Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer travel programs designed for educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. 

GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2014: India Spring Break, Morocco Spring Break, India/Nepal, Italy, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Costa Rica, Peru, and The Galapagos Islands. The registration deadline is June 1, 2014, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline. 

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are eight to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached seven days a week, toll free at 877-600-0105 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Earn PD, graduate credit in the Amazon Rainforest

Join a cadre of scientists and spirited teacher educators in Peru, July 1 to 11, 2014, for the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. This travel opportu­nity, sponsored by Environmental Expedi­tions, is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn innovative instructional approaches and protocols, and work side by side with scientists while exploring one of the world’s most important natural resources—the Amazon rainforest.

  • Small group field study includes:
  • 21st-Century Instruction: 5E Lesson De­sign, inquiry-based exploration, STEM problem-based learning
  • Inquiry protocols and resources: Project Learning Tree, GLOBE, Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth
  • Global and cultural perspectives: service learning, sustainability, global education
  • Rainforest Topics: rainforest plants and ecology, medicinal plants biodiversity in the tropics, biomimicry camouflage and adaptation field research, reptiles and amphibians canopy walkway, forest level comparisons Amazon watershed, sustainability rainforest conservation and climate change.
  • Academic Credit and a Machu Picchu extension are optional. The land cost is $2,140, plus airfare, but $1,000 professional development scholarships are available at www.amazonworkshops.com/educators--naturalists.html. The website also features complete details and a syllabus.

For more information, contact Christa Dillabaugh, academy program coordina­tor, at christa@amazonworkshops.com or 800-431-3634.