In February, four members of our Varsity Girls Volleyball Team and four Dwight musicians were fortunate enough to travel to Istanbul on a combined volleyball and music trip which was a fantastic experience for all. The volleyball athletes competed in the IB Schools Volleyball Tournament and the musicians performed as part of ensembles with various high schools and a college choir. While participating in the events; Dwight athletes and musicians stayed with host families, attended classes at Kultur2000 School (which has both IB DP and MYP programs), and visited cultural sites of interest including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica, Grand Bazaar, Ortakoy, Istinye Park, and Bosphorus. Our instrumentalists immersed themselves in Turkish musical culture, performing at the Kultur 2000 school's purpose built concert venue and attending concerts and master classes by local musicians. Our athletes played friendly volleyball matches at Kultur 2000 and Sisili Terakki Schools, two IB schools in central Istanbul. Our students were wonderful Dwight ambassadors and have had many new global connections that will continue to be fostered for years to come. Helena Bartel ’15, one of the Dwight students who went on the trip, really enjoyed the trip as she was able to "experience a different — yet fascinating — culture" that inevitably made her "more open-minded to other cultures around the world."
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