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Global Student-Teaching

Teaching and living in another country rich with differences and history enhances the education and total development of the student-teacher. St. Norbert College’s Global Student-Teaching Program allows teacher-education students the opportunity to enjoy two diverse student-teaching placements – one within the United States and one abroad. 

Enjoying a second student-teaching placement in another country is an extraordinary professional and personal experience for the future teacher. This teaching opportunity requires rigorous preparation on the part of the student-teacher in the form of research and application. The student who plans to teach abroad must see themselves as an ambassador and St. Norbert College representative to their host country.

Applying for the Global Student-Teaching Program
Apply for global student-teaching by completing the standard student-teaching application. Pay special attention to the sections regarding global student-teaching. There is a non-refundable application fee for global student-teaching due at the time the student-teaching application is submitted. Applications for global student-teaching are reviewed as part of the student teaching approval process. Student-teaching applications are reviewed and approved by the teacher-education faculty. Pre-service teachers are notified of the acceptance or non-acceptance for placement by letter.  Due to the limited number of placements abroad, student-teaching placements abroad are not guaranteed. Additionally, the opportunity to student-teach abroad is contingent upon your success in your first student-teaching placement. For information on student-teaching requirements and the application process, visit the student-teaching website.

Expenses and Fees
Students planning on student-teaching abroad may find it helpful to create a budget to estimate their travel costs. Students are encouraged to seek advice from students who have recently returned from a student-teaching experience abroad or the director of global student-teaching. The cost of your global student-teaching experience will depend largely upon your placement location. You may also consult a travel agency in order to get a better sense of the cost of living abroad. There are many websites and books that can be helpful in estimating costs or finding student rates on air travel, passports, admission, vaccination, health and safety.

Information for Students Accepted to the Global Student-Teaching Program
Global student-teachers are required to attend all sessions of the Global Student-Teaching Seminar. This seminar takes place in fall during the year in which student teaching abroad occurs. The purpose of the seminar is to prepare the student-teacher for a successful student-teaching abroad experience. Seminar topics cover a variety of issues including: orientation, health, safety, travel abroad, cultural development, communication with host school/country, culture, language, geography, weather and more.

Preparations

Once you have been accepted to the Global Student-Teaching Program, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain a passport. If you do not have a passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Downloadable application forms and complete information are available on the U.S. Department of State website
  2. Send an introductory letter/email to partners abroad.
  3. Obtain a letter of invitation from our partners abroad if you are applying for a visa. 
  4. Prepare a travel itinerary plan and send it to the director of global student-teaching for approval. Do not purchase a plane ticket until you receive final approval. After final approval of your travel itinerary plan, purchase your airline ticket. 
  5. Apply for a visa. Visa requirements vary from country to country. Since the Global Student-Teaching Program does not mandate visa requirements, we cannot guarantee that you will be granted a visa. We also cannot guarantee that your visa will be processed in time for your departure. You are strongly encouraged to gather the required documents well in advance so that you can apply for your visa as soon as your letter of invitation from the host country partner arrives. More information on visas can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.
  6. Contact St. Norbert College health and wellness services or another travel clinic for information regarding immunizations/inoculations. These are needed mainly for certain destinations in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Make sure to get a vaccination certificate listing your inoculations, since some countries (especially in tropical areas) require it at the point of entry.
  7. Communicate with partners in your host country at least one month prior to arrival. 
  8. Begin communicating with your host family (electronically/fax/telephone). Share information such as your name, interests, photograph and any other information to help them to get to know you.
  9. Check for information on currency exchange. For conversion rates, visit the OANDA website.
  10. Explore obtaining an international ID card (ISIC). This card makes you eligible for a broad range of discounts for airfare and travel in some countries. 
  11. Register yourself with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (U.S. citizens only). You will need your itinerary (dates, places and addresses abroad) and emergency contact information. Keep the embassy/consulate contact information for your destination country with you in case of emergency. 
  12. Sign contracts before departure from the United States. 
  13. Attend the Global Student-Teaching Seminar sessions.

Logistics

Housing
A student-teacher usually lives in housing that has been selected by the host school, preferably with one of the families from the local school. The director of global student-teaching will initiate the request for assistance in locating accommodations. After receiving housing information from the director of global student-teaching, the student-teacher should confirm the housing details and provide a housing contract to the host to be signed by both parties. Room and board ranges from $150-300 per week, depending on the country. Students who teach abroad do not lose their campus housing during that time. They pay for St. Norbert College housing only during the time on campus. The rest of the St. Norbert College housing fee can be applied to their global student-teaching housing costs. This is arranged by the finance department

Transportation
Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student-teacher. Begin your travel arrangements early. You are urged to secure the services of a reputable travel agent who has experience with global travel and is especially skilled in exploring student rates. Traveling abroad requires that you have a passport and/or visa. Vaccination may also be required for some countries.

Touring
Before you tour a country, check and see if you can get student discounts on transportation, lodging and meals.

Communication
Students-teachers abroad are required to be in communication with the director of global student-teaching through letters, emails, blogging, iChat or Skype. Letters and emails serve as a dialogue between the student-teacher and the director, and are a method of recording experiences and posing important questions during the student-teaching abroad assignment. 

Photos are another excellent way to record your experience and share it with others. Always get the approval of students and their families when taking pictures. Students should also stay in contact with parents, friends and professors.

Family Visits
If your family members plan to visit you during your teaching assignment, kindly arrange to have them visit you near the end of your teaching experience. Before they visit, send your parents photos of your host family, community and classroom to prepare them. In addition to introducing your parents to your host family, make sure they meet significant people at your school and in the community. Family visits must not interfere with student-teaching obligations.

Health/Safety

Insurance Liability
A student planning to teach abroad must investigate to make certain that the family insurance policy liability coverage covers the country in which the student will be teaching. A person teaching abroad must be protected by a personal injury and property damage liability policy.

Health and Hospitalization
The student-teacher should make certain that his or her medical insurance provides coverage for adequate health and accident insurance. Copies of liability and medical insurance must be filed in the teacher-education office along with the student-teaching application. Immunization against certain diseases is a good idea and may be required before entering some countries. 

Safety
To be safe, make at least three copies of your important documents, such as passport, social security card and insurance information. Leave one copy with your parents or the director of global student-teaching. Keep another copy somewhere safe, such as your host family’s house. Carry the third set. Always carry your important information: emergency phone numbers, the addresses and phone numbers of your host family and country’s contact in your wallet. This is particularly important when arriving in your country so that in the event you lose your luggage, you still have access to the information.

Preparations

Once you have been accepted to the Global Student-Teaching Program, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain a passport. If you do not have a passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Downloadable application forms and complete information are available on the U.S. Department of State website
  2. Send an introductory letter/email to partners abroad.
  3. Obtain a letter of invitation from our partners abroad if you are applying for a visa. 
  4. Prepare a travel itinerary plan and send it to the director of global student-teaching for approval. Do not purchase a plane ticket until you receive final approval. After final approval of your travel itinerary plan, purchase your airline ticket. 
  5. Apply for a visa. Visa requirements vary from country to country. Since the Global Student-Teaching Program does not mandate visa requirements, we cannot guarantee that you will be granted a visa. We also cannot guarantee that your visa will be processed in time for your departure. You are strongly encouraged to gather the required documents well in advance so that you can apply for your visa as soon as your letter of invitation from the host country partner arrives. More information on visas can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.
  6. Contact St. Norbert College health and wellness services or another travel clinic for information regarding immunizations/inoculations. These are needed mainly for certain destinations in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Make sure to get a vaccination certificate listing your inoculations, since some countries (especially in tropical areas) require it at the point of entry.
  7. Communicate with partners in your host country at least one month prior to arrival. 
  8. Begin communicating with your host family (electronically/fax/telephone). Share information such as your name, interests, photograph and any other information to help them to get to know you.
  9. Check for information on currency exchange. For conversion rates, visit the OANDA website.
  10. Explore obtaining an international ID card (ISIC). This card makes you eligible for a broad range of discounts for airfare and travel in some countries. 
  11. Register yourself with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (U.S. citizens only). You will need your itinerary (dates, places and addresses abroad) and emergency contact information. Keep the embassy/consulate contact information for your destination country with you in case of emergency. 
  12. Sign contracts before departure from the United States. 
  13. Attend the Global Student-Teaching Seminar sessions.

Logistics

Housing
A student-teacher usually lives in housing that has been selected by the host school, preferably with one of the families from the local school. The director of global student-teaching will initiate the request for assistance in locating accommodations. After receiving housing information from the director of global student-teaching, the student-teacher should confirm the housing details and provide a housing contract to the host to be signed by both parties. Room and board ranges from $150-300 per week, depending on the country. Students who teach abroad do not lose their campus housing during that time. They pay for St. Norbert College housing only during the time on campus. The rest of the St. Norbert College housing fee can be applied to their global student-teaching housing costs. This is arranged by the finance department

Transportation
Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student-teacher. Begin your travel arrangements early. You are urged to secure the services of a reputable travel agent who has experience with global travel and is especially skilled in exploring student rates. Traveling abroad requires that you have a passport and/or visa. Vaccination may also be required for some countries.

Touring
Before you tour a country, check and see if you can get student discounts on transportation, lodging and meals.

Communication
Students-teachers abroad are required to be in communication with the director of global student-teaching through letters, emails, blogging, iChat or Skype. Letters and emails serve as a dialogue between the student-teacher and the director, and are a method of recording experiences and posing important questions during the student-teaching abroad assignment. 

Photos are another excellent way to record your experience and share it with others. Always get the approval of students and their families when taking pictures. Students should also stay in contact with parents, friends and professors.

Family Visits
If your family members plan to visit you during your teaching assignment, kindly arrange to have them visit you near the end of your teaching experience. Before they visit, send your parents photos of your host family, community and classroom to prepare them. In addition to introducing your parents to your host family, make sure they meet significant people at your school and in the community. Family visits must not interfere with student-teaching obligations.

Health/Safety

Insurance Liability
A student planning to teach abroad must investigate to make certain that the family insurance policy liability coverage covers the country in which the student will be teaching. A person teaching abroad must be protected by a personal injury and property damage liability policy.

Health and Hospitalization
The student-teacher should make certain that his or her medical insurance provides coverage for adequate health and accident insurance. Copies of liability and medical insurance must be filed in the teacher-education office along with the student-teaching application. Immunization against certain diseases is a good idea and may be required before entering some countries. 

Safety
To be safe, make at least three copies of your important documents, such as passport, social security card and insurance information. Leave one copy with your parents or the director of global student-teaching. Keep another copy somewhere safe, such as your host family’s house. Carry the third set. Always carry your important information: emergency phone numbers, the addresses and phone numbers of your host family and country’s contact in your wallet. This is particularly important when arriving in your country so that in the event you lose your luggage, you still have access to the information.
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