Volunteer in Turkey

Promoting the historical and natural sites of Edirne
Edirne       July 1 - July 15, 2017

Volunteer project: The local tourism association of Edirne invites international volunteers to contribute in their promotion campaign by distributing brochures, publishing in social media and making surveys at the western border gates of Turkey and in the city center. Edirne, which was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for a while before İstanbul, has two gates, one to Bulgaria and one to Greece. It is a historical and modern city today.

Volunteers will distribute brochures to the people getting in Turkey and direct them to the historical or natural beauties of the city, prepare social media files for the association and make surveys.

Arrival and orientation: The project will start in Istanbul with an orientation meeting that all volunteers should attend on the first day of the project. The group will travel together to the project site by coach on the same day.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a rented flat with kitchen and bathroom facilities. Sleeping bag and mattres are necessary.

Location: Edirne city lies in the European side of Turkey and borders Bulgaria and Greece. In the free time, volunteers can go to the nearby seaside or villages to see the traditional way of life.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir       12 projects of 2 wks from April to September

Volunteer project: The Math Village in Sirince needs small groups of up to five international volunteers for different daily tasks during the spring and summer. This project will give you a chance to meet a lot of Turkish young people who will be participating in mathematics courses in the center between June 1st and September 15th.

The volunteers' tasks in this project include construction, reconstruction, renovation, landscaping, gardening and classroom cleaning. The volunteers will also work in the kitchen of the non-formal education center and help the staff with preparing and cooking meals, setting up tables and serving food to the students during courses, and washing the dishes.

Math Village was created by a university professor aiming to endear math to young people. The village is already 10 years old. Around 200 math lovers gather in this center during the summer holidays to learn, exercise and study math. International and national math professors are voluntarily sharing their knowledge with the young students.

Language: English

Accommodation: In student dormitories until May 27th. After May 28th, under the supplied tents. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary. If you prefer privacy, you can bring your own tent.

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. The center is only a 15-minute walk from the village. Please be aware that the place is a bit isolated - no night life or TV at the center, but there is free Internet connection. Sirince is a very attractive village and is famous for its homemade wines and its traditional architecture. The nearest town Selcuk is the home of the world famous Ephessus open-air museum. The nearest city Izmir is one hour away by bus.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
April 3 - April 16, 2017
April 16 - April 29, 2017
May 14 - May 27, 2017
May 28 - June 10, 2017
June 11 - June 24, 2017
June 25 - July 8, 2017
July 9 - July 22, 2017
July 23 - August 5, 2017
August 6 - August 19, 2017
August 20 - September 2, 2017
September 3 - September 16, 2017
September 17 - September 30, 2017

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Adventure camp on the Lycian Way
Demre, Antalya       April 10 - May 9, 2017

Volunteer project: This is a unique project for nature-lovers and back-packers. Lycian Way is Turkey’s first long-distance walking route in southwest Turkey. Demre is the ancient Lycian town of Myra located on the Lycian Way.
This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning a historic Lycian site called Hoyran and trails around it for 2 weeks and will be clearing, waymarking and making trails and steps on part of the Lycian Way for another 2 weeks. Volunteers need to be prepared to walk several kilometres during work each day and to work with sharp tools. There will be a group leader and a local leader who speaks Turkish and English. There may be other local helpers as well on some days.

Volunteer tasks include clearing shrubs and bushes on the historic site, cleaning and making steps and trails, waymarking, route clearing, garbage collection along the walking route. We would also like someone to photograph or film activities on the route and make a blog or a short film.

Arrival and departure: Volunteers should fly to Antalya Airport on April 10th. All volunteers will spend the night in the office of the Cultural Routes Society which is 1 hour from Antalya Airport. Then the group will take a bus to the site on the morning of April 11th. The project will end on May 9th with transport back to Antalya. Volunteers can stay in the Culture Routes Society office until their flight home. Volunteers can join for 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

Language: English

Accommodation: For the first two weeks: At Hoyran village's old school; sleeping-bag and mat are necessary. For the second two weeks: At Kapaklı village, in supplied tents. Bring your own tent if you wish. The two sites are only 2-3 km apart.

Location: Demre is the nearest town to the project site (8km), which is in the south-west of Turkey. On our days off, we can visit Myra historic site, the Museum of Lycian Civilizations, go swimming and boating.

The Lycian Way is one of the most popular and the longest trekking route in Turkey. It consists of footpaths, mule-trails and stone paved paths going over the mountains and along the coast. Its length in total is 500 km and it takes 4 weeks to walk it from the beginning in Fethiye to the end in Antalya.

Terminal: Antalya

Age range: 18 and over

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Help Turkish students boost their English skills
Catalzeytin, Kastamonu       May 5 - May 22, 2017

Volunteer project: Native or non-native English speakers are invited to spend 2 weeks with Turkish teenagers studying in a high school, in order to practice English by daily lessons, activities, and games. Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old and have a good level of English. Practicing English is the main aim of this project. Thus creative volunteers with some experience in teaching, outdoor or table games, music, drama, sport will be preferred.

The volunteers will be assisting teachers in classrooms by organizing and running daily activities for local teenagers in the 15-17 age group who are high school students. The aim is to practice English with the students and help them improve their language skills.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form.

Arrival and orientation: The project will start in Istanbul with an orientation meeting that all volunteers should attend on the first day of the project. The group will travel together to the project site by an overnight coach on the same evening.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the school dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Catalzeytin is a small town in the north of Turkey near the Black Sea coast.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

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Teaching basic English to primary school children
Kumköy, Samsun       May 23 - June 9, 2017

Volunteer project: If you like children and can teach them very basic English like days of the week, the hours, counting up to 100 with games or if you can organize daily talks with them and play with them, you will enjoy being in this project a lot. The primary school kids in the small village of Kumköy will be waiting for you and you will have unforgettable memories with them. If you are talented at drawing, you can also draw and paint some pictures on the classroom walls.

Volunteers' main task will be practicing basic English with the primary school children.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a Skype ID should be sent along with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a village house, sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Kumköy is a small village in the north of Turkey in the Black Sea region, Samsun Province. The nearest town is Carsamba and the nearest city is Samsun.

Terminal: Samsun - Carsamba Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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Organizing an English language camp for youth
Seferihisar, Izmir       June 12 - June 23, 2017

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support a local NGO aiming to socialize disabled people of the area through water sports. They have rented a camping site where they teach swimming, canoeing and diving to disabled people. To raise funds to cover the cost of the camping site, they run an English language camp. Good English speakers are invited to spend 10 days with a group of international youngsters who wish to improve their English in such a camp.

The volunteers will be practicing English through daily activities, games and manual work. They will be organizing and running the daily activities with local and international youngsters. Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old and agree to share responsibilities together with the group leader. Practicing English is the main aim of this camp. Thus, creative volunteers with some experience in teaching, outdoor or table games, music, drama, sport, will be preferred.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: Basic, in camping tents or in huts. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Seferihisar is the first slow city (Citta Slow) of Turkey, located in Izmir Province in the west of the country. The project site is by the sea.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 1 - July 16, 2017

Volunteer project: Summer camps for groups of kids aged between 10-14 will be organized in a youth center by the seaside. Each camp lasts one week. There will be two different kids groups in each week. The first group consists of socially and economically disadvantaged kids. In the second week, the camp is for kids whose families are financially supporting this holiday. The funds raised by the family supported camp in the second week are used to support the camp for disadvantaged kids so they can have a holiday in the same center. The main theme of this camp is photography.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 10-14, leading several activities for them. You will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids from the beginning till the end of the camp, including the trips outside of the camp as well as all kind of activities during the camp.

Please, note that you will be dealing with the kids through the given and intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with the kids in the camp area with a limited private life. Thus contact with the locals is very limited; however, you will have contact with the people working in the youth center. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential. Please, note that only 5 international participants are recruited for this project.

We are looking for communicative, talkative, active and child friendly volunteers who are at least 20 years old, with a good command of English, because practicing English through songs, games and dialogues will be a part of your tasks. Experience and skills in any sport (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, etc.), chess, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, in and outdoor group games are welcome.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo should complete your application form. Please add your Skype address in the motivation letter.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of children they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

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Social inclusion for people with special needs
Orhaneli, Bursa       July 7 - July 21, 2017

Volunteer project: Orhaneli municipality is carriying out a disability project that aims social inclusion and personal development of local people with special needs. There are 15 male and 15 female participants of the 18-40 age group, following gardening and wood workshops. The municipality aims to finalize the project with an international volunteer project where volunteers will organize social activities for the disabled people, like fine arts, music, dance and sports.

Arrival and orientation: The project will start in Istanbul with an orientation meeting that all volunteers should attend on the first day of the project in the morning. Therefore all volunteers must arrive in İstanbul on July 6th. The journey to the project site takes 5 hours.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a municipal dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Orhaneli is a rural town of Bursa province, located in the northwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Volunteer for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun
Samsun       July 8 - July 30, 2017

Volunteer project: Samsun city by the Black Sea coast of Turkey is going to host the 23rd Deaflympic Games where 20.000 participants such as athlets, trainers, referies, administrators and staff are expected. International volunteers are needed to help during the organisation of the event. A training will be given on arrival in the first week. The event will take place from July 18 to July 30, 2017.

The volunteers will be helping the international teams of athlets during the Deaflympics and supporting the organisation committee in all kinds of daily works like working in the PR office, hanging posters, escorting groups, cleaning the grounds, guarding, collecting garbage, etc.

Special requirements: Volunteers who know sign language will be preferred for translations but anyone else can also apply for manual works.
As this is an international event, there will be high level security check for all applicants. You must send a criminal record check and a scanned copy of your passport with application.

Language: English

Accommodation: In university campus dorms. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Samsun is a big city by the Black Sea coast in the north of Turkey.

Terminal: Samsun Airport. The group will be transferred from the airport directly to the project site.

Age range: 18 and over

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Let's make a film
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 16 - July 24, 2017

Volunteer project: This is an international thematic camp for the age group 14-17. Teenagers from different countries will create a “group film” in a youth center. The majority of the group will be Turkish teens, but the camp language is English.

The participants will make a short film by using hand cameras and computers. They will use their creativity & express their ideas to write their scenario, act, shoot and direct their films in this project. Besides, the daily program of the project may also include other activities like sports, arts & crafts, creative drama, music, etc. Turkish and international volunteers will be leading or assisting the daily activities.

The Youth center is a place where various voluntary and youth camps are hosted. The campsite is a secure place and participants will not be allowed to leave the camp site on their own.

Arrival and departure: Airport transfer may be organized upon request but only from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (in the European side) on July 16, Sunday, between 08.00 – 17.00 hours, at the cost of 20 €. The group will depart to the project site on the same evening by overnight coach together with the Turkish participants and the group leaders.

The teen participants will also be accompanied on their return to Istanbul on the day of July 24. The group will arrive in İstanbul in the evening and a hostel bed+breakfast will be arranged for them at a cost of 20 € per night. Thus the return flight tickets must be arranged for the next day July 25, Tuesday from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

Alternatively, if you can travel alone, you can also fly to Izmir Airport on July 16, Sunday. The project site is 2 hours by train from Izmir Airport.

Language: English

Accommodation: At the Youth center, in 3-6 bedded rooms with showers and toilets. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. Food will be served in the center.

Location: Yeni Sakran is in the west of Turkey. The center is by the seaside. The nearest city is Izmir.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 14 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 225 Euro

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Long-term projects in Turkey