Three summers ago a team from China was at Space Camp
Turkey with the group from Athens.
A member of our group,
Sevasti Yfanti, won the “Right
Stuff” Award that week and we were very proud of her. Over the course of the week, she
befriended one of the boys from
and for the past three years they have continued communicating via Facebook and
Skype. Sevasti’s mother is an
English teacher and a correspondence began between the parents as well.
In the summer of 2013, the family from China will be visiting Greece with
their son and the two families will spend time together…and Space Camp Turkey
was the impetus that brought these two young people and two families from two
different cultures together for a lifelong friendship….This is the real mission
of the Global Friendship Through Space Education program…the creation of
lifelong friendships.April 2012
Camp Turkey was the most exciting adventure in my life. I have learnt
there lots of amazing facts about Space and I have met people from all over the
world, from: Bulgaria,
Greece, Cyprus, France
I keep in touch with all the members of my team - The Moon Team. My
favourite activity at Space Camp was rocket & balloon construction. The
simulators were cool as well. The most challenging experience was the mission.
Luckily it was successful. Although I'm an individualist I really liked the
teamwork. I will never forget that trip.
School 4 Child
“….Thank you so much
for everything. We had a wonderful
experience. The hospitality was
Our students had
several “firsts” through this experience – plane rides, simulators, dorms, the
beach. This will change their lives
Thanks for what you
guys do for children. I’m glad my
students got to benefit from your hard work and your successful program. They couldn’t quit talking about it
on the way home. They were so cute
with the NYC students at JFK; they hated to leave each other.
A NASA Explorer
Teacher/chaperone for E-Pal Week group
Children are our
future. We are obligated to provide every opportunity for them to see the world
attracts teenagers from
Turkey and other countries getting together to
foster friendship and learn knowledge on space, thus making unremitting
contributions to the progress of humankind.
We thank the camp for
its courage, generosity and commitment. We wish the cam greater success in the
future. August 2010
The Chinese People’s Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries,
I learned that even
though we are all different, we are still equal.:yes">
It was the best time I ever had.
New York, U.S.A.
Although our students
come from different cultures, children are children all over the world. July 2008
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.A
Some people talk about
the problems with science education and international relations. Others take action. Your actions….. make a difference in
so many children’s lives. July 2008
New Hampshire, U.S.A.
I piloted the Partner School Science Program at my school, Browne Academy
Virginia, last year. My
students were excited to feel a part of something larger than their own small
world. July 2008
…In addition you can
learn to dream beyond your horizons and gain valuable friends who are like you.
You can learn what you
can do at Space Camp from the Internet.
I would like to explain to you importance of the camp. Most young people
abandon their dreams during adolescence and try to adapt their plans to the
cruel world with a limited vision. Their minds are fully confused and they have
doubts that there is a common denominator to what they want and what life will
bring. Because of this, young people cannot go to the high school of their
choice. They fail in university exam; even though pass the exam they don’t know
which major is proper for them; they choose their major like choosing fruits
from the grocery store...
Ok, what does all of
this have to do with Space Camp? I
will answer this question by taking myself as an example. Space Camp started in June 2000. I
attended Space Camp (in 2003) with seven friends of mine with the great support
of one of our wonderful teachers. Those days our friendship became stronger. Even though we live in
different cities we still visit each other so often. I was a regular (public)
high school student; to be honest I was pushing back my university dreams to
keep myself away from dreams which will never come true. Competing at the same
exam with the students from Anatolian
High Schools, Science
Schools and Private Colleges was a
dream not just for me but also for most of my teachers.
That summer going to
space at Space Camp, sitting in the same (shuttle) seat as the smartest people
at NASA, and seeing that dreams can come true if you really want them to, gave
the most precious lesson to me in my life: “To respect my dreams”. To make this happen is not as
easy as to write about it, but I can tell you for sure that the adventure we
lived in those days changed my and my friends’ lives completely. All of my
friends, and, of course, I also passed the university exam and got the major we
wanted. I have chosen the major which was unrealistic for most of people around
me: I was looking for a job which could overlap with my dreams so I didn’t
hesitate to choose it. Now I am
dreaming to be successful and I will.
The purpose of this
letter is to fulfill an obligation. Maybe you are a child, maybe you have a
child or you can help a child and do something for him.
I would like to remind
you that being able to attend Space Camp was not simply luck. I would like to
thank my teacher Mrs. Zeynep Uluer and ask you to think what else can be more
valuable than giving “the power to make dreams come true.”
Ibrahim Halil Miraloglu
Student at Istanbul
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Former student at Karsiyaka Public High School
Attended Space Camp
Turkey in 2003 with a GFTSE scholarship
...the chance to visit
Space Camp and experience all the events were like a dream come true…. Just
meeting the rest of the teachers and connecting with one another was a very
moving experience for me. July 2008
Science and Knowledge