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.
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
The cost of the Traveling Teacher Program is $3,000.
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?
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.
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).
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Applications are available October , due by January 31, and recipients will be notified by early April.
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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!