Teachers: Got the travel bug? In just 38 weeks, you could be in Peru … or Zimbabwe

megan-jensen-robert-feldstein2.jpgIf you’ve taught for at least three years and have the itch to experience life in another country (and don’t need to wait tables over the summer to make ends meet), you might be in luck.

Fund for Teachers is now accepting applications for a summer travel fellowship.

This past summer, Fund for Teachers and the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute paid for 17 Oakland teachers to travel to Panama, Ecuador, Zimbabwe and other countries to study everything from archaeology and ecology to language and music.

Megan Jensen and Robert Feldstein (pictured above – Robert’s the one in yellow), science teachers at Lighthouse Community Charter School, went to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador to study ecosystems and preservation efforts.

Teachers from ASCEND, Bret Harte, Glenview,elena-aguilar.jpg Fruitvale, International High School, North Oakland Community Charter, Skyline, Think College Now, Westlake and The College Preparatory School also (presumably) returned to their schools with new material.

(pictured to the left: Elena Aguilar of ASCEND School)

An informational meeting will be held from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the First Unitarian Church on 14th St. 

Applications will be accepted now through Jan. 31.

For more information or to apply, visit www.fundforteachers.org.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.