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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 Teacher Study Tours. The program is organized in cooperation with WACA and fully funded by TCF.

Since the program was initiated in 2007, TCF Study Tours have taken 479 American teachers to Turkey.

The study tours are the second tier of Spotlight on Turkey, a nationwide 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 to Turkey and Portrait of Turkey cultural events for students and the general public. Through this program, TCF and WACA aim to increase knowledge about Turkey in local American communities, and enhance international learning opportunities for American educators and, in turn, their students.

TCF and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) selected 11 WACA councils as partners for the 2014 Spotlight on Turkey program. In 2014, World Affairs Councils in Dayton and Northwest Ohio,  Minnesota, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Utah, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Nevada, St.Louis, Missouri, Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colarado will partner with TCF and WACA in the implementation of th program. Social science teachers in these areas may contact their local World Affairs Council to participate in the program and apply for the 2014 Teacher Study Tour.

In 2014, two TCF Teacher Study Tours for an anticipated 55 teachers will be organized on June 27-July 11 and July 13-27. The tours begin in Istanbul and visit Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara. Throughout the tour, teachers visit world-famous cultural, archaeological, architectural and natural sites of Turkey and meet with experts, educators and representatives of Turkish civil society. Since last year, volunteer Turkish teachers are accompanying the tours with a view to facilitate exchanges between Turkish and American educators.

For more information, please send an email to washington@turkishculture.org

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The Turkish Cultural Foundation is seeking Turkish teachers to participate as volunteers on the TCF 2014 Teacher Study Tours with a view to facilitate educational exchanges between Turkish and American educators.

The TCF 2014 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 must be prepared to travel to Istanbul for an interview with TCF, and, if selected, participate in a one-day orientation program in Istanbul. Two teachers will be selected for each tour. TCF will provide for accommodations and meals for the selected teachers.


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.

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