In 2014 ELIC sent its first team to the Middle East, specifically to the amazing country of Turkey. Whether you are talking about ancient history, the Ottoman Empire, or it’s tremendous influence in the Middle East today, Turkey sits as one of the most influential countries in the world.
If words and phrases like Persia, Mediterranean, kebabs, Islam, and ‘east meets west’ strike a chord with you then Turkey is your place. This is NOT a place for people who like the ‘comfortable and mundane.’ Turkey in so many ways pushes the envelope with its place and influence in the world today. But its also a place of amazing people and culture, a place where the east truly does meet the west, and a place that is probably considered one of the countries with the greatest potential for growth.
Turkish culture is passionate, sarcastic, can be warmly embracing, takes time to build true trust with others. It’s an amazing culture for sure. You’ll be surprised and struck by what it is AND what it isn’t. The people of Turkey are Turks first.
From pun-happy comedians to deep theologian types who aren’t afraid to let loose, the Turkey team runs the gamut on personality types. Honest, funny, and hardworking, the Turkey team works and strives together to serve one another and its awesome host country.