FAQ

Fellowships

Where do Fellowships take place?

We currently work in 11 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Fellows can choose to work with teachers from rural Uganda and spend their weekends on Safari, or with teachers from urban Malaysia and enjoy a beach getaway weekend. There is something for everyone.

How long is an LRTT Fellowship?

Each Fellowship is between 3 and 4 weeks long. We have Fellowships in January, June, July and August each year, to coincide with the summer holiday break for teachers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US and Canada.

How many places are there on each Fellowship?

Most Fellowships are made up of teams of 15-25 teachers. If your first choice Fellowship is full we always aim to offer you an interview for a different Fellowship. Every year, we run Fellowships at varying times and in a number of different locations, so there are always a number of options, should your first choice be full. To see our current available go to our Fellowships page. Places do start to fill 3-4 months before the start date, so if you’re thinking of applying, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible, you can always change or defer at a later date.

Can I travel independently before or after a Fellowship?

Yes! Many of our Fellows take advantage of this. Definitely speak to your team leader about this as they will be able to let you know about other Fellows who are staying on or arriving early to travel. Posting in your team’s Facebook group and on the WhatsApp group is a good way to get a group together to do this. Traveling outside of the Fellowship dates will be at your own risk and LRTT doesn’t accept any liability for this.

What's the average age of Fellows?

There is a really diverse age range of Fellows and different amounts of experience. We think that this really enhances the professional development opportunity and the overall experience. We have Fellows who have completed one year of teaching to senior leaders and head teachers. If you’d like to speak to one of our team about your suitability, contact us or speak to one of our team on LiveChat.

What does a typical day on an LRTT Fellowship look like?

All our Fellowships are slightly different. In some locations, Fellows will spend most days in schools conducting lesson observations, and leading intensive instructional coaching; supporting teachers to master a variety of new teaching strategies. In contexts where schools are closed, Fellows run training conferences with groups of teachers. Our conference days typically run from around 9 am to 4 pm, with some variation to fit around school hours and the availability of our teachers where necessary. At the end of every day, we run a group debrief session to reflect on what went well that day, and then plan sessions for the following day. In the evenings we typically have dinner together and keep evenings free for Fellows to explore the surrounding area, organize their own quiz nights, talent shows or take some time out from the group.

How do LRTT Fellowships differ from one another?

In terms of the overall objective and general model, all our Fellowships are very similar. However, depending on the country and the type of partner we work with, every Fellowship has its own unique objectives and context.

  • Teachers trained - In some Fellowship locations we work with only primary school teachers, in some, we work with both primary and secondary teachers, and in others, we work solely with lead teachers or headteachers.
  • Training model - Depending on the time of year, our program will be in schools model, a conference only model, or a combination of the two.
  • Partnership - We have worked in some locations since 2012, which means the programs there have become significantly more robust than in places we only recently started working in. We also work with different types of partners in each location, from ministries of education to low-cost private school networks, to NGO’s and organizations that are part of the Teach for All network.
  • Environment - Many of our Fellowships focus on supporting schools in rural areas where classrooms and resources are very limited, whereas some Fellowships take place in more urban contexts where teachers have access to a wide range of resources.
  • Schools - In some locations, we work with only low-cost private schools, in others we work with both, and in some, we work only with government schools. Also, in some locations, we partner with only primary schools.

Will I get any training before the Fellowship?

Fellows complete a series of pre-Fellowship training modules before their Fellowship. This training is designed to help teachers think about education in a limited-resource context and work with teachers from a different cultural background to your own. We appreciate that our Fellows are all teachers with busy schedules, that’s why all pre-Fellowship training can be completed online and at a time and pace that suits each Fellow. When Fellows arrive in-country, we ensure that all Fellows have a thorough induction and orientation to help answer all the unknowns and make sure all Fellows are informed and confident about their role.

What's the accommodation like?

Accommodation varies across the Fellowships but will always be safe and secure and have mosquito nets when required. There may be some nights in hotels, others in guesthouses or in dorms and even the excitement of a camping adventure. Your team leaders will provide more information before you leave on your accommodation and the specific facilities available. It’s worth noting there are often options to upgrade to a private room or ensuite in many of the places we stay. Please discuss these options with your Team Leader once you’ve been accepted onto a Fellowship.

Do you cater for Fellows with dietary requirements?

This shouldn’t be a problem and many of our Fellows who’ve been gluten and dairy intolerant managed just fine. Make sure you mention any specific dietary requirements or food allergies in your application form and your team leader can discuss it during the interview. Depending on your specific dietary requirement, some Fellowships may have more flexibility in the catering arrangements so we’ll guide you towards the Fellowship that will suit you best.

What is the food like?

In some countries the food is provided by the accommodation and in other countries you will go out for meals. Wherever you go there will be a great chance to try traditional food, especially when you visit schools to support the teachers. Your team leaders will provide more information about the food in the detailed pre-departure pack. If you have any specific dietary requirements or food allergies, please make sure you include this information in your application form or during your phone interview.

FAQ

Finance

How much does a Fellowship cost?

The fee that you pay to participate in a Fellowship varies depending on which Fellowship you choose, starting from £1295/£1695. Your Fellowship fee includes all of your in-country transport, food, accommodation, training and support, and 100 hours Professional Development certificate. Part of the fee also goes towards sponsoring our in-country teachers so that they are able to attend the training at no cost to them, breaking down the barriers to accessing training so that we can work with as many teachers as possible.

What's included?

The Fellowships fee includes:

  • Pre-Fellowship training
  • In-Country Orientation
  • LRTT Course materials
  • Coaching & Feedback resources
  • School visits and/or conferences
  • All accommodation & food
  • 24 hr support & mentorship
  • All in-country transport
  • Access to a network of 2000 teachers
  • Certification for 100 hrs professional development
  • Access to alumni events
  • Discounts on future Fellowships

Are there any additional costs?

Your Fellowship fee does not include flights, travel insurance, vaccinations or visas (if required). Additionally, if you want to take part in the weekend excursions, you can sign up for these in your LRTT portal. All prices for the excursions can be found on the website.

When are instalment payments due?

Final payments will be required 60 days before the start of your Fellowship. This is so that we can confirm bookings such as accommodation and permits. If you have any concerns about this then please do speak to our team. We encourage all Fellows to pay in monthly or bi-monthly instalments, to help spread the overall cost over a number of months.

Is there a deposit?

Yes, an initial membership deposit of £295/$395 is required to confirm your place. Membership should be paid within 7 days after you have been sent your successful offer email. If this is a problem, please talk to us and let us know a date you can pay by. We never turn someone away if there are circumstances that prevent being able to pay the deposit in the first 7 days, so please contact your team leader or Programme Manager if you will need a little extra time to confirm your place.

What happens if I need to cancel?

We do our best to support you with any problems that you have if you have to cancel. Depending on the reason for cancellation we may be able to defer your place. Please see the terms and conditions here for full information about what happens when you cancel and how you do it. We would advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance once you have paid your deposit and are accepted onto this programme to protect you if you do have to cancel. Unfortunately your deposit is non-refundable.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes and many people do this. Please get in touch to discuss this if you would like to set up a payment plan.

How is my Fellowship fee spent?

Your programme fee or any donations to Inspiring Futures (a UK charity) is spent in-country to support the Fellowships and the teacher training itself. Any payments to LRTT (a UK social enterprise and B Corps) are used to keep LRTT running, promoting the Fellowships and recruiting the best teachers.

Can I fundraise my Fellowship fee?

Yes. There are three main ways you can fundraise. The first being CPD contribution from your school, the second being fundraising from within your school, and finally, fundraising outside your school such as completing a challenge, organising an event, or crowdfunding online. LRTT can help you with providing flyers, letters, powerpoints or other resources.

FAQ

Applying

Am I eligible to apply for an LRTT Fellowship?

Anyone who has qualified teacher status in their country can apply. We look for teachers who are passionate about education, open-minded, hard-working, resilient, a team player, flexible and fun. No previous experience in international development is required. During your interview, you will have the chance to tell us why you want to take part in an LRTT and why you think you’d be a good addition to the team.

When do applications open and close?

Applications are live now and operate on a rolling basis. Visit Our Fellowships page to see which Fellowships are currently available. Due to the popularity of all our Fellowships, groups do fill up. If you’re interested in taking part we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible. If you would like to apply for a Fellowship that you can’t see on the website, please contact us help you with your application.

Can I speak to someone from LRTT before applying?

Yes of course. You can send us any questions you have through LiveChat, give us a call on and arrange to speak to one of our team leaders.

What's the application process?

The first step is to complete our online application form here. The form should only take you 15 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked to tell us about your teaching experience, and your motivations to join a Fellowship team. After submitting your application, you will receive an email from us within 2 days inviting you to book a time for an interview call with one of your Team Leaders. The aim of that call is to get to know you and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Fellowship. We encourage you to book it in as soon as you can, as places on our Fellowships do fill up quickly. After the interview, you will find out within 2-3 days if you have been offered a place on the team. You will then have 7 days to consider if you would like to accept the offer and secure your place by paying your membership deposit.

What do we look for in an LRTT Fellow?

We look for adaptable, creative and responsible teachers with sound pedagogical knowledge. Because every Fellowship involves working closely with other Fellows and in-country teachers, it’s important our Fellows are good team players. Initiative, resilience and cultural sensitivity are all attributes we admire and that are key to teachers becoming effective Fellows.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit. We have worked with newly qualified teachers after their first year of teaching through to head teachers of 20+ years of experience.

Does it matter where I'm from?

Of course not! Our Fellows come from all around the world including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and everywhere in between. Many teach in international schools all over the world. Having teams of Fellows from so many different education backgrounds is something that makes an LRTT so unique.

Can I apply with a friend or in a group?

We often work with small groups of colleagues on our Fellowships and coming as a pair or trio with a friend or two is a popular option. We have a referral programme that means you and your friends will all receive a discount on your programme fee. To add friends discounts visit your portal and go to the ‘Refer a Friend’ section.

Can I change Fellowship after applying?

You can change after you apply. Our Team Leaders will discuss their Fellowship with you on the interview call and you will be able to decide on that call if another Fellowship would be better suited to you. From there, our Team Leaders will arrange for you to have a follow up interview with the Team Leaders of your preferred Fellowship.

Do you accept couples?

We do accept couples, we’ve already welcomed a number of married couples on Fellowships. It’s always proved to be hugely successful, both for the group dynamic and for the couples to be able to share this amazing experience together.

What should I do if can't see a Fellowship I'd like to apply for?

Please get in touch if you’d like to apply for a Fellowship that is not yet listed. For example, not all of our 20202021 Fellowships are live on the website yet. Please email fellowships@lrtt.org or talk to our team on LiveChat.

FAQ

Safe Travel

Do I need vaccinations?

You will need to visit your doctor or travel clinic before you leave to make sure you have the right vaccinations. Some of the Fellowship countries will require a yellow fever certificate on arrival. LRTT is not able to give you a list of vaccination but will support you. Use this link as a source of information for UK advice: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Do I need travel insurance?

As part of the code of conduct, one thing we require all Fellows to purchase is a full travel insurance policy. In the event of you having an accident or injury during your trip, your travel insurance will cover you for most medical care. It is important that when you purchase your travel insurance you read the terms carefully. If you are considering any of the excursions on your Fellowship you will need to check carefully that your insurance company covers for the activities before you purchase your policy.

Do I need a Visa?

Your Team Leaders will pass on customs and immigration information to help you arrange your visa if required. In most cases, you can purchase a visa on arrival, in some locations it needs to be sorted in advance. Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and where you are traveling. It is your responsibility to purchase the correct visa.

Am I responsible for my flights?

You will be responsible for booking and paying for your flights. Your Team Leaders will support you with arranging your flights and suggest flights that will mean you can travel together with other Fellows.

Will someone from LRTT meet me at the airport?

Yes. Your Team Leaders will be there to meet you and will be recognizable in their navy LRTT polo shirts at the airport. As well as giving you a warm welcome, your Team Leaders will help you to find your feet and sort out things like finding an ATM and lend you a phone if you want to call/text family back home to let them know you arrived safely. If you arrive outside of the suggested flights then you may need to make your own way to the Fellowship but your Team Leaders can discuss this with you in advance if this is the case.

What safety precautions does LRTT take?

With any travel, there are risks attached. Thanks to LRTT having built partnerships in-country, our groups always have local, experienced personnel supporting the group throughout the programme. LRTT go to great lengths to ensure our volunteers remain safe during their trip and conduct a comprehensive risk assessment. This is a two-way thing and in order to reduce the risk of getting into any trouble, we do rely on all volunteers acting responsibly and adhering to the code of conduct set by LRTT.

FAQ

Getting Involved

What career opportunities are there?

To find out more about our current openings visit our careers page. If you are interested in joining our team then and don’t see a role that suits your competencies, please email your instalment to ukteam@lrtt.org.

How can my organisation partner with LRTT?

We would love to hear from other organisations who share the same vision that every child has a great teachers. Whether you are interested in becoming a Fellowship partner or support LRTT’s work more widely then get in touch with our Partnerships Director: sarah.grant@lrtt.org to tell us more about your work and arrange a follow up call. For more information about how we work with our Fellowship partners to run teacher training Fellowships have a look here.

How can my school partner with LRTT?

Teachers who join our Fellowships are trained as instructional coaches and grow while delivering our training. Our impact data shows that as well as building new skills, teachers become more confident, motivated, committed to teaching, and less likely to leave teaching. If you’d like to start a partnership between LRTT and your school, find out more here.

I'm a filmmaker, how can I get involved?

We run a Filmmaker internship for aspiring filmmakers to develop their skills as a documentary videographer through an immersive and highly impactful experience that combines travel and film. If you think you’d be suitable to become an LRTT Filmmaker, learn more here.

Do you take interns?

If you are interested in an internship or work experience please contact us and send us a resumé and cover letter to careers@lrtt.org For the right candidate there are lots of opportunities to get involved.