I'm Olivia (I believe we're friends on facebook) and I'm from Texas. I hope to spend the 2011 summer in Turkey *fingers crossed!* I spent last summer in Japan with AFS.
I know someone who went to Turkey last summer on exchange and loved it. I have a friend who is from Syria and I've always loved the warm Mediterranean culture - the food, the people, everything. I find Turkey's history so rich from the great empire it once was to the progressive nation it is now. I also love the language - the way it sounds, the linguistics of it.
Everything about Turkey is just perfect and I hope I am given the opportunity to go.
I'm so glad to read all your posts about my country:)Thanks a lot ,ıf you have another opportunity please come to Izmir for another great experience.We are looking forward to great collaborations and wonderful friends around the world.I'm looking forward to all our team members' and friends' visit to TURKEY:))
It's harika (great) that you're moving to Turkey! I can definitely say that you'll have the time of your life. What do you plan on studying while you're there? Do you have any experience with the language?
The number one piece of advice I would give is EXPLORE. Some of the coolest places I went to last summer were found by my friends and I when we allowed ourselves just to get lost in the city. Go down unfamiliar streets, check out out of the way shops and cafes. You won't regret it. The thread for NSLI-Y Turkey Summer has a lot of info and photos from previous returnees. It's directed more toward exchange students, but you might find many of the responses interesting.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!
Unfortunately I have almost no experience with Turkish... But we are getting Rosetta Stone, I think, so hopefully we can learn a little more between now and August. I do know a little about pronunciation, and it is so great that it's totally phonetic. As for school, I'm applying to Masters programs for Political Science, which I think will be fascinating to learn about in Turkey, a totally unique political perspective. I'm so excited that there are a lot of English language programs so I can study there.
How about yourself? What did you study when you were in Turkey? How did you like the courses? Do you have any advice about applying to schools?
So good to connect with you!
Congratulations:)I think Turkey will be a great experience for you.I live in Izmir and I am a teacher at a very popular high school in Izmir.If you plan to come to Izmir,which is a must I think,you will surely welcome here.My friends ,my students,my family and I will be honoured to welcome you and Patrick here.I have been doing iEARN projects in my school and in January we hosted our Taiwanese friends in our houses :)Please contact with us ıf you need any kind of help:)In my school we have been doing YIEP project with the support of the US Embassy for three years.
Thank you!! We will definitely take you up on your offer. I don't know anything about Izmir yet, but from photos it looks beautiful. I'm so excited to explore all of Turkey's coasts! Pat will be teaching, and we will be living, at TEVITOL school. Since you're a high school teacher, you're probably familiar with it. We're absolutely pumped about it and can't wait to get over there!! We're trying to decide what to do for our first vacation- possibly Italy and Croatia, but maybe just traveling along the Aegean or Mediterranean coast in Turkey instead. If you have suggestions I would love to hear them.Looking forward to meeting you in the not-so-distant future!