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Project Overseas

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Overseas is a program of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) under which educators from across Canada volunteer their time in the summer (three and five weeks, most often during July) to work with co-tutors in host countries to present professional learning workshops to teachers in host countries. 

All expenses are paid by CTF and the affiliated federations. Some past host countries include destinations in the Caribbean and East Africa.

For more information view this flyer (PDF  | Word) or read about Project Overseas on the CTF website​ by clicking on International Programs.

For Project Overseas testimonials from ETFO members, click here.  

The ETFO Selection Process

ETFO participants are recommended to the Executive by ETFO’s International Assistance Committee after applicants have successfully progressed through a two stage selection process that includes a thorough review of their application and references and telephone interview. 

All applicants must... 

  • be an active ETFO member (or from a provincial or territorial teacher organization that supports Project Overseas);
  • be a Canadian citizen and hold a valid teachers’ certificate;
  • have completed at least five full years of teaching in Canada before the Project Overseas assignment commences;
  • hold a Canadian passport valid for at least six months after the Project Overseas assignment concludes.

Criteria for selection: applications must...

  • possess a passion for international development and travel (or work experience);
  • have strong curriculum and teaching leadership experience (specifically with adult learners);
  • show evidence of flexibility, mature judgment, and a strong willingness to put the team and project needs above personal needs;
  • be knowledgeable and preferably active in their local teacher union.

ETFO sponsors 14 members each year to participate in Project Overseas. 

The 2019 application form will be available in mid August 2018 after Annual Meeting.

Questions & Contact

Have questions? Review the frequently asked questions (PDF | Word) or contact Jim Giles, Executive Staff, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, 416-962-3836 ext. 2276 or, toll-free 888-838-3836 ext. 2276, ​ jgiles@etfo.org.

Project Overseas in the News

  
  
  
Elementary Teacher Will Lead Team of Educators in Uganda - Brighton Independent.docxElementary Teacher Will Lead Team of Educators in Uganda - Brighton Independent22 KB
From Maxville to Togo - The Glengarry News.docxFrom Maxville to Togo - The Glengarry News20 KB
From Temiskaming to St Lucia - Teachers sharing educational expertise.docxFrom Temiskaming to St Lucia - Teachers sharing educational expertise21 KB
Teaching Teachers in Haiti - The Temiskaming Speaker.docxTeaching Teachers in Haiti - The Temiskaming Speaker22 KB
Elementary Teacher Will Lead Team of Educators in Uganda - Brighton Independent.pdfElementary Teacher Will Lead Team of Educators in Uganda - Brighton Independent63 KB
From Maxville to Togo - The Glengarry News.pdfFrom Maxville to Togo - The Glengarry News2826 KB
From Temiskaming to St Lucia - Teachers sharing educational expertise.pdfFrom Temiskaming to St Lucia - Teachers sharing educational expertise1262 KB
Teaching Teachers in Haiti - The Temiskaming Speaker.pdfTeaching Teachers in Haiti - The Temiskaming Speaker3708 KB


NOTE:
This website section can be accessed with the following web address: http://etfoprojectoverseas.ca