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November 09, 2012

Global Connections Study Tour to Turkey

Global Connections Study Tour to Turkey
March 6 - 16, 2013

The Middle East Studies Center is pleased to announce its 3rd annual study tour to Turkey for educators, scholars and policy makers. The MESC-Niagara Turkey trip is unique because it focuses on interaction with individuals and communities rather than site-seeing. While some activities may appear touristic, the scope of the trip goes far beyond tourism. Even visits to famous sites are accompanied by conversation with international and local scholars. Scholars in-residence (Alam Payind, Barb Petzen, and others!) on the trip also accompany us the entire way. Our focus is on making history relevant to the present day, and decoding surrounding environments to learn about current culture/s.

Trips to schools form a large part of the trip with many opportunities to interact with teachers and classrooms, in addition we will have discussions with government officials about public policy, and visits university laboratories and classrooms.

For these reasons we are seeking participants keen on learning and applying their cultural knowledge in every day situations with local people. We are looking for participants interested in fully engaging with others in the group both before and after the trip in order to help each other get the most out of the experience, and to continue to expand our U.S. - Turkish community of educators and researchers. Please note that the trip requires walking substantial distances and climbing stairs. If you're interested in applying, please see the details below, and check out our report from last year: http://mesc.osu.edu/documents/onTurkey/TurkeyTrip2012.pdf Please also share this with your colleagues.

The application is due Dec. 2nd at Midnight - Submit it at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGC3HL8
· Only 10 will be accepted.
· The Dates: March 6 - 16, 2013
· The Fee: $1350 It includes lodging, in-country transport, and airfare from New York City. Participants will be responsible for the costs of transportation to New York City, and for getting to the pre-departure orientations online and in or near JFK Airport. The itinerary will include Istanbul, Ankara and Konya.

Eligibility and post-trip requirements:
· We are seeking educators, researchers and teacher trainers interested in Turkey.
· Graduate students in PhD programs for education are welcome to apply.
· Prior international travel experience is preferred.
· A final essay will be required with a possible follow-up interview. This is for the purpose of evaluation.

For questions:
Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director, Middle East Studies Center – mesc.osu.edu - mcclimans.2@osu.edu

The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at the Ohio State University & Niagara Educational Services.

Posted by ksosnows at November 9, 2012 02:59 PM


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