Teacher Exchange Program
Campeche, Mexico / Florida
Next exchange scheduled for June 2021

June 2019 marked the launch of the Teacher Exchange Program. The goal of this short-term program is for educators in Mexico and the United State to share knowledge and perspectives on educational systems and teaching pedagogies.

As part of the program, two to three K-16 teachers will travel to Mexico for approximately ten days during the summer, where they will be hosted by Mexican teachers and participate in a variety of activities held at different Mexican institutions. During the fall semester, the U.S. teachers will host their Mexican counterparts. A key benefit of the exchange program is that it allows participants the opportunity to learn about each other's culture through cultural excursions and homestays.

Destination City:

  • Campeche, Mexico

Participating Mexican Schools:

  • Colegio Xail, a small private school offering IB programs
  • Prepa Godoy, a public high school affiliated with the University of Campeche
  • Institution Campechano State college

U.S. Teacher Requirements:

  • Grade level: Any K - 12 level and state colleges
  • Subject area: Open to all subject areas, but social studies and ELA are preferred. Applicants should be teachers that are globally minded regardless of their area of expertise.
  • School Demographics: Teachers at schools with high Latino populations will be given priority as a goal of this program is to encourage transnational dialogue.
  • Global Learning: Teachers must be interested in global awareness and global education.
  • Travel Experience: Previous international travel experience preferred and must have a valid passport at the time of application.
  • Language: Some basic knowledge of Spanish recommended.

Activities:

Teachers will be able to observe and interact with students at K-12 schools, participate in discussions with local educators, attend academic visits at the Teacher College, Instituto Campechano, and participate in cultural exchanges.

If you are independent, open-minded, flexible, and interested in new cultures and peoples, this program is for you!

Funding:

The Center for Latin American Studies USDOE Title VI National Resource Center funds will cover the below expenses for accepted applicants.

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from school, cultural and educational activities
  • Homestay and meals with the partner teacher
  • Participants must cover their own incidental expenses for gifts, extra meals, etc.

For more information about the Teacher Exchange Program, please contact Dr. Mary Risner at mrisner@latam.ufl.edu.

Program Collaborators:  

  • University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
  • Volusia Sister Cities,
  • Colegio Xail
  • Instituto Campechano