Ladue Horton Watkins High School social studies teacher, Amanda Kaupp, is one of five St. Louis area teachers chosen to visit Turkey this summer as part of a study tour organized and sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America and its local chapter in St. Louis. Two groups of teachers from across the United States will visit Istanbul, Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara.
Throughout the tour, they will 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. 479 teachers from across the United States have visited Turkey since 2007 under this program, including social studies teacher, Eric Hahn.
The study tours are the second tier of a program called Spotlight on Turkey, a nationwide educational program organized by TCF, the World Affairs Councils of America and its local chapters and funded by a major TCF grant. The year-round program includes a Teacher Workshop on Turkey, the Teacher Study Tours and various cultural programs for students and the general public later in the fall. Through this program, TCF and WACA aim to increase knowledge about Turkey in local communities, and enhance international learning opportunities for American educators and, in turn, students.