The teachers were selected from among participants in the Teacher Workshops on Turkey organized under the Spotlight on Turkey program, by 14 local chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and TCF. The first group will be visiting Turkey on June 28-July 11 and the second group on July 14-27. Four Turkish teachers will accompany the tours as volunteers with a view to further facilitate exchanges between Turkish and American educators.
The teachers will begin their journey in Istanbul and visit Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara. Throughout the tour, teachers will have the chance to visit and learn about world-famous cultural, archaeological, architectural and natural sites of Turkey and meet with experts, educators and representatives of Turkish civil society.
The study tours are the second tier of Spotlight on Turkey, a national educational program organized by TCF, WACA and participating WACA chapters and funded by a major TCF grant. The program consists of three stages; Teacher Workshops on Turkey, Teacher Study Tours and Portrait of Turkey cultural events for students and the general public. Through this program, teachers enhance international learning for their students by integrating their gained knowledge at the workshops and on the study tours into their classroom. With the addition of this year's teachers, 479 American teachers will have visited Turkey as part of this program.