Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Summer Blog

Friday, May 14th, 2010

                                                                                                                Brittany Price Photo reduced

Something that I will never forget is the summer I spent in Turkey. I have always heard from my friends that living in another country will change your life, forever. When I look back upon the seven weeks I spent there, I couldn’t agree more. Who I was before I spent time in Turkey and now being back in the United States are different. I have changed the way I view the world and the people who live in it.

For five of the seven weeks I taught English to high school students ages 15-21. This was a major life lesson for me. I had no experience as an academic teacher. It was a challenge for me to put together lesson plans and keep the attention span of these young individuals. After overcoming the initial nerves and stress, I started to have so much fun in class. I found that I really enjoy teaching and loved putting together my lessons. (more…)

Talking Turkey

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

My summer was spent primarily teaching English to high school students at one of the most prestigious math and science schools in Turkey. The experience overall was an absolute whirlwind. We started our experience in Turkey with an eight day vacation in Istanbul, which was absolutely amazing, but overwhelming at the same time. Our time was spent riding metros and spending hours getting completely lost in the typical attractions one is obligated to see when in Istanbul (Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, etc).

Istanbul was a city of contrasts–million dollar condos overlooking the Marmara Sea and trash lined streets with children begging for change in such close proximity it was startling. Istanbul reminded me a lot of Cairo for various reasons (particularly because of the amount of stark contrasts that can be found), though the degree to which the gap between the wealthy and poor existed didn’t seem to be quite as large. (more…)