Customize Your Program
Designing Your Custom Program
We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.
A Personal Partner
Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.
Meet our VP of Program Development
Jennifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.
To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.
Topics to Explore
In Turkey, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:
History of Early Christianity
Many believe the term “Christians” was first used in the ancient city of Antioch, where Christianity was being spread through what is now Turkey. As you study the history of this region, follow in the footsteps of St. Paul, St. Peter, and the Virgin Mary, visiting homes where they lived, spots where they preached, and churches built in their honor.
Nearly every photo of Istanbul has its architectural treasures on display, namely the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, but there is so much more to see. Study the movements of Turkish architecture, its nationalistic goals, and the Seljuk and the Ottoman influences as you view the many beautiful buildings this nation has to offer.
All tourism is big business in this coast-wrapped country, but Turkey has purposefully driven this niche industry to distinguish itself from its neighbors. Tens of thousands of people travel for hair plugs, moustache implants, and corrective eye surgery and then recovery while on “vacation” here in Turkey.
Energetic Human Capital
The mean age of Turkey’s labor force is 29, almost ten years lower than the EU average. And as its population is the 4th largest in Europe, Turkey offers a large number of young, well-educated, multi-lingual workers. By visiting with Turkish employers and entrepreneurs, learn how this dynamic workforce drives its technology, finance, and manufacturing industries.
For several years, Turkey also appeared on lists of the world’s fastest-growing economies, with 9.2% and 8.5% growth rates in 2010 and 2011. Today, though it remains in the top 20 economies in the world, its growth has slowed substantially. Some experts have called it one of the “fragile five”—a nation to watch in a time of global change for emerging markets. Long-time Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged in January 2014 to bring Turkey into the ranks of the world’s top 10 economies by 2023. But his government is often cited as one of the problems in Turkey. Today, it is a place for a student of the world to consider its ups and downs. Is it a nation with a momentary blip in a remarkable rise, or are the cracks that have been exposed harbingers of much more significant trouble?