Global Experience Program (GEP)

Welcome to the School of Education's Global Experience Program

The Global Experience Program (GEP) is a teaching practicum experience that offers pre-service teachers a diverse range of experiences in educational settings beyond Victoria, Australia. In 2016, the GEP will travel to the Northern Territory, Vanuatu, Canada, Nepal, Switzerland, and Malaysia.

The GEP can be undertaken either as:

  • a replacement for one of the teaching practicums that would normally be undertaken in your studies, or
  • a component in the elective unit EEG402 - Teaching in a Global World.

Past participants in the program often claim the experience as the highlight of their pre-service teaching course. The personal and professional benefits of engaging in an international or remote community experience are demonstrable. It challenges pre-service teachers to think about, deal with, and appreciate cultural and educational knowledge and/or practices and perspectives different from their own. And the result is the development of a broader range of teaching and learning approaches and a more global perspective on education.

Eligibility for GEP participation is restricted to students who have successfully completed a local practicum and are in at least the third year of a four year course, or have successfully completed EPR701 in the Master of Teaching.  To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled one of these courses:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Vanuatu program only)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
  • Master of Teaching (Northern Territory August program only - 5 weeks)

2016 programs

Applications for 2016 Global Experience Programs will open in Trimester 1 2016.

Information sessions for each destination will be held in Trimester 1 2016, in Week 1, 2 or 3. Dates, times and locations to be advised here shortly.

General information for current students

If you missed the September 2015 information sessions about the 2016 GEP, you can find the presentation here

Insurance: Deakin University provides insurance for your GEP experience.  You can find more information at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/administrative-divisions/corporate-finance/insurance 

Financial Support: We are pleased to announce there will be New Colombo Plan funding for the GEP Nepal, Vanuatu, and Malaysia programs in 2016.   We will update you on specific grant funding amounts and allocations for programs at the March 2016 information sessions. General information about financial support can be found at the following link: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/enhance-study/travel-grants.

Approximate costs include accommodation, airfare, transport etc

*Based on 2015 program fee.

Destination

Approx. cost*

Approx. dates 2016

Application dates

Coordinator/s

Malaysia

$3,500

June/July

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

Rod Neilsen

Vanuatu

$4,000

June/July

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

John Cripps-Clark

Peta White

Nepal

$3,500

October/November

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

Sue Bennett

Lisa Shuck

Canada

$4,500

October/November

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

Leicha Bragg

Shelley Hannigan

Northern Territory

$1,500 - $2,500

August and October (2 programs)

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

Julie Dyer

Glenn Auld

Switzerland

$4,000 - 4,500

October/November

Applications for 2016 will open in March 2016.

Heather Wallace

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