Volunteer in Turkey

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

Volunteer project: Orhaneli municipality is carrying 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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Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir       6 projects of 2 wks from July 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:
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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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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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 mattress 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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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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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 16 - July 31, 2017

Volunteer project: Summer camps for groups of children will be organized in a youth center by the seaside. Each camp lasts one week. In the first week, we will have Turkish and international teenagers aged 14-17 whose families are financially supporting this holiday. The main theme of this camp will be shooting a short film. In the second camp, we'll have a group of disadvantaged Turkish kids aged 10-14. The funds raised by the family supported camp in the first week are used to support the camp for disadvantaged kids so they can have a holiday in the same center.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of kids/teens and leading several activities for them. The volunteers will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids/teens including the trips outside the camp and all kind of activities during the camp.

Please be aware that you will be dealing with the kids/teens through the given and intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with them 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 campsite. 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, child friendly volunteers to organize activities for kids and teens and to take care of them during the activities. The kids group will learn photography and the teen group will create a short film in the camp with the help of volunteers. Experience in photography and short film making, as well as skills in any sport (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, etc.), chess, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, in and outdoor group games is preferable.

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

Age range: 20 and over

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Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       August 1 - August 15, 2017

Volunteer project: “Children's dreams come true” is the motto of this special project, designed for orphanage children. This camp is sponsored by external funds as well as the funds raised through extra fees of the thematic projects. All accommodation and food expenses of the disadvantaged children are covered by these funds. Two groups of disadvantaged children between 8-14 years old will be hosted in the Youth Centre for one week each.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 8-14 years old, leading different 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 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 & 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 campsite. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting in the camp. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential. Please, note that only 3 international participants are recruited for this project.

We are looking for communicative, talkative volunteers who are at least 20 years old with some skills in teaching basic English and/or sports (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, chess), arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, in & outdoor group games.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo and Skype ID should complete your application.

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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Intercultural learning program for disadvantaged university students
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       August 1 - August 15, 2017

Volunteer project: With contributions of different NGOs, an informal and non formal education program is offered to socially and economically disadvantaged youth to empower them. We try to give equal opportunities to low income youth to participate in a learning-by-doing program. 20-25 university students from different cities of Turkey will have a chance to experience intercultural learning and different activities during this project. Including 2 group leaders, the majority of the group will be Turkish. The group members might not be able to speak any foreign languages.

We are looking for 5 volunteers/counsellors who will be organizing, running and leading activities for the university students in different areas such as practicing English, sport, drama, music, chess, indoor-outdoor games, handicraft, dance, etc. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old with experience in the above-mentioned activities or group leading. Non formal education experience is preferred. As the level of English of the camp participants will be very low, the volunteers/counsellors should be talkative, encouraging, communicative, patient, talented and ready to teach.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth House in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

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

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 21 and over

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Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       November 1 - November 8, 2017

Volunteer project: The Youth Center in Yeni Sakran is a place where programs and activities are organized for disadvantaged youth and children, disabled people, teenagers and kids. In order to supply the annual olive and olive oil stocks, the center will host volunteers to pick up and process olives from a municipal field.

Volunteers will collect olives from the trees, separate according to quality, pack, make stripes on olives, etc. There is a chance to see olive oil making process in a factory. As the youth center will be shut after this project, the volunteers will be asked to help move some goods and do some cleaning work as well, as part of their daily work.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the youth center, in double rooms with toilet and shower.

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

Terminal: Izmir. Volunteers should arrange their arrival to Izmir Airport.

Age range: 35 and over

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Get ready for the olive harvest
Sirince, Izmir       November 12 - November 26, 2017

Volunteer project: Math Village is a math summer school located in the nature, which owns over 1000 olive trees and harvests about 20 tons of olives per year. The oil produced from the collected olives is used in the kitchen of the summer school.

Math Village needs volunteers to work on the olive yard before the harvest. This involves hard physical work, hoeing the soil, cutting dead branches, clearing and levelling the ground.

Language: English

Accommodation: In student dormitories for 6 people each. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. The camp site is 1 km from the village. No night life or TV is available at the center, but there is internet connection. Sirince is very attractive 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. Volunteers should arrange their arrival to Izmir Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

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Olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince, Izmir       2 projects of 2 wks in November and December

Volunteer project: Math Village is a math summer school located in the nature, which owns over 1000 olive trees and harvests about 20 tons of olives per year. The oil produced from the collected olives is used in the kitchen of the summer school.

International volunteers will collect olives from the trees and pack them. If the olive harvest is low due to the weather conditions and there's not enough olive to pick, the volunteers will help with some other manual works in the facility.

Language: English

Accommodation: In student dormitories for 6 people each. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. The camp site is 1 km from the village. No night life or TV is available at the center, but there is internet connection. Sirince is very attractive 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. Volunteers should arrange their arrival to Izmir Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
November 26 - December 10, 2017
December 10 - December 24, 2017

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Long-term projects in Turkey