The Artists Abroad Teaching Fellowship provides student centered, discovery based contemporary arts education to students in underserved communities around the globe. Artists Abroad identifies talented, dedicated and innovative arts educators and places them in schools or educational community centers for the duration of one year. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live, teach, and work on your own studio projects.

Fellowship Overview

Artists Abroad is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering students through discovery based, contemporary arts education. Modeled after the American Peace Corp, but designed for artists, our Teaching Fellows are placed with partner organizations in countries through Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Fellows are equipped with a full year of daily lesson plans, a network of artists and educators within their placement community, and distance support and training from the Artists Abroad team. With no financial expenses to the fellow, this year abroad is an opportunity for tremendous personal and professional growth as artists and arts educators.

Teaching Methodology
Our curriculum engages participants in a dialogue about contemporary art and new approaches to making driven by inquiry and innovation. Each project is based on ARTISTS ABROAD’s belief that contemporary art making processes effectively model creative and critical thinking across subjects areas and disciplines. Our learning goals are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Public Presentation
  • Leadership
  • Visual Literacy
  • Art History and Contemporary Context
  • Critical Response and Discussion

Contemporary Art
As artists continue to explore new technologies and mediums, contemporary art is driven by critical thinking, problem solving, and visual literacy. These are the goals of our classrooms and curriculum. Our projects enable participants to understand that contemporary art is part of a conversation that explores, diversity, identity, beauty, experience, community, and nationality. Students are exposed to contemporary artists from their own communities and from around the world through our Artist Spotlight Series.

Community Involvement
Teaching fellows and students are asked to perform a series of activities that survey and gather information from the community around them. Projects are designed around student and community members experiences and interests. They create work that reflects their individuality as well as the cultural environment that shaped them. Through the process of creating art, students have the opportunity to learn from and question their environment and their role within it.

Program Details

Fellows’ Core Duties
Our Teaching Fellowship is both rigorous and rewarding. Fellows should expect to be engaged full time in their core duties which include:

  • Live and work in an underserved community for 10 months.
  • Teach regularly-scheduled classes to local students for 20-30 hours per week.
  • Develop their own portfolio of work and should expect 10-15 hours of studio time per week.
  • Submit weekly class reports and reflections to the Artists Abroad Team.
  • Plan and host an end of the year student presentation of work that engages the local community.
  • Plan or participate in culminating exhibition of personal work in collaboration with members of the artistic community and the Artists Abroad Team.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply and must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Visual art, education, new media, etc.)
  • A minimum of 2 years of teaching experience.
  • proficiency in all visual art mediums relevant to the curriculum.
  • Native or native-level English language
  • Portfolio of representative work created within the last 3 years
  • Applicants should be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in the global community.

Fellowship Duration
Each placement is one year [12 months] in duration. Fellows teach during the fall and spring semesters. In the summer session, fellows offer specialized workshops and complete and exhibit their own body of artwork. Fellows will be housed and accommodated for one full year.

Funding & Living

All overseas fellowships are fully-funded.
Artists Abroad and its partner organizations cover each fellow’s living costs for one full year. These costs include:

  • Round trip international airfare
  • Housing for 12 months
  • 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, for one year
  • Classroom equipment

Artists Abroad provides all Fellows with round trip international airfare from their city of residence to their respective placement site. All flights include a luggage allowance.

In Country Transportation
Daily, local transportation to and from the teaching site is provided. Transportation may come in the form of a stipend to cover the cost of local public transport, or the provision of private transportation (i.e. bicycle or motorbike).

Meals & Accommodation
All Fellows receive three meals a day for the full duration of the fellowship.Meals may be provided directly by the host organization or by cash stipend for personal shopping. All meals and stipends provide food according to local standards.

All Fellows are provided housing for the full duration of the fellowship. Housing may be in the form of on campus staff accommodation, a private or shared apartment, or a local homestay.Housing is located within walking distance of the teaching site whenever possible. All housing must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Private bedroom
  • Running water
  • Electricity
  • Internet connection

Artists Abroad and its partners provide resources and support in the process of obtaining a visa.  Visa types and related procedures vary in each country.  In some cases, mid-year visa runs are required. Fellows are responsible for obtaining their visas, securing all supporting documents, and covering all related costs.

Accepted applicants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit to Artists Abroad. Upon completion of their one year contract, the deposit will refunded in full.

Health & Safety

There is nothing more important to ARTISTS ABROAD  than the health, safety, and security of every fellow. Fellows will typically experience less-developed transportation systems, new diets, and new challenges to personal resilience. Other challenges can include different housing and sanitation norms and less health-care infrastructure than what is available in their home country.

Artists Abroad assists Fellows in obtaining country-specific medical and emergency evacuation insurance. Fellows are responsible for obtaining their insurance policy, securing all supporting documents, and covering all related costs. Artists Abroad ensures 24/7 contact with a team member.  Finally, we partner with safe and reliable host artists and communities that help transition our fellows into the local culture.


Tirana, Albania

A place of scenic beauty and rich culture, fellows in Albania will work with a local nonprofit organization in Tirana’s city center. Emphasis is put on cultural pride and integration of traditional art forms into contemporary art making.



Application Deadline:
January 15th, 2018
July, 2018

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Home of the country’s art universities, Dhaka has a thriving arts culture. Fellows will work in a government secondary school in the center of Bangladesh’s largest city. This placement provides unique opportunity to work collaboratively with the community around the school campus.


Application Deadline:
September 15th, 2017
March, 2018

Pokhara, Nepal

A quiet city on the edge of Phewa Lake and surrounded by mountains, fellows will work with a local secondary school for half of their placement hours. Fellows will also teach after school workshops in partnership with a local nonprofit working to encourage students in their program to continue their studies.

Application Deadline:
September 15th, 2017
March, 2018



We provide all fellows with one [1] year lesson plans developed by our team. Our curriculum is designed to provide a culturally-specific framework and focuses on collaboration and contemporary art making techniques, including integration of technology.


In many cases Artists Abroad housing is in a facility that wouldn’t be conducive to more than one tenant. In the event that the participant is willing to forego the provided housing and pay for all the additional housing/travel/insurance/food costs of a family member or partner, exceptions may be discussed on a case by case basis.


No. It is not a requirement to have prior experience in the local language. We partner with schools who already teach english as a second language. When necessary, the school will provide an in class translator to help with classroom instruction.


Departure deadlines are scheduled according to the academic year which varies between countries. Applicants can expect to have a specific departure date in place two months in advance.


Yes. We require and encourage our educators to be creating new work while abroad. Your host organization will provide space for you to use as a studio. This may be attached to your housing.


See our full list of frequently asked questions.