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Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program Center for International Education and Graduate Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St., Rm. 6076, Washington, DC 20006-8521; (202) 502-7700 or (202) 502-7625; E-mail: excellent program offers approximately 8 to 10 seminars on language, history, culture, and current events in a variety of settings: Egypt, Hungary, India, Brazil, and South Africa are just some past examples. Travel and all expenses for K–12 and university-level educators are covered.  Annual fall deadline.

Fulbright Memorial Fund (FMF) Teacher Program Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580, (888) 527-2636; Web site: The FMF is an opportunity for U.S. primary and secondary teachers and administrators to participate in a three-week study visit to Japan. The program, fully funded by the Japanese government, aims to increase the level of understanding between Japan and the United States and to provide a significant opportunity for the professional development of educators. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are employed full time in any discipline as a teacher or administrator for grades 1–12.

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520, (202) 314- 3520; fax, (202) 479-6806; E-mail:;   Web site:   http:// Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 K–12 teachers and administrators expand understanding of countries around the world. Program options are for a one-to-one exchange of positions with teachers or administrators for six weeks, a semester, or a full academic year.

Global Educators Program 1455 Evergreen Dr., River Falls, WI 54022, (715) 425-6904; fax, (715) 425- 3696; E-mail:; Web site: The Global Educators Program provides educators with short-term, three- to four-week team-teaching and/or shadowing experiences in school sites around the world. All participants register for a six-credit continuing education graduate course, “Gaining a Global Perspective through Cultural Immersion;” credit is offered through the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. The program allows each educator to design a personalized professional development plan to meet his or her specific needs and interests.

Global Exchange 2017 Mission St. #303, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 255-7296; fax, (415) 255-7498; E-mail:; Web site: Founded in 1988, Global Exchange has striven to increase global awareness among the U.S. public while building international partnerships around the world.  Global Exchange’s Reality Tours offer an alternative way to travel; they allow people to go past what they read in the media and travel beyond hotels and beaches.

Global TeachNet 1900 L St. NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20036-5002, (202) fax (202) 293-7554; E-mail:; Website: Web site: http:// /pages/globalteachnet.cfm A program of the National Peace Corps Association, Global provides grants to K–12 teachers to disseminate and adapt classroom programs, produces global education materials, workshops and conferences, and provides information about teacher- programs. Membership benefits include a bimonthly newsletter, quarterly magazine, and listserv announcements.

Global Volunteers Program (800) 487-1074; Web site: Global Volunteers, a nonprofit, nonsectarian, international organization, coordinates service learning programs that offer educators the opportunity to participate in short-term human and economic development projects in more than 15 countries worldwide, including China, Vietnam, Tanzania, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Greece. Programs last from one to three weeks.

Goldman Sachs Foundation prizes for global schools This $25,000 annual award is offered to one US elementary and one secondary school that best exemplify ways to get students involved in global learning.  There are also prizes to media, university outlets. 

International Exchange Locator: A Resource Directory for Educational and Cultural Exchange Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036, (888) 304-9023; fax, (202) 293-6144;  Web site: Teachers who order this directory will possess an almost limitless list of addresses, application deadlines, and detailed information to arrange exchanges in all parts of the world. The 300 -plus page directory contains more than 250 nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and congressional committees engaged in international exchange.

International Education – State Reports What are other US states doing in international education?  Read brief reports on what 20 states are doing.  Check out this web site, produced by the Asia Society in NYC – it has wonderful information, including:  Why does international education matter?  What are goals of international education?  Press Kit;   International Studies Schools;   Opportunities for States;  Goldman Sachs Foundation prizes for schools;  US-China Exchange;  Classroom Resources;  Success Stories. 

International Education Week International Education Week isin November, the full week before the week of ThanksgivingAdd your school’s, organization’s, or city’s events to their calendar, get on their list serv, and excellent resources for teachers year-round. 

Skills for Global Literacy American Forum for Global Education Web site:  Excerpted fromCollins / Czarra / Smitharticle on Guidelines for International Education:  Challenges, Cultures, and Connections.  This excellent article outlines objectives for inquiry, action, and dialogue, as students study Global Challenges, Global Cultures, and Global Connections.  The guidelines are summarized in Wisconsin’s International Education Guide (see below). 

Teachers for Africa Program International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), 5040 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85003, (480) 443-1800, Tel; (480) 443-1824, fax. Since 1992 IFESH has placed over 500 American teacher-volunteers in African schools, colleges, and government education agencies. IFESH is a nonprofit development organization that strives to improve living conditions for the poor and disadvantaged in sub-Saharan Africa. Monthly stipends and international and in-country travel expenses are paid by IFESH.

Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet Web site: This collaboration of Internet-active teachers, the U.S. Department of Education, and i*EARN-USA promotes classroom connectivity across borders. It features a wonderful array of sample K-12 projects in many subject areas, and tells how to get started and places to find active interconnects.

Wisconsin’s International Education Guide Web site:  Web site:; Toll free:  (800) 243-8782;   (608) 267-9110, FAX Planning Curriculum in International Education, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  342 pp of global teaching activities, standards, guidelines and check lists for teachers and communities interested in connecting their classrooms to the world. 

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