What is TeachLive?

TeachLive is a fully-funded educational and professional development program that places Australian primary and secondary teachers as research assistants on Earthwatch programs. 

Primary, secondary and specialist school teachers work as research assistants on Earthwatch expeditions, helping scientists with vital data collection, while communicating their experience live back to their students in the classroom via the Teachers Blog and video calling. Students take a virtual scientific expedition with their teacher, providing inspiration, motivation and an opportunity to view their teachers as science role models. 

Objectives of the program

  • Educate teachers and students about Australia’s biodiversity and the importance of conservation 
  • Inspire students to pursue further studies in STEM subjects  
  • Inspire and build confidence of teachers to be scientific role models for their students 
  • Increase the quality of teaching  
  • Encourage teachers to implement biodiversity and conservation projects 

Current TeachLive opportunities 

Protecting Wetlands for the future

In this unique Professional Development opportunity you will be working as a research assistant, helping to protect mangroves and our Great Barrier Reef by collecting data in valuable mangrove ecosystems, as they face increasing pressure from human impacts. You will inspire your students in STEM and geography, by teaching them “live” from the field through blogs uploaded to our website and opportunities to video call your class from the field.

Update Friday 5th August - unfortunately, we are now unable to run this program in 2022 and will instead field in 2023.
For existing applicants, information and application details will be sent for the 2023 round.
For those who missed out, we will open applications here again in 2023. 

For more information, download our flyer here.

Bush Blitz TeachLive

Bush Blitz TeachLive is a FULLY FUNDED Professional Development opportunity. Successful applicants will have a unique opportunity to assist scientists to document plants and animals, and discover new species, as part of the world’s first continent-wide biodiversity survey. The teachers will also share their experiences with their students through blogs on our website.

The next expedition is to Fowlers Bay, South Australia in November/December 2021. Open to South Australian teachers only.

Applications NOW OPEN, click here to apply before the closing date of Monday 13 September.

Find out more

View past TeachLive expeditions

Teacher Blog 

TeachLive enables school teachers to work as research assistants on Earthwatch expeditions, helping scientists with vital research and data collection, while communicating their experience live back to their students in the classroom via this blog.

Teacher Blog

TeachLive Impact


  

TeachLive History

2004 
Pilot program begins with Victorian teachers 

2005 
Seven teachers from WA join the Earthwatch expedition Echidnas & Goannas of Kangaroo Island. 

2007 
Teachers from WA teach back to class about whale sharks from Ningaloo Reef. Supported by Woodside Energy. 

2009 
Victorian teacher educates live from the Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal expedition. Supported by Victoria Electricity.  

2010 
Victorian teacher educates live from our Project Manta expedition in Queensland. Supported by Lumo Energy. 

2011 
Five Victorian teachers joined scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to help support climate change research in Eastern China’s steamy Zhejiang Province, supported by the Victorian State Government. Fifteen Victorian teachers joined scientists from Edith Cowan University to help protect the native animals of Charles Darwin Reserve in the Western Australian outback.  

2013 
TeachLive began an exciting new phase of the program with the launch of Bush Blitz TeachLive. Bush Blitz is Australia's largest nature discovery project to document the plants and animals in properties across Australia, and five teachers had the amazing opportunity to join the Henbury Station Bush Blitz expedition in the remote Northern Territory outback, where they assisted 15 scientists to discover new species of insects and spiders, as well as healthy populations of desert fish. 

2015 
The Victorian Department of Education and Training provided funding for six Victorian teachers per year over three years to participate in Earthwatch's Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition. 

2017 
Six teachers from across NSW travelled to St Bees Island off the coast of Queensland in the Whitsunday chain of islands, hiking with researchers across the rugged island to better understand how climate change is impacting the wildlife and landscape.