Teacher Study Tours

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of America (WACA), every year, TCF takes competitively selected groups of American middle school and high-school teachers to Turkey on TCF Teacher Study Tours.

Through this program, teachers enhance their classroom curriculum while exploring Turkey. Upon their return, the teachers integrate their gained knowledge into their curricula and share their experiences with their local communities through TCF-funded cultural programs on Turkey, organized by local World Affairs Councils.

As of the summer of 2011 and since the program was initiated in 2007, TCF Study Tours have taken 348 American teachers to Turkey.

Trailer of New Documentary on TCF Teacher Study Tours


The Turkish Cultural Foundation will be offering 3 teacher study tours in 2012 on the following dates:

Tour 1:  June 25 - July 8
Tour 2:  June 29 - July 12
Tour 3: July 11 - July 24

Applications to participate in the TCF Teacher Study Tours are accepted only through participating World Affairs Council chapters. For more information on this program, please send an email to bonnie@turkishculture.org.


The Turkish Cultural Foundation is seeking Turkish teachers to participate as volunteers on the TCF 2012 Teacher Study Tours with a view to facilitate educational exchanges between Turkish and American educators.

The TCF 2012  Teacher Study Tours will visit Istanbul, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya, Goreme and Ankara. The groups follow a program led by a professional tour guide that highlights the cultural and historical sites of the regions they visit. Selected Turkish teachers from these regions must be prepared to travel to Istanbul for an interview with TCF, and, if selected, participate in a one-day orientation program in Istanbul. Selected teachers will participate in the study tours, when the groups visit their city/region. TCF will sponsor travel to and one night stay in Istanbul for the teacher orientation program, as well as meals while accompanying the tours.


Interested teachers who meet the following criteria may apply by filling the Teacher Volunteer Form:

  • Employed at a Turkish private or public schools for minimum of 2 years.
  • Teach English, social science, art or music in 6th and higher grades.

If you would like to see past programs, comments and pictures from our past tours, please click the boxes above.

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