FACT

Of the 23.7 million people in Texas who are five years of age or older, more than a third speak a language other than English at home. A large majority of those — almost 85 percent — speak Spanish.

The Traveling Teacher Program is designed for educators that want to improve their Spanish in order to better serve the students and families with whom they work. This is achieved through total language immersion, one-on-one language tutoring focusing on vocabulary specific to education, and the opportunity to practice Spanish in real educational settings.

The methodology of “total immersion” is effective at promoting rapid language acquisition and fostering linguistic confidence.

Traveling Teacher Program includes:

  • 3 weeks abroad in Guatemala
  • 75 hours of one-on-one language tutoring with a focus on technical, pedagogical, and didactic vocabulary related to educational systems
  • Home-stay with a local family that includes all meals and private accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Volunteer coordination providing classes in art, music, computer skills and English to children from families with limited economic resources
  • Opportunities to practice your Spanish and vocabulary in real educational settings
  • Socially engaged lectures, film screenings, and day trips
  • Weekly excursions in and around the community
  • In-country meet-ups with your Casita Institute coordinator

TRAVELING TEACHER PROGRAM IS JUNE 23 - JULY 15, 2018.

June 14 Pre-travel meeting

June 23 Airport pick-up in Guatemala City and travel to Antigua

June 24 Welcome breakfast and tour of Antigua

June 24 Travel to Quetzaltenango and meet your host family

June 25 First day of class!

July 13 Last day of class and graduation celebration!

July 14 Travel to Antigua, final group dinner, and celebration

July 15 Travel to Guatemala City airport and return home

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN IMMERSION EXPERIENCE?

  • Enhance control and fluency of academic Spanish
  • Boost linguistic confidence
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the realities of a Central American country to foster a more empathetic classroom culture
  • Participate in cross-cultural and economic exchange within a language school that promotes social equity in its local community
  • Build character through new and unique experiences!

COST

How much is it?

The cost of the Traveling Teacher Program is $3,000.

TUITION INCLUDES:

  • 3 weeks abroad
  • All in-country transportation, accommodations and meals
  • 25 hours/week one-on-one Spanish tutoring
  • In-country Casita Institute program coordinators
  • Volunteer coordination while abroad
  • Daily excursions and activities
  • Visits to local schools and cultural sites

I'M A TEACHER. DO I HAVE TO PAY THIS TUITION?

Most school districts see the value of our program and will support their teachers. In addition, there are multiple grants out there to help educators fund this experience. We are advocates for our teacher clients and can help you navigate this process, but it's important to start the process as early as possible. Contact us for further information.

I'M A SCHOOL OR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR. WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR THIS PROGRAM?

  • Engaging and rewarding professional development increases teacher retention and helps build a stronger school culture.
  • We can supply you with a contract addendum designed to motivate teacher retention.

HOW CAN I GET MONEY TO HELP ME PAY FOR THE CASITA INSTITUTE TUITION?

There are grants and crowdsourcing options out there available to teachers who are interested! It is important to start the process as early as possible and we are more than happy to assist in this process. We will be hosting monthly Fund Searching Workshops in the Fall and Spring - check in the Upcoming Events page for more details.

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Individuals may apply for up to $2,000.

Application deadlines are: February 1 (notified by April 15), June 1 (notified by September 15), and October 15 (notified by January 15).

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through the Learning & Leadership grants, the NEA supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research.

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DonorsChoose is a platform that connects teachers to donors from all over the country. People give what they feel inspired to give and their donations are tax-deductible. Tap into their network and reach out to your own. Over 75% of teachers reach their funding goal and the process is easy - set up your project and share it with their network and yours.

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GoFundMe is a fundraising platform that makes its simple to share your story and cause with your friends, family, and beyond. It's simple to create and share!

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Individuals may apply for up to $5,000.

Applications are available October , due by January 31, and recipients will be notified by early April.

Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that transform student learning and achievement.

Enjoyed the Traveling Teacher experience?

Casita Institute alumni can return to Guatemala the following year to continue benefiting from the immersion experience by applying for the Enrichment Fellowship. Click here to find out more!