Earthwatch expeditions are unlike any other travel experience. Teachers and students work side by side with world-class scientists collecting data to address some of the world’s most pressing research questions in climate change, ocean health, wildlife and ecosystems, and archaeology.
We want teachers to feel confident and prepared when they bring a group of students on an Earthwatch expedition. Through Project Kindle teachers like you are trained on organizing a student group and experience an expedition before leading one. Each year we select highly motivated teachers who want to engage and inspire their students through hands-on scientific field research within the next couple years.
The program will prepare you to organize your students to join an expedition through training sessions and resources that cover a range of topics including: best practices for recruiting students, communicating with parents, seeking scholarship funding for students, and overcoming additional obstacles.
Project Kindle Fellows on Following Flammulated Owls in Arizona; Photo Credit Zach Zimmerman
A Project Kindle Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location.
Project Kindle exposes teachers to the science research and necessary workshops to give them the confidence to come back into the field with their students!
Click here to apply for Project Kindle:
“I would have never imagined this would have been a possible trip for students without Project Kindle. ... Now, when I think back on some of the reasons I would tell myself this trip could not be done, I find them almost laughable. My biggest takeaway was if I want to make this trip happen, I can make it happen.”
— William Leou 2018 Fellow
“Project Kindle reminded me that to be a successful teacher, you must also be a student and learner yourself.”
— Catherine Mino 2018 Fellow
“Without a doubt, this research experience has really pushed me to be a more active participant and advocate for conversation. In turn, I am hoping to share that with my students next year.”
— Carol Wang-Mondaca 2018 Fellow