2015 Atlantic Faculty Development And Curriculum Enhancement Program
This page contains detailed information about our annual Atlantic Faculty Development and Curriculum Enhancement Program (ACEP) summer trips to Turkey. Any faculty or staff working in an accredited university or college in Central Florida may apply. Once we receive and review your application, you will be contacted for to review your application. Contact email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The program involves the following three (3) stages:
1. Pre-Trip Workshop and Trip Orientation
The workshop is open to all who are interested and will provide more information about the program and trip to Turkey. It will be held on April 17, 2015 at the Atlantic Institute office in Orlando. The pre-trip workshop is mandatory for those who want to participate in the academic trips in the summer.
The workshops bring scholars and experts together to introduce the potential participants to Turkey's most pressing social and political issues. Last year`s lecturer was most renowned journalist and author Mustafa Akyol.
If you cannot participate in the pre-trip workshop you have to attend at least one academic lecture or luncheon organized by the Atlantic Institute.
2. Trip to Turkey
The second phase of the program is an academic trip to Turkey that will take place on June 8th – June 18th, 2015.
*Please note that the first day of the trip is the arrival date in Turkey while the last day of the trip is the departure day back to the United States.
Flight information: Participants must purchase their own tickets, so we do not require a specific airline or flight; however, there will be only one (1) pick-up time from the airport. Participants who meet at the Starbucks in the airport by 4:30pm will have a staff member waiting to take them to the hotel. If you arrive after, you will have to get your own transportation. If you arrive much earlier, you may either wait until 4:30pm or take your own transportation to the designated hotel. Taxis are readily available and inexpensive.
Hotel information: The hotel in which you will be staying in Istanbul will be determined closer to the travel dates. These are usually 3-4 star accommodations near the airport. Also, accommodations are double occupancy. You will be carefully matched with another group member for room placement. If you prefer to have your own room, we can provide one for you at an additional fee.
3. Post-Trip Presentation
Upon return from traveling, the participating faculty is expected to make a publicly open presentation. In the presentation, each participating faculty, together with one representative from the Atlantic Institute, will lecture on their topic of choice based on their findings during the trip. The lecture can either take place at the faculty member’s university or at the Atlantic Institute’s office in Orlando.
Fees, Costs and Deadlines
Atlantic Institute covers the expenses of the trips through generous grants and donations from non-governmental organizations and private donors. This covers the trip expenses including: meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodations (double occupancy) and ground transportation within Turkey. Since we solely rely on these funds and the generosity of sponsors in Turkey – plans often change. We ask for your patience in the event that we need to change the itinerary; for example, hotel change, site visit change or change in restaurant that evening. We guarantee that this will not lessen your experience while abroad, but it is important that you are aware of these possibilities so that you are prepared and your family members may know.
Fees and Costs
Each confirmed participant is responsible for the following:
1. $700 Administration Fee; this is a non-refundable fee payable to the Atlantic Institute and can be transferred to use in the following years in case of unforeseen circumstances. This fee also covers airfare while in Turkey.
2. International round-trip airfare to Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport (cost varies. Tickets are around $1000 online search engines such as www.orbitz.com and Kayak)
3. $20 Visa for American Citizens; this must be purchased online prior to your departure at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
4. $60 - $150 Travel insurance; price varies depending on company you choose. This is required in the event of any health emergencies while abroad.
5. $1500 Spouse Fee; this is only required for those who wish to bring their spouse on the trip.
6. Personal spending money and all personal items.
The administrative fee must be submitted by check or money order payable to the Atlantic Institute (Memo 2015 Admin. Fee) and sent to: The Atlantic Institute, 576 N. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32807.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Last day to turn in application to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – Last day to turn in administrative fee.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Last day to turn in your flight itinerary, travel insurance, copy of passport & visa (if required).
Friday, April 17, 2015 – Mandatory trip orientation held at our office located in Midtown from 11am – 1pm. Lunch will be provided.
Below is a sample itinerary from a previous trip. The 2015 summer trip will similarly reflect this schedule. Please note that this is tentative and is subject to change – even while in Turkey. AI leaders consider the needs of group participants and may change the itinerary accordingly.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Leave Orlando for Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (Day 1)
Arrive in Istanbul.
Meeting at Starbucks at the airport.
Orientation session and lecture over dinner
Lecture: What’s the matter with Turkey? Turkey at a Glance
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (Day 2)
Historical sites visits (Hagia Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum)
Dinner with a local family
Thursday, June 11, 2015 (Day 3)
Lecture: Law and Order in Turkey
Lecture: Interfaith Dialogue and Social Unity in Turkey: The Contributions of the Gülen Movement, Journalists and Writers Foundation Lunch - Visit to Chamlica Hill (Sightseeing)
Visit to Turkish Relief Organization in the World: The case of “Kimse Yok Mu?” Relief Organization
Dinner with a local family
Friday, June 12, 2015 (Day 4)
Visit to Taksim Square
Visit: Non-Muslim Minority in Turkey, Church or Jewish Museum
Lecture: Business and Trade Environment in Turkey, TUSKON Trade Chamber
Lecture: Media Freedom and Democracy in Turkey, Zaman Newspaper
Flight to Izmir (Biblical Smyrna). Overnight stay in Izmir.
Saturday. June 13, 2015 (Day 5)
Drive to Selcuk
Visit Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, the local art studios. Flight to Kayseri.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 (Day 6)
Cappadocia open air museum and underground churches.
Presentation on local carpet weaving traditions. Drive to Ankara
Monday, June 15, 2015 (Day 7)
Lecture 8: Islam and Democracy in Turkey (Ipek University)
Lecture 9: Turkey and its economy (Turgut Ozal University)
Visits to Ataturk’s Mausoleum, Anatolian Civilizations Museum.
Dinner with a local family
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (Day 8)
Early Flight to Istanbul.
Visits to Grand and Egyptian Bazaars. Dinner at a local family
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (Day 9)
10:00am sharp: Long Bosphorus tour to Anadolu Kavagi
Lunch at a fish restaurant.
3:00pm sharp: Return
Final gathering and trip overview.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 (Day 10)
Flight and arrival to Orlando