Educational Exchanges

International Teaching Partnerships

We create opportunities for aspiring teachers at our academic partner organizations to participate in  global knowledge exchanges. These cross-cultural teaching experiences are carefully designed to ensure an empowering, safe experience for all involved, with the focus being on the mutual professional development of partner participants and 1MT trainees. Among the trips we’ve facilitated is the Alternative Practicum, executed for the past three years in partnership with Queen’s University.

Note that all trips are currently on hold due to COVID-19. 

2020 Trip to East Africa

In early 2020 students from Queen’s University Faculty of Education returned to East Africa to exchange cultures and advance their knowledge of global teaching practices. 

Alternative Practicum | Queen’s University

2019 Trip to Nigeria

In November of 2019, we met with Cross River Economic Summit Organization (CRESO) to create a partnership that will train 1,000 teachers in Cross River State, Nigeria. 

2019 Trip to East Africa

Queen’s University Faculty of Education embarked on their 2019 alternative practicum to Tanzania and Rwanda. It was a month of learning, discovery, and fun for the amazingly talented, hardworking and resilient teacher candidates and faculty from Queen’s University, the 1MT program development team, and teachers and students from the many schools in which they worked.

Alternative Practicum | Queen’s University

2018 Trip to Ghana

We know our teachers are awesome, but this clip certainly proves it. This video was taken at Hope And Service To Mankind Foundation (Hope For Rural Dwellers) school with Queen’s University Faculty of Education.

Alternative Practicum | Queen’s University

FROM OUR PARTICIPANTS

To understand what an international expirience might be like, check out our former participant’s daily log of their 2019 Alternative Practicum trip here.

Today I had the incredible opportunity  to share my knowledge of digital literacy with my fellow colleagues. The teachers shared insightful and creative ways of how they are using social media in the classroom and demonstrated how students can benefit from using relevant platforms to engage their students. The professional dialogue we shared was inspiring and educational. I thank them for their enthusiastic participation and I look forward to sharing more resources and strategies in the future. I also want to thank 1million teachers and Queen’s University for providing me the opportunity to take part in such an incredible adventure to expand my professional teaching community.

Samantha

Today I was provided with an opportunity to support local teachers as they expand their knowledge and understanding surrounding higher order thinking questions. This experience was both rewarding and insightful as I was able to participate in a professional dialogue with teachers who are passionate about the profession. Having been a part of the first ever 1MT workshop, we now know moving forward how to best create appropriate and relevant content for future modules. It was exciting to watch the progression of this professional learning community throughout the day and I look forward to being part of this community both in Accra and online.

Julia

Working with local teachers at our first workshop was an absolute pleasure! I found the teachers enthusiastic with lots of experience that they were eager to share. I felt humbled by the wealth of insight that these teachers brought to our sessions. After the end of my time with them, I believe that I learned a lot from our new colleagues and friends. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with 1 Million Teachers!

Marcus

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to share some of my experience and thoughts on gamification with the group. I was extremely impressed by their enthusiasm and passion for teaching. My favourite part of the day was being able to talk with the local teachers and gain some new insight into the profession. I appreciated responding to their challenging questions. All in all, the day was a blast! Thank you to 1MT and Queen’s for giving me this fantastic opportunity to expand my personal and professional horizons! 

Sarah