World Affairs Council of St. Louis Sends Local Area Teachers to Turkey

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis (WAC-STL) and the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) have sponsored five area middle and high school teachers to visit Turkey on a Teacher Study Tour from July 13 to July 27, 2014.

Modern Turkey with all its richness and complexities, as well as Turkey's centuries old history and cultural traditions are often unknown to Americans. To address this gap, the TCF and WAC-STL have developed a three-part program for local teachers 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 five selected St. Louis-area teachers are:
Ms. Amanda Kaupp - Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis County, Missouri
Mr. Jon Parkin - Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville, Illinois
Mr. Paul Hoelscher - Clayton High School, St. Louis County, Missouri
Ms. Laura Ross - Rockwood South Middle School, St. Louis County, Missouri
Ms. Amanda Henry - DeLaSalle Middle School, St. Louis City Public Schools

The five selected St. Louis area teachers are among 48 middle and high school social sciences teachers from across the country who visited Turkey this summer. The groups visited Istanbul, Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara. Throughout the tour, the teachers had the opportunity to visit and learn about world-famous cultural, archeological, architectural, and natural sites of Turkey and meet with experts, educators, and representatives of Turkish civil society.

For more information regarding the Teacher Study Tours, please contact WAC-STL Executive Director Robert Fischer at 314-727-9988 or

The St. Louis area teachers at Ephesus

Spice Bazaar

Demonstration at a workshop for the traditional Turkish marbling style called Ebru

Orhan the guide showing some STL pride