Hilton HHonors $6,000 Teacher Treks Travel Grants

Hilton HHonors has partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to fund 15 teacher winners with $6,000 to fulfill a travel experience. And your school gets $2,500 too. Now that will make you popular at your school site.

In addition to the Teacher Treks winners, 15 more teachers will also receive $2,500 grants for their schools.

And even if you are not a teacher, you can still win a $250 Hilton gift card just for voting in the Teacher Treks grant competition.

Hilton’s survey discovered 93% of teachers are travelers.

What did you think we teachers do with those 14 weeks of vacation each year? My ten year career as an elementary teacher is where I got the travel knowledge to launch Loyalty Traveler blog.

“With more than 34 million Hilton HHonors members worldwide, we see firsthand the profound impact travel and cultural experiences can have on people’s lives, a philosophy that originated with our founder Conrad N. Hilton,” said Jeff Diskin, executive vice president, Hilton Worldwide. “As curators of knowledge, teachers have an invaluable role in inspiring their students to learn about and experience other cultures, and the HHonors Teacher Treks program will help them bring their real-world experiences back to the classroom. Teacher Treks embodies our corporate responsibility commitment to Travel with Purpose and highlights our belief that celebrating cultures can foster greater understanding between people and nations.”

Hilton HHonors News – January 22, 2013

Teacher Treks details

K–12 teachers from across the United States and Puerto Rico are invited to enter for the chance to travel, explore and share culture with their students and colleagues.

To enter, teachers can visit www.hhonors.com/TeacherTreks or the HHonors Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HiltonHHonors, to enter their submission by March 15, 2013. Along with a photo, they will need to submit:

  • Two essays between 300 and 600 words, detailing their proposed global adventure and their plan for sharing their experiences with students and colleagues
  • A 140-character entry summary, telling voters why they should win
  • A letter of recommendation from their school’s principal


  • Winners: 15 winners will receive a trip valued at $6,000 to travel to a destination of their choice; in addition to the trip, each winning teachers’ school will also receive a $2,500 grant to use for cultural activities or enhancements
  • Runners-up: 15 runners-up will each receive a $2,500 grant for their school to use for cultural activities or enhancements
  • One winner from all submissions will receive a cultural excursion for their classroom valued at $1,500
  • From those that voted in the Teacher Treks competition, 10 random winners will receive one Hilton HHonors Gift Card valued at $250

Selecting the Winners

Teacher Treks winners and runners-up will be selected through an expert panel and public votes:

  • Thirty finalists will be selected by a panel of judges that includes teachers and other education experts selected by IIE
  • After the 30 finalists are selected, voting will open to the public on Monday, April 8, 2013; one vote can be cast by each individual voter every day during the period at www.hhonors.com/TeacherTreks
  • Voting for the 15 winners will close on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

For more information on entry requirements, full Terms and Conditions, or to enter and vote, please visit www.hhonors.com/TeacherTreks.

Winners will be announced in May 2013.

“Whether analyzing historic works of art or telling a riveting account of an ancient civilization, teachers are the ultimate conduits to help students expand their world view and cultural literacy,” said Allan E. Goodman, president, Institute of International Education. “By partnering with a global hospitality company through the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition, we will help foster increased cultural understanding and support more people around the world to think, act and live as global citizens.”

Institute of International Education is the organization that runs the Fulbright Program for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

My wife uses materials collected from our travels each year in her kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  I think I better help her get an application in place for a chance to reload on supplies for her units about animals from Australia.

Australia 2003 Disc 2 629

Kelley getting wild cockatoo love in Sydney, Australia (2003)

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  1. This is fantastic- my wife is a middle school teacher (under paid like most teachers), and this would be a great way to travel add value to her classroom experience.
    Thanks for posting!

  2. I’m a teacher, but I’m going to pass. These “voting sweepstakes” contests end up being a “campaign with everybody you know to vote for you early and often”, rather than being based on merit. For those interested, it’s an opportunity.

  3. I am thrilled to be one of the finalists in this competition. If I am one of the winners I will travel to the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, and Mauritius, east of Madagascar.

    Please help me open the eyes of students to the endless possibilities of what they can discover and learn through travel. Cast a vote daily for Sandra K.

    I appreciate your support!

  4. @Sandra K – Wow. What a coincidence that I just published a piece about voting for the Teacher Trek finalists while you wrote this comment.

    Good luck.

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