03/07/2014 - The World Affairs Council of St. Louis and The Turkish Cultural Foundation Jointly Present: Study Tour to Turkey

Date & Time: 
03/08/2014 - 10:00am

Modern Turkey with all its richness and complexities, as well Turkey’s centuries old history and cultural traditions are often unknown to Americans.  To address this gap, 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,  to bring some much-needed context to the American public and, particularly, to American students and teachers.


 The first part of the program is a Workshop for Teachers, Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Teachers must attend the workshop in order to participate in the Study Tour, the second part of the program.  The St. Louis group’s Study Tour will include about 55 teachers from other parts of the country and consists of a twelve-day stay in Turkey during the summer of 2014.  The third and final portion of the program consists of programs highlighting Turkish culture and history open to the communities of the participating councils during the fall of 2014. Teachers participating in the Study Tour are expected to participate in developing these programs.


 Please note that in order to apply, you must meet these eligibility criteria:


  • Have  been employed for the past 3 years and are 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;
  • Willing and able to 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.
  • Have not lived in or travelled to Turkey during the past ten years.