This summer, I had the opportunity to study in Cusco, Perú for two weeks with a scholarship from SCOLT. It was my first time in South America and such a gift to experience in a study abroad setting. As required by my scholarship, I made a video about my trip. Without further ado, here are my travel tips for Cusco!
A partial list of travel scholarships for language teachers:
SCOLT Scholarships: https://www.scolt.org/index.php/scholarships – Deadline is January 31, 2019
AATSP Scholarships: https://www.aatsp.org/page/StudyAbroadScholars – Deadline is January 31, 2019 – may include a stipend for travel expenses
Central States – https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/page-1860390 – Deadline is November 30, 2018
Southwest States Scholarships: https://www.swcolt.org/awards – Deadline is December 31, 2018
I feel like many teachers who are interested in travel don’t apply because they assume they won’t get it or that the other applicants will be better. My attitude is that if you don’t apply, you definitely won’t win! Just by putting in the effort to fill out the application, ask for letters of recommendation and write the essays you are putting yourself way ahead of the majority of potential applicants. I have applied for many scholarships and grants over the past few years and got all but one – which I was the recipient for the next year!* If you want to travel and have the freedom to do so, study abroad programs are a great way to experience another country. Don’t discount your credentials before you ever apply!
*Also, when you make it a habit to apply for things, you’ll find you can recycle many of your essays! And your recommenders can recycle their letters too 🙂