Teachers: Once in a Lifetime Professional Development Opportunity Now Open!

Calling all teachers—this is the moment you’ve been waiting for! We’re looking for 25 K-12 educators currently teaching in the U.S. or Canada, to join us in 2015 for an all-expense-paid, adventure of a lifetime.

This field-based PD experience could take you to the Arctic, Greenland, the Galapagos, Holland & Belgium, or even Antarctica!

Svalbard, Norway
Photograph by Susan Seubert

Applications are open until January 4. 

Click here to learn more and apply today!

Photograph by Valerie Craig
Grosvenor Teacher Fellows, EX71415, Kathryn Zimmann, Alison Ball
Photograph by Eric Guth

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience. 

47 thoughts on “Teachers: Once in a Lifetime Professional Development Opportunity Now Open!

  1. Hi,
    I applied for the program and am currently waiting to hear back. The site says applicants will be notified by phone in February. If I was chosen would I have already been notified? I just wanted to check. I will continue to keep my fingers crossed during this final week in February 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    Jane Wyche

    1. Hi Jane,

      The 2015 Fellows have been selected and were notified of their selection. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants we are not able to provide feedback on individual applications.

      Please do consider applying for the program next year — applications will be available in December.


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  3. Hello,
    Im sorry if i missed this in the information. There is no stipend for this program. Is that correct? One would just need to take a year off of their regular teaching position?

    1. Hello Rosie, This is a not that type of commitment. It is a short-term travel opportunity that is not anticipated to interrupt your school year.

  4. Do you provide child care coverage for our children and substitute teachers for our students?
    If so, I have five exceptional teachers who would love to join you!

  5. i am commenting on one of the best teachers I know. Her name is Ann Spear. She teaches 1st grade but has taught other grades as well. She has 25+ years experience and is excellent at making these subjects interesting and memorable to each of her students. She is a wonderful team player at this small private school in South Florida. She sacrifices a grander salary to continue to make an impression on these young lives in this small school. This opportunity would be unavailable to her except through a program like this.
    Please consider this teacher for your program.
    Thank you!
    Conni Brantley

  6. Am a geography Teacher educator in Ghana teaching geography, history , citizenship and business studies covering KS3 and KS4. Is this lifetime opportunity to learn and increase knowledge opened to teacher Educators in Ghana.

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thank you so much for letting us know where and what you teach! It is wonderful to see that you have found our resources. Let us know how else we can help. Unfortunately, the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is only open to educators in the United States and Canada, teaching in the United States or Canada. We wish we could open it up to further international participation, but at this time our resources do not allow for this to occur. Thank you for your interest and best wishes. -Jeanethe, National Geographic Education.

  7. What a great experience! I want to be in your program. I teach 9th and 11th grade English in Wendover, NV. I have lots of National Geographic magazines in my classroom for students to read and understand the world.

  8. I’m extremely interested in this program, please send me all pertinent information.

  9. Hi!! Im a teacher in Puerto Rico. Its sound good. ! I want to be with your program.

  10. It’s a wonderful experience! ! I want to be with your programa.

  11. I am a retired educator of 36 years. My main focus during my career was to make Social Studies, Geography, and Foreign Languages come alive through hands-on activities and to encourage my students to pursue their own dreams by sharing stories of my adventures around the world. I would love to have the opportunity to travel to Antarctica—my last continent—and return to share my experiences as a traveling teacher, presenting to students and fellow retirees who are not able to travel. I’ve always had wanderlust and it’s a privilege to pay it forward. The greatest gift that I’ve received from my former students is a sharing of their own adventures and thanking me for planting the seed long ago—to dream big!

  12. Liz England
    Hello National Geographic,
    I grew up traveling the world through your publications. Currently I teach 8th grade at Sutter Middle School in Folsom, CA. I’m a PE teacher who incorporates life experiences and relevant topics to make learning tangible. I’ve taught ancient civilizations and just returned from Greece with first hand experiences of viewing glimpses of the ancient world. I grew up in Brazil and share my language and culture (especially dance) with my students. I would love to expand my horizons and life experiences to share more with my students.

    I’s excited about the prospect of traveling with NG! I look forward to hearing from you.
    Liz England

  13. I would love to be considered I teach 7,8 and 9th grade in a bilingual school in La Paz Mexico.

  14. Hi, My name is Boogii and I’m Mongoian. I have worked as a PA one of the International school of Mongolia. Nowadays I’m teaching First graders at another school.

    I hope you will consider me for this fellowship and I looked forward to hearing from you.

  15. Love the opportunity. I’ve been teaching 8 years and the experience would be so enriching to share with colleagues, family, and friends.

  16. I think at least one of our teachers from Unity ,Sask. Canada should apply for this
    This would be an amazing life time opportunity

  17. My name is Michelle Brown, I currently have a grade one assignment in an urban school in Toronto, Canada. I am very keen on qualifying for this amazing adventure where I would have the opportunity to learn about other lands and the stories of those lands. I teach using Indigenous Perspectives of reciprocal relations with the land we live on. I use many facets of environmental stewardship to guide my teaching practice. I work from the place of responsibility to the land, the earth and all it offers.

  18. I’m an American teacher-librarian working at a school in Hong Kong. There are a lot of amazing American and Canadian educators working at international schools around the world that would also benefit from this professional development opportunity. Please consider opening this experience up to educators regardless of where they are employed.

  19. Hello GTF and Nat Geo,
    My name is Adam DePiro and I am currently employed as a 7th/8th grade Social Studies teacher at Tyrone Area Middle School in lovely Tyrone, PA. I have spent the last 6 years traveling all over the map to places like Boston, Philadelphia, Kitty Hawk, and to many other places to name. I am currently in New Orleans after coming back from watching the Orion launch into space with my Uncle who has been working on the crew module for the last 10 years. Everywhere I go, I acquire primary resources so that my students can touch a piece of history and I think that this fellowship would offer me the chance to have a once in a life time experience that I can share with my students.
    Also, I have 35 years worth of National Geographic magazines that I allow my students to use as resources for their projects. Also we play “Stump the Teacher” with a National Geographic board game that I won in a Geography Bee contest when I was in 8th grade. Sounds crazy I know, but you can’t make this stuff up.
    I hope you will consider me for this fellowship and I looked forward to hearing from you.
    Adam DePiro

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