2018 Scholarships

2018 Greenheart Travel “First Time Traveler” Scholarships

***NOTE: The deadline for these scholarships has passed. It was April 1st, 2018.***

We receive lots of questions regarding scholarships. Before sending us an email, we recommend that you read through the commonly asked questions we receive.

Purpose of the ‘First Time Traveler’ Scholarship

In 2018, Greenheart Travel will provide scholarship grants to individuals who are “first time travelers” and have the desire for travel and cultural immersion. Our First Time Traveler Scholarships will be available for our adult, high school and short term programs. We encourage everyone to follow their travel aspirations, despite obstacles that may inhibit these goals.

We want to help make travel accessible to everyone and truly believe that when you study, teach or volunteer abroad, you are embarking on a journey that will significantly impact your global perspective! That is why, along with our scholarship grants, we will offer additional support and resources for first time travelers. 


Selection Criteria

  • Be a First Time Traveler (see below for our definition)
  • Be in good standing with your high school, university, work, etc.
  • Have a desire to travel, curiously explore new cultures, and positively share your experiences with your home communities
  • Diverse range of countries represented by scholarship winners

Documents/Materials Needed

  • Recommendation letter from teacher, guidance counselor, boss, etc. (sorry – we can’t accept letters from friends and family although we know they love you!)
  • Paragraph explaining why you consider yourself to be a First Time Traveler
  • Written OR video essay as outlined below
  • Photo essay (see below)

What is a First Time Traveler?

We’ll be the first to admit that this term is a bit loose here. But generally, a First Time Traveler will have no experience traveling abroad alone. It is possible that you went on a Caribbean cruise with your family, or a short school trip to Costa Rica, so we’d be accepting of you if that were your only experience abroad.

However, it is important to us that we reach people who will be traveling abroad solo for the first time. Preference will be given to those with the least experience traveling. At the beginning of the scholarship application, you’ll need to provide a paragraph explaining your travel experience and why you consider yourself a First Time Traveler.

What does it mean to be in good standing with my high school, university or work?

Well, simply put, to even start an application for this scholarship, we’ll need a recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or boss. We’re asking you to have them outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.

I totally have the desire to travel! How are you going to measure that?

This is where the qualitative part of the application comes in. We’re requiring a couple of things to help us judge this:

1. Video or Written Essay – We want to get to know your desire to travel abroad.

  • Why is this particular opportunity so exciting for you?
  • Where have you wanted to travel before and what has prevented you from doing it?
  • Are money, safety concerns, job or general life getting in the way?
  • This is the most important part we want you to answer: Following your experience abroad, how will you bring what you learned back to your home community? How will you encourage and support others to take the leap?
  • Video or written formats are accepted with neither holding preference over the other. Keep videos to under 5 minutes and written essays to under 500 words. Creativity is encouraged!

2. Photo Essay – Take us on a Thrillist or Buzzfeed style tour of your hometown.

  • Give us the top 10 quirkiest cafes in Missoula or a must-see list for a 36 hour trip to Charlotte.
  • Imagine you are introducing someone from outside the U.S. to your town and you want to make sure they have a unique experience while there.
  • Please accompany all photos with a caption and limit to 10 photos max.

What do you mean by a diverse range of countries?

We want to support you in your dream to travel abroad no matter what country it is. However, say hypothetically, everyone is applying to a program in Spain except for one person interested in Japan. If the application for Japan is just as good as the applications for Spain, we’d lean towards awarding that scholarship to the Japan applicant for the sake of diversity. We don’t imagine this happening, of course, but we just want to say variety is a factor in our selection process!


Number and Amounts of Scholarships

We’re giving away a total of $14,000 over 11 different partial scholarships. Scholarships will only be awarded for programs that start within 2018. Here’s the breakdown:

  • There will be seven (7) individual scholarships of $1,000 USD for either our Teach/Work Abroad*, or TEFL Course** programs for adults.
  • There will be one (1) individual scholarship of $4,000 USD for our High School Abroad programs for teens.
  • There will be one (1) individual scholarship of $1,000 USD for our Teen Summer Language Camp program for teens.
  • There will be one (1) individual scholarship of $1,000 USD for our Teach in a Homestay program for adults.
  • There will be one (1) individual scholarship of $1,000 USD for our Volunteer Abroad program for teens or adults.

Awardees will be paid half of the funds up front as a discount to their program fee.***

The second half will be sent as a refund upon completion of their program and satisfactory completion of the terms of acceptance.****

Recipients of scholarships for our teen-focused programs will be required to crowdsource or fundraise a small portion of their total program fee. Details will be provided upon initiating your application with us!

*Teach Abroad China, Colombia and Korea are ineligible for this scholarship as they are free or near-free programs
**TEFL Online & Chicago are ineligible for the First Time Traveler Scholarship as the programs themselves do not involve international travel
***Balance
****For programs with no specific end date, such as Teach in Thailand, we’ll evaluate the terms of acceptance at the 3 month mark.


Deadline

April 1st, 2018 is the deadline for the complete application. We will announce the recipients the week of April 15th, 2018. Initial program deposit is due 48 hours after having received notification of being selected.

Eligibility

Selection Criteria

  • Be a First Time Traveler (see below for our definition)
  • Be in good standing with your high school, university, work, etc.
  • Have a desire to travel, curiously explore new cultures, and positively share your experiences with your home communities
  • Diverse range of countries represented by scholarship winners

Documents/Materials Needed

  • Recommendation letter from teacher, guidance counselor, boss, etc. (sorry – we can’t accept letters from friends and family although we know they love you!)
  • Paragraph explaining why you consider yourself to be a First Time Traveler
  • Written OR video essay as outlined below
  • Photo essay (see below)

What is a First Time Traveler?

We’ll be the first to admit that this term is a bit loose here. But generally, a First Time Traveler will have no experience traveling abroad alone. It is possible that you went on a Caribbean cruise with your family, or a short school trip to Costa Rica, so we’d be accepting of you if that were your only experience abroad.

However, it is important to us that we reach people who will be traveling abroad solo for the first time. Preference will be given to those with the least experience traveling. At the beginning of the scholarship application, you’ll need to provide a paragraph explaining your travel experience and why you consider yourself a First Time Traveler.

What does it mean to be in good standing with my high school, university or work?

Well, simply put, to even start an application for this scholarship, we’ll need a recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or boss. We’re asking you to have them outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.

I totally have the desire to travel! How are you going to measure that?

This is where the qualitative part of the application comes in. We’re requiring a couple of things to help us judge this:

1. Video or Written Essay – We want to get to know your desire to travel abroad.

  • Why is this particular opportunity so exciting for you?
  • Where have you wanted to travel before and what has prevented you from doing it?
  • Are money, safety concerns, job or general life getting in the way?
  • This is the most important part we want you to answer: Following your experience abroad, how will you bring what you learned back to your home community? How will you encourage and support others to take the leap?
  • Video or written formats are accepted with neither holding preference over the other. Keep videos to under 5 minutes and written essays to under 500 words. Creativity is encouraged!

2. Photo Essay – Take us on a Thrillist or Buzzfeed style tour of your hometown.

  • Give us the top 10 quirkiest cafes in Missoula or a must-see list for a 36 hour trip to Charlotte.
  • Imagine you are introducing someone from outside the U.S. to your town and you want to make sure they have a unique experience while there.
  • Please accompany all photos with a caption and limit to 10 photos max.

What do you mean by a diverse range of countries?

We want to support you in your dream to travel abroad no matter what country it is. However, say hypothetically, everyone is applying to a program in Spain except for one person interested in Japan. If the application for Japan is just as good as the applications for Spain, we’d lean towards awarding that scholarship to the Japan applicant for the sake of diversity. We don’t imagine this happening, of course, but we just want to say variety is a factor in our selection process!

Application Process

Documents/Materials Needed

  • Recommendation letter from teacher, guidance counselor, boss, etc. (sorry – we can’t accept letters from friends and family although we know they love you!)
  • Paragraph explaining why you consider yourself to be a First Time Traveler
  • Written OR video essay as outlined below
  • Photo essay (see below)

1. Video or Written Essay – We want to get to know your desire to travel abroad.

  • Why is this particular opportunity so exciting for you?
  • Where have you wanted to travel before and what has prevented you from doing it?
  • Are money, safety concerns, job or general life getting in the way?
  • This is the most important part we want you to answer: Following your experience abroad, how will you bring what you learned back to your home community? How will you encourage and support others to take the leap?
  • Video or written formats are accepted with neither holding preference over the other. Keep videos to under 5 minutes and written essays to under 500 words. Creativity is encouraged!

2. Photo Essay – Take us on a Thrillist or Buzzfeed style tour of your hometown.

  • Give us the top 10 quirkiest cafes in Missoula or a must-see list for a 36 hour trip to Charlotte.
  • Imagine you are introducing someone from outside the U.S. to your town and you want to make sure they have a unique experience while there.
  • Please accompany all photos with a caption and limit to 10 photos max.

Timeline

  1. Ensure you meet your chosen program’s eligibility requirements. These are available on each program page.
  2. To start an application you first need to fill out our contact form online.
  3. You’ll get an email from one of our program managers, depending on which program you apply to with more information about your chosen program.
  4. Reply to that email and let your program manager know you want to apply for the scholarship. Include the paragraph about why you are a First Time Traveler as well as your recommendation letter. Your scholarship application cannot be “started” without the paragraph and the recommendation letter included in this email. 
  5. The program manager will confirm you’ve started your scholarship application and direct you to work on our regular program application and 2 essays.
  6. The full regular application and remaining 2 essays will be due on April 1st 2018. We won’t accept late submissions, so get on it!
  7. Winners will be announced during the week of April 15th, 2018.
  8. Your first payment deposit will be due 48 hours after we announce your award. If not paid within that time, you’ll forfeit the scholarship and we will award to the next in line.
  9. Half of the scholarship will be awarded as a discount against the program fee to start.
  10. The second half will be issued as a refund upon successfully completing all of the requirements of the scholarship.

Deadline

April 1st, 2018 is the deadline for the complete application. We will announce the recipients the week of April 15th, 2018. Initial program deposit is due 48 hours after having received notification of being selected.

Terms of Acceptance

Individuals awarded our scholarships will agree to fulfill the following requirements before, during, and after their program abroad:

1. Recipients must write three blog posts:

  • Pre-departure blog focused on your life experience and how you chose to take the leap to travel abroad. What were your barriers towards traveling abroad?
  • In-country blog updating us on how it is to be independently abroad for the first time.
  • Post-program reflection summing it all up and encouraging others to travel.

2. Recipients must complete the Greenheart Travel Atlas cultural training packet.

3. Recipients must agree to be a mentor for new travelers after their program.

4. Recipients must leave a review on GoOverseas.com or GoAbroad.com after the end of their program. Link to be provided by Greenheart Travel.

5. Recipients of scholarships for our teen-focused programs will be required to crowdsource or fundraise a small portion of their total program fee. Details will be provided upon initiating your application with us!

Scholarship FAQs

We receive many, many emails regarding scholarships. Before sending us your questions, we recommend that you read through the commonly asked questions we receive about scholarships below. We hope this will help you get the information you need!

Can I apply for multiple Greenheart Travel scholarships?

No, you can only submit one scholarship application per scholarship cycle.

Do I need to apply for the program at the same time that I apply for the scholarship?

Yes, in order to be considered for the scholarship, you need to submit an active application for the program at the same time. They can be submitted simultaneously or in sequence with one another.

How many people usually apply for Greenheart Travel’s scholarships?

We have a limited number of scholarships and each year we receive anywhere from 40-150 scholarship applications.

Does Greenheart Travel have other financial aid?

We do not offer other forms of financial aid at this time. We do offer a guide for fundraising. Many past participants have had success using these resources, including Jaime who wrote a wonderful blog about her unique fundraising efforts.

If I find a scholarship from another organization outside of Greenheart Travel, can I apply it to my program fee?

Yes! We welcome you to find funding opportunities from all over, and we can accept scholarship credit from other organizations, foundations or from fundraising efforts.

What should be in the letter of recommendation? 

Well, simply put, to even start an application for this scholarship, we’ll need a recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or boss. We’re asking you to have them outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.

For Host Families

Please note: Scholarships for host families are separate from our “First Time Traveler” Scholarships.

Have you hosted with Greenheart Exchange in the past? That’s great, you are eligible for our Host Family Circle Scholarships!

We encourage our American-based Greenheart host family members to expand their own cultural experience by taking advantage of the Host Family Circle Scholarships, a program that provides scholarships on Greenheart Travel Programs to all immediate host family members. All Greenheart host families can receive the following off any Greenheart Travel program fee.

Please Note: This scholarship does not apply in conjunction with other discount offerings.

Greenheart Host Families that host for less than one full semester:

  • $100 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Teen Summer Language Camps or Teach in a Homestay programs)
  • $300 discount on High School Abroad programs

Greenheart Host Families that host for one full semester or more:

  • $200 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Teen Summer Language Camps or Teach in a Homestay programs)
  • $500 discount on High School Abroad programs

Note: Programs must start within 12 months of the last date the host family served as a host to a Greenheart participant.