Through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Global Teaching Labs programme, students travel to foreign countries for three-week stints as high-school teachers. Their focus is on teaching science, technology, engineering and math, and students recently had the choice to travel to Italy, Germany, Mexico and Israel. "I got to teach a couple of aerospace classes, but in general, the teachers asked us to supplement their course with a presentation, or videos or something which is not in the books," said Bridget McCoy, who recently taught in Israel.

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