Program Components

Teachers of all subjects may apply to this program for the opportunity to go abroad. Hilton Teacher Treks applicants should choose one of the following two tracks as a focus for their program—Teach Abroad Grant or Travel Grant.

Teach Abroad Grant

The Teacher Treks Program “Teach Abroad” track was established to allow ESL/ELL teachers the opportunity to teach abroad for 2-3 weeks to provide educational workshops to Hilton Worldwide employees in key emerging hotel markets. The purpose of Teach Abroad is to increase Hilton Worldwide employees’ knowledge of American culture and customs in hotel markets that will see an influx of American tourists.

K-12 Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Learners (ELL) are eligible to apply to the Teach Abroad option of the Teacher Treks Program. Selected Teach Abroad awardees will be placed at a Hilton Worldwide hotel for 2-3 weeks to provide language and cultural enrichment classes about American culture and customs to Hilton Worldwide employees. The class schedule will be determined jointly with the teacher and the Hilton Worldwide property. The curriculum and lesson plans will be designed entirely by the teacher. IIE will provide pre-departure training on best practices for cross-cultural education workshops. Teachers who apply to this track of the Teacher Treks Program must be willing to go abroad to a country of Hilton Worldwide’s designation. IIE will work with Hilton Worldwide to determine the placement of teachers in key areas around the world. The timeline for this track of the program is during the 2014 summer months (June-August).

Teachers who receive the Teach Abroad Grant will be connected with a Hilton Worldwide Cultural Ambassador before their Trek to aid the teacher in coordinating and scheduling the classes at the Hilton Worldwide property. The Teach Abroad awardee and the Hilton Worldwide Cultural Ambassador will participate in a day-long cultural excursion together in the host country at the end of the teacher’s placement.

Travel Grant

The Hilton Teacher Treks “Travel Grant” track was established to recognize teachers who build awareness of cultural diversity within the classroom and to provide an opportunity for them to further their commitment to acting as cultural curators and molding the future generation of travelers.

K-12 Teachers of all subjects may apply to the Travel Grant option of the Teacher Treks Program. Travel Grant awardees are offered the opportunity to go abroad for 2-3 weeks to travel, explore and experience culture firsthand. Teachers will choose their destination of travel and develop their own itineraries. Teachers who receive the Travel Grant will be required to travel to any of the countries where Hilton Worldwide has hotel properties (including its affiliate brands). Applicants can browse Hilton Worldwide properties online. The timeline for this track of the program is during the 2014 summer months (June-August).

Travel Grant awardees will be connected with a Hilton Worldwide Cultural Ambassador before their Trek to learn more about the local culture before arriving in the host country. The Travel Grant awardee and the Hilton Worldwide Cultural Ambassador will participate in a day-long cultural excursion together in the host country. The remaining portion of the teacher’s time abroad is of his/her design.

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