Educate Global


Do you love to travel and are interested in teaching in diverse classrooms as well as experiencing foreign cultures? Or are you thinking about a career overseas?

Check out Educate Global, the NIU College of Education’s unique opportunity for hands-on multicultural teaching. We partner with school districts from around the world to provide first-hand experiences with different cultures, international colleagues and a support system for both your teaching and your explorations of your host country.

Ultimately, Educate Global prepares you for global employment opportunities and sets you apart from your peers in the job search process with a transcript notation. Best of all, your compensation package for this non-credit experience includes round-trip airfare along with room and board.

Summer 2020 Opportunity: Indonesia

Educate Global is offering an Indonesian experiential learning opportunity for Summer 2020. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant, NIU can send four students trained in TESOL methods, e.g. ESL/Bilingual Endorsement courses, and one supervising professor. Two students have been selected from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies program, and two additional students will be selected from the College of Education.


The anticipated departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport is Friday, June 12, 2020, with a return date of Monday, July 6, 2020. The program will take place in three different locations in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with you living in each location for one week:

  • June 15-19, 2020, Padang
  • June 22-26, 2020, Bukittinggi
  • June 29-July 3, 2020, Mentawai

Using a co-teaching model (in pairs of two) and an American culture thematic context, you will deliver English language instruction to up to four classes of students (ages 10 to 17) daily, with two classes each morning and two each afternoon. 

  • Each class will offer English instruction to 20 West Sumatran students.
  • Each session will host different 40 West Sumatran students (40 morning students and 40 afternoon students).
  • Each session provides three hours of English instruction per day.
  • Each weekly location provides five days of instruction to the Indonesian students.


Airfare, local transportation in Indonesia, hotel and meals are provided in exchange for your teaching. You will share a hotel room (double occupancy) with another NIU student. Meals are provided in a restaurant setting.


Eligible students must be native or near-native, English speakers, who at the time of application are undergraduates, enrolled in one of the following College of Education initial licensure programs and have an anticipated student teaching date of spring or fall 2020:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Teaching and Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education


Completed applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

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