Study in Ghana program, or similar arts-based professional development programs, here is a partial list to help with your search:
- Fund for Teachers
- National Education Association (NEA) Foundation
- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
- The Rural School and Community Trust Global Teacher Fellowship
- Jerome Foundation (for Minnesota- and NYC-based arts professionals only)
Other possible funding sources:
- Crowdfunding sites: Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe
- Foundation Center Information Network (grant search engine)
- Local cultural council in your area
- Your school’s PTO/PTA
Although ThisWorldMusic does not provide scholarships, we can work with program participants to create a customized tuition payment plan with low, interest-free monthly installments. To find out more, contact us.
Know of additional grants or other funding sources that are available to teachers for summer professional development programs abroad? Leave a comment or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.