Global Alert For DC Educators

January 23, 2017

This is a very busy season for applying for global education/international opportunities for educators and students. Don't miss out on these many free and almost free educational programs! Please review, and share with your students (we rely on you!), your colleagues, and your professional and personal networks. And please let us know if you apply or are selected for any of these great programs.


  1. Teachers of Critical Languages Program
  2. Americans Promoting Study Abroad
  3. Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
  4. U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program to Colombia
  5. Global Citizen Year
  6. Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP)
  7. 2017 AFSA National High School Essay Contest
  8. Panama Teacher Match
  9. Fund For Teachers
  10. Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) Study Tours
  11. World Learning Summer Program Facilitator Positions
  12. Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program
  13. NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
  14. Teachers fro Global Classrooms Program




Teachers of Critical Languages Program
Program Dates: 2017-18 School Year
Application Deadline: January 23, 2017
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), funded by the US State Department and administered by American Councils, places fully funded EFL teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco in US K-12 host schools for an academic year. The exchange teachers teach either Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic, and will also serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community. TCLP funds teachers' salaries, healthcare, R/T airfare, training, PD funds, and ongoing program support. The program also offers additional partially funded options. TCLP is a great way to start or grow an Arabic or Mandarin Language Program at your school. 
For further information and application instructions, refer to You can also contact TCLP staff at or 202-833-7522.




Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA)
Program Dates: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
The APSA China Scholars Program is a challenging and transformative 4-week summer program in Beijing that focuses on Chinese language study, cultural understanding, leadership development, and exposure to international careers. Globalize DC/CGEL has partnered with APSA since 2008, and this is the program featured in the documentary, Beyond The Wall. This year APSA offers both full scholarships (2) and partial scholarships. The application process for each is different. The deadline for all applications is February 10.

This summer APSA will offer two (2) full scholarships for students in DCPS or DC charter high schools. Full scholarship applicants must be 9-11th graders; with a 3.0 and/or +80% attendance rate; demonstrating financial need (free or reduced lunch students will qualify). Prior Chinese language study is NOT required for this year's program. 
Go to for more information about the program. To learn about the full scholarship opportunity, click here for instructions and here for a print-out of the application form. Applications must be completed online at

Partial scholarships are valued at about $1500, and make this summer China experience a great deal for those with the option to pay. Scholarship applicants must be 15-17, have a strong academic record and community involvement. Prior Chinese language study is not required.
Go to for more information. To learn about APSA's partial scholarships and the application process, click here.

Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
Program Dates: 2017-18 School Year
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
This is a fully funded gap year or 13th year abroad for graduating US high school students with a vocational or career education background (the organizers use a very broad definition of vocational/career education). Co-funded by the US Congress and the German Bundestag, and administered by Nacel Open Door, this prestigious program is for mature and motivated high school graduates, 18 or 19 years old by July 1 of the departure year, and US citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Prior German language study is not required. Participants will engage in two months of intensive German language training, host family placement, training/school attendance, and hands-on experience through an internship with a German company. Apply early! This is a great opportunity; Germany is known internationally for the excellence of its vocational programs.
For more information and to apply, click here or contact Sue Franck at or 1-800-622-3553 x603.


U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program to Colombia
Program Dates: July 5-30, 2017
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017
Partners of the Americas is seeking 15-17 year old students from DC and elsewhere who are interested in learning more about South America, practicing Spanish, becoming better leaders, engaging in volunteer service, and connecting with youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups. This free four-week summer program will take place in Washington, DC and Colombia. In Colombia, students will explore Colombian history, environment and culture; meet with government and civic organizations; build relationships with host families; visit schools; and participate in skills-based workshops. Applicants must be US citizens, have good academic standing, and an ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply. The program is funded by the US State Department.
For a program flyer, click here. For more information and to apply, go to


Global Citizen Year
Program Dates: 2017-18 School Year (this is a "Bridge" or Gap Year Program)
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Global Citizen Year (GCY) is a unique global bridge (gap) year program (for the year between high school and college) designed to unleash the potential of the next generation of young Americans as authentic leaders and effective agents of change. GCY is currently recruiting high potential graduating seniors to participate in their 2017-18 program of leadership training, language immersion, deep global learning experiences, and service. The year-long program begins in summer 2017 with pre-program activities, a training program in California, followed by an in-country orientation, ongoing language training, and six months living with a family and serving an apprenticeship in a community in Ecuador, Senegal, India, or Brazil, followed by a re-entry training seminar in San Francisco and a capstone experience in the student's home community. GCY provides generous, need-based scholarships (30% of GCY Fellows receive full scholarships).
For more information and to apply, go to


Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP)
Program Dates: 2017-18 School Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
DYLEP is an online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States, offered by World Learning and sponsored by the Stevens Initiative. Through DYLEP, students work together to develop their leadership skills and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. Selected students will participate in DYLEP at no cost and will gain experience using videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and games. Students will also meet online in small groups to exchange opinions towards global issues with students in Iraq. No travel is involved. Applicants must be 15-18 years old, and have completed at least one year of high school by June 2017; reside in the US; and have English language proficiency.
For more information and to apply, go to Questions? Email


2017 AFSA National High School Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2017
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) announces the 19th year of its national essay contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about the US Foreign Service. This year the essay contest is also supported by the US Institute of Peace, Semester at Sea, and the National Student Leadership Conference. This year's topic focuses on the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world, and challenges students to propose solutions. The winner receives $2,500, a trip to DC to meet the Secretary of State, and a Semester at Sea educational voyage. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.
For more information, go to Questions? Contact Perri Green at




Panama Teacher Match
Program Dates: Approximately six weeks from June 30th - August 13th, 2017
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Partners of the Americas, through a program funded by the United States Embassy in Panama, is seeking U.S. education professionals interested in volunteering in Panama during the summer of 2017 in an expense-paid six week program training and coaching Panamanian teachers of English. As a Panama Teacher Match volunteer, you will:
  • Spend 5-6 weeks in Panama in summer 2017
  • Participate in orientation upon arrival in Panama City
  • Complete a placement with Panamanian teachers in a public school, training and coaching local teachers
  • Receive a modest per diem for living expenses
  • Have international airfare and homestay accommodation covered at no cost to you
  • Access a new, robust professional network including cohort of teachers from all over the U.S. as well as Panamanian teachers
To learn more and to apply, click here.


Fund For Teachers
Program Dates: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
This is a unique opportunity to design your own global professional education experience! Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, may apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000 for a summer learning experience of their own design.
Go to for additional information and to apply online. Questions? Contact Salma Zaky at or 281-302-2753.


Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) Study Tours
Program Dates: Various dates in summer 2017
Application Deadline: February 3, 2017
TOP is a public/private partnership that promotes education about Germany, fosters intercultural dialogue, and provides opportunities for North American educators and decisionmakers to experience Germany. TOP invites social studies and STEM educators to apply for its all-expenses-paid study tours to Germany for summer 2017. These international study tours are two weeks in length (specific dates are listed on the application forms), and will be customized to address the specific interests of the selected participants. The emphasis is on contemporary German issues. Knowledge of German is not a requirement. Also, explore the TOP website to learn about additional educator resources to support teaching and learning about Germany.
To learn more and to apply, click here.


World Learning Summer Program Facilitator Positions
Program Dates: Summer 2017
World Learning is a nonprofit organization empowering people and strengthening institutions through education, development, and exchange programs in more than 60 countries. World Learning invites DC educators, who are interested in experiencing global exchange first-hand, to apply to be a program facilitator on one or more of their summer youth program. These positions are residential, high commitment, low wages, hard work, extremely rewarding, and a lot of fun engaging with international youth.
If you're interested, click here and then click on New Program Facilitator position descriptions.


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program
Program Dates: Various dates from spring to fall 2017 (mostly summer)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program offers a fully funded Short-Term Program for K-12 US teachers and other educators (media specialists/librarians, counselors, curriculum specialists) to engage in 2-6 week collaborative projects abroad. Participants consult and support projects in schools, nonprofits, and other educational institutions. Participants may travel to Botswana, Colombia, India, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, South Korea, or Vietnam. Program dates and projects vary by country. Eligible applicants must be US citizens, with a master's degree (or enrolled in a master's program). This program is funded by the Department of State and administered by IIE.
For more information and to apply, click here.


NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
Program Dates: SY2017-18; travel in summer 2018
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017
The Global Learning Fellowship provides 12 months of professional development opportunities to support teachers as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. The program includes online coursework on globalizing classroom instruction; webinars; a fellows ning site; a fall 2017 PD workshop; and a 9-day international field experience (expected to be South Africa) in summer 2018. Applicants must be active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers (preference for teachers with more than 5 years experience). This is a fully funded opportunity.
For more information and to apply, click here.


Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)
Program Dates: 2017-2018 (with travel component in spring or summer 2018)
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, funded by the US Department of State and administered by IREX, is a year-long professional development fellowship for K-12 teachers from the US aiming to become leaders in global education. Approximately 80 teachers will be selected nationwide for the 2017-18 program. The TGC Program includes an online professional development course, a Washington, DC Global Education Symposium in early 2018, and a 2-3 week international field experience in spring or summer 2018. Participants must develop a Capstone Project and are eligible for alumni grant opportunities. Applicants must be US citizens who are full time K-12 teaching professionals (teachers, library/media specialists) with 5 or more years of classroom experience.
For further information and to apply, click here. Questions? Call 202-628-8188 or email


If you have questions or wish to pass along other global opportunities to us so that we can share with others, please contact:

Sally Schwartz

Executive Director, Globalize DC

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