GET Program Details
Since 2004, GET has led teacher education
travel programs in China, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Taiwan, and
Wisconsin. The program strives to connect in the mainland USA to
teachers abroad and embark on a shared professional development
You must be an educator (formal or non-formal K-12) to participate
in GET programs. The online course is a pre-requisite for the travel
portion. All online courses are delivered in English. The travel course
is also delivered in English, but GET will provide translation when an
activity or tour is delivered in a foreign language.
Part One: An online course is taken prior to departing
overseas. The online course includes cultural, historic and ecological
introductions to the place you will visit. It is intended to prepare
educators prior to traveling. It can be taken for graduate credit.
Typically, online courses are four weeks long.
Part Two: Travel for 2-3 weeks overseas with host country educators.
To optimize learning, GET courses combine the power of the Internet
with face-to-face travel communication to accomplish course
requirements. All participants will be given a university email address.
In order to access the online course, you must have access to a
computer with Internet connection. The easy-to-use online course is
designed for educators. No previous computer experience is necessary.
Technical support will be available to all program participants. All
course work is credited through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
For the Global Environmental Teachings Program you can expect
moderate physical activity requirements. You will be on field trips and
excursions nearly every day during the overseas program. Although these
excursions will not be physically demanding, you should be in good
health. You will probably do more walking than you normally do. Some
hiking is included in most programs. Options are included for people who
wish to go slower or those wishing to be more challenged.
Lodging during GET Programs vary and may consist of hotel/motel
accommodations with many conveniences, comfortable bed & breakfast
style accommodations, dormitory style accommodations with shared
bathrooms, more modest bunk bed accommodations at environmental
education centers, and homestays. Accommodations may be simple and heat
or air conditioning may not be available at all locations. Some
accommodations will be far from medical facilities. Clean drinking water
will always be provided. Regardless of location, participants can
expect double occupancy.
The duration for the GET Programs is between two and three weeks.
Most take place in June-August. Program fees include all lodging, food,
and excursions. Some programs may also include airfare and graduate
credit. Programs are typically limited to 10 mainland USA teachers and
10 host country teachers.
Host Country Contacts
In addition to traveling with host country teachers, GET has numerous
in-country partners who assist with logistics, provide tours, give
lectures, and help with the needs of the participants. These are highly
skilled professionals who enrich the program giving you firsthand
experience in the country you are visiting.