Travel Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I saw that the application is due in April, but does the program ever fill up before then?

    The application process is ongoing and space is limited. The program does occasionally fill up before the priority deadline. Therefore, we recommend submitting your application form early to reserve space in the course. A commitment to the program is required at a time set after acceptance to the program with a non-refundable deposit.

    After priority application deadline, students will be accepted based on availability. Educators on the waiting list will be given priority.

  • Do you know what the cost will be or when that information will be available?

    We try to keep the cost as close to last year’s price as possible. Current fees will be posted as soon as we can confirm the major expenses.

  • Do you know of any teacher grants that can help with the fees?

    Past participants have used professional development funds from their current employer/school or Parent-Teacher Association. Americorps grants can be processed through our financial aid office.  Fund for Teachers strengthens instruction by investing in outstanding teachers’ self-determined professional growth and development in order to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities. Over the years, educators have also been funded through donorschoose and gofundme.

    Cultural Explorations in Morocco, meets requirements for funding from Qatar Foundation International’s (QFI) Teacher Professional Development Grants (pdf) for K–12 educators in the social sciences/humanities and arts fields. These grants will provide up to $2,000 toward travel and registration costs.

  • What is the difference between the number of credits? Does it affect the workload for the course?

    The number of credits will determine the workload of the course. CTLE hours (no credit) requires full participation in the program activities. If you opt to register for graduate-level credits, an additional assignment will be completed upon your return, with the exception of the 2-credit option in Costa Rica, where all coursework is completed during the program.

  • Is the payment beyond the deposit refundable in case of illness, etc.?

    In a situation where a documented emergency has prevented a student from attending, all expenses that are returned to Bank Street will be passed on to the student. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for this program. Basic travel insurance generally covers airfare and a set reimbursement if your flight is delayed or luggage lost, as well as emergency medical care. Additional coverage can be purchased to cover the full the cost of the trip.

  • Are there generally people from outside of Bank Street that participate, or only Bank Street students?

    The trips are usually made up of a combination of Bank Street graduate students, alumni, and educators not affiliated with Bank Street. Each year, the balance of students is different. Priority is given to graduate students who are using the program to complete degree requirements. All educators are encouraged to apply.