Teachers of all subjects were able to apply to this program for the opportunity to go abroad. Hilton Teacher Treks applicants chose 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 was 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) were eligible to apply to the Teach Abroad option of the Teacher Treks Program. Selected Teach Abroad awardees were 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 was determined jointly with the teacher and the Hilton Worldwide property. The curriculum and lesson plans were designed entirely by the teacher. IIE provided pre-departure training on best practices for cross-cultural education workshops. IIE worked with Hilton Worldwide to determine the placement of teachers in key areas around the world.
Teachers who received the Teach Abroad Grant were 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 participated in a day-long cultural excursion together in the host country at the end of the teacher's placement.
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 were able to apply to the Travel Grant option of the Teacher Treks Program. Travel Grant awardees were offered the opportunity to go abroad for 2-3 weeks to travel, explore and experience culture firsthand. Teachers chose their destination of travel and developed their own itineraries. Teachers who received the Travel Grant were required to travel to any of the countries where Hilton Worldwide has hotel properties (including its affiliate brands).
Travel Grant awardees were 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 participated 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.