Bard College Senior Yasemin Akturk Wins 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College senior Yasemin Akturk of Brooklyn, New York has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Turkey, where she will teach English to university students for nine months. While abroad, she will also create a photographic body of work in and around the region of Turkey to which she is assigned.
Akturk, a double major in human rights and photography at Bard, became interested in the Turkish ETA program in order to help others learn English and gain access to opportunities in English speaking countries while improving her own Turkish and gaining teaching experience. “As a Turkish-American, I have chosen Turkey to connect with my roots in a meaningful way . . . to expand my knowledge of current Turkish life, politics, art, educational practices, and most clearly, the Turkish language,” says Akturk.
The Fulbright ETA Program places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in overseas schools. ETA recipients get a monthly stipend, are fully integrated into the host community, and may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. The Fulbright ETA Program has grown rapidly over the last two years and is part of the broader Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
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CAPTION INFO: Bard College senior Yasemin Akturk of Brooklyn, New York has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Turkey.
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