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Free travel for teachers in Hilton program

Posted by Paul Kandarian  February 23, 2013 09:57 AM

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If you’re a teacher, and long to travel places you teach about to get a better handle on the subject, check this out. Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 brands, has launched the Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition, which will fund 15 teachers to travel and experience firsthand that which they teach. A survey commissioned by Hilton HHonors showed nearly all teachers surveyed identifying themselves as travelers and agree travel provides a cultural education that cannot be fully taught in a classroom.

“As curators of knowledge, teachers have an invaluable role in inspiring their students to learn about and experience other cultures, and the HHonors Teachers Treks program will help them bring their real-world experiences back to the classroom,” says Jeff Diskin, executive vice president of Hilton Worldwide.

The company has partnered with the Institute of International Education on the program. Teachers in grades K-12 from across the country and Puerto Rico can enter by visiting www.hhonors.com/teachertreks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hiltonhhonors, with a deadline of March 15 to apply. Along with a photo, they need to send two essays between 300 and 600 words detailing their global-adventure plan and how they’ll share it with students and colleagues; a 140-character entry summary, telling voters why they should win; and a letter of recommendation from their school’s principal.

Fifteen winners get a trip valued at $6,000 to go where they want, and their schools will get a $2,500 grant to use for cultural activities or enhancements. There will be 15 runners-up, who each get a $2,500 grant for their school; and one winner from all submissions will receive a cultural excursion for their classroom valued at $1,500. In addition, 10 random winners will each get a Hilton HHonors gift card for $250.

 Winners will be picked by a panel and public voting, with 30 finalists chosen by a panel of judges that includes teachers and other educational experts. After that group is picked, voting will open to the public on April 8; one vote can be cast by each voter every day, with voting to end April 30. Winners will be announced in May.

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