Don’t let financial stress stand in the way of travel! Check out our scholarships available for travelers wanting a meaningful, cultural experience.
Each year Greenheart Travel provides 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.
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?
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.
Awardees will be paid half of the funds upfront 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 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
****For programs with no specific end date, such as Teach in Thailand, we’ll evaluate the terms of acceptance at the 3-month mark.
January 15, 2020 is the deadline for the complete application. We will announce the recipients the week of February 1. The initial program deposit is due 48 hours after having received notification of being selected.
Individuals awarded our scholarships will agree to fulfill the following requirements before, during, and after their program abroad:
No, you can only submit one scholarship application per scholarship cycle.
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.
You do not have to submit a deposit or any money to apply for the scholarship, but we do need a completed application with all of your details on file to award you a scholarship.
We have a limited number of scholarships and each year we receive anywhere from 40-150 scholarship applications.
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.
We’ll be asking them to outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.
You will have the ability to input your recommenders email into our application portal, and they can log into your application and provide a recommendation.
If you are applying to study abroad as high school student, yes. All other scholarships are only for the 2020 calendar year.
The high school abroad scholarship we award in 2020 will be applicable to a Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 program. We award scholarships in winter for the entire following academic year.
Yes! There is no problem if you’ve already submitted your application and still want to apply for the scholarship.
Have you hosted an exchange student here in the USA 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:
Greenheart Host Families that host for one full semester or more:
Note: Programs must start within 12 months of the last date the host family served as a host to a Greenheart participant.