Free Vacations for Teachers


It’s said that teaching is among the most underpaid and underappreciated careers in the world.  The men and women who help shape our children’s futures are often overworked, and in a time when the economy is incredibly dismal, the idea of an educator spending precious cash on a luxury vacation is almost laughable.

Well, if you are a creative leader in the classroom, who has always dreamed of traveling to the ends of the earth, get ready to smile.

Thanks to Hilton HHonors, you can jet-off on a vacation to remember for FREE.  This year, the company is giving 15 teachers the opportunity to travel to an amazing destination and bring their experiences back to the classroom through the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition.

If you teach French to a bunch of high school students, consider a trip to Paris.  If you love sharing your knowledge of history with third graders, how about exploring the pyramids in Egypt?

You can do that and much more by taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity designed to pay the way for teachers to experience different cultures firsthand.   In all, 15 grants will be awarded to 15 different teachers selected by both public votes and an expert panel. Winning teachers will travel to their dream destinations, chronicle their journey and share their experiences with their students. Each winning teacher must travel sometime during his or her 2013 summer break. In addition to the trip, each winning teachers’ school will also receive a $2,500 donation to use for cultural activities.  Fifteen runners-up will also be chosen and will receive a $2,500 donation to their respective schools.

To enter you must submit a photo, a 140 character title, two 300-600 word essays, and a letter of recommendation from your school’s principal.  The essays need to feature answers to the following questions:

  • Where you will go?
  • What will you do?
  • Why you want to take the trip?
  • How will your experiences better educate your students and contribute to your personal and professional goals?

You can view all of the Teacher Treks Program’s rules by visiting the Hilton HHonors website.

Good luck!

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.