The Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America have developed a three-part program on Turkey, with a special emphasis on Turkish culture- modern and historic- to American students and teachers.
The first part of the program is a workshop for teachers taking place March 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interested educators must attend the Saturday seminar in order to participate in the Study Tour of Turkey, the second part of the program. The St. Louis group’s Study Tour consists of a 12-day stay in Turkey during the summer of 2014, and will also include about 55 teachers from other parts of the country. The third and final portion is during the fall of 2014, and consists of programs highlighting Turkish culture and history. Study Tour teachers are expected to participate in developing these programs.
The March 8 workshop at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is free, and includes lunch and parking fees. Prior registration is required. To be eligible to apply for the Study Tour in Turkey this summer, teachers must meet the following criteria:
• Currently employed full-time as a classroom humanities, art, or literature teacher, media specialist or principal for grades 6-12 in the St. Louis area (or bordering region) and will be employed full-time as a classroom teacher, media specialist or principal in grades 6-12 next year
• Possess a valid U.S. passport and/or ability to acquire a U.S. passport upon notification of acceptance for the trip
• Provide the $800 registration fee toward the cost of the trip, and travel to Chicago at your own expense. In addition to these expenses, teachers are advised by the Turkish Cultural Foundation to budget approximately $100 for tips to guides and drivers and approximately $25 for visa fees
• Not resided in or traveled to Turkey during the past seven years
For more information about this program or to register for the preliminary seminar, please contact the World Affairs Council of St. Louis at (314) 727-9988 .