Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilizations for millennia and is today an emerging economic power and important broker between Europe, the Middle East and beyond. The VCWA has again been selected as one of only 14 World Affairs Councils nationwide to present the Spotlight on Turkey program in 2013. After attending a workshop on Turkey on March 16th, four Vermont teachers were selected to travel to Turkey in July and bring their knowledge and experiences back to their schools and classrooms:
- Terry Buehner from Burlington High School
- Jennifer Lucy from Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg
- James Price from Colchester High School
- Lisa Mobus from Riverside Middle School in Springfield
“I learned so much on this trip---from scholarly knowledge about sultans, art and politics to personal attitudes about people, communities and customs. This tour changed my perception of Turkey. It taught me a lot about getting to know others, from the American teachers I traveled with to the women we met in the silk bazaar in Bursa.” - - 2012 Vermont participant Kim Rizio (above with friend)
2012 teachers get ready for a bird's eye view of Cappadocia pre-dawn in hot air balloons
77 middle and high school teachers from across the US traveled to Turkey in 2012, among them three Vermonters:
- Christopher Nezin, middle school history at Mount Abe (Lincoln)
- Kim Rizio, English at the Long Trail School in Dorset (Manchester Center)
- Donna Waelter, English, humanities and special education at the Blue Mountain School in Wells River (Ryegate)
Share their experiences in building educational links between Vermont and Turkey at https://www.facebook.com/TurkishCulture!
Contact the Vermont Council on World Affairs for more information and details.