Selection Process

U.S. teachers submitted applications to IIE by Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Following the application deadline, each applicant was reviewed for eligibility, required experience, credentials, and completeness of the application. Eligible U.S. applicants were evaluated by Review Committees, who recommend the highest quality applications for final consideration by Hilton Worldwide. Review committees consisted of primary and secondary teachers, university administrators, international education professionals, and program alumni. Review committee members used the following criteria:

Teach Abroad Grant

  • Teacher Profile: Experience, overall quality of the submission, overall suitability for the program
  • Motivation and Adaptability: Initiative, willingness to adapt to a foreign environment, motivation to work independently
  • Teach Abroad Grant Criteria: The applicant clearly and creatively articulated their desire to teach language and American culture workshops to Hilton employees abroad
  • Follow On Activities: The applicant clearly articulated a plan to share the Teacher Treks Program experience with students and colleagues

Travel Grant

  • Teacher Profile: Experience, overall quality of the submission, overall suitability for the program
  • Program Feasibility: Trip feasibility and availability of property within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio
  • Motivation and Adaptability: Initiative, willingness to adapt to a foreign environment, motivation to work independently
  • Travel Grant Criteria: The applicant clearly and creatively articulated where and what their trip would entail and how their experiences would help them educate their students and contribute to their personal or professional goals.
  • Follow On Activities: The applicant clearly articulated a plan to share the Teacher Treks Program experience with students and colleagues

All applicants were notified of their selection status by late March 2014.

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