Volunteer in Turkey

Adventure camp on the Carian Trail
Akyaka, Muğla       April 22 - May 13, 2018

Volunteer project: This is a unique project for nature-lovers and back-packers. We invite you to walk through a very beautiful landscape, amazing views and wonderful nature. Carian Trail is Turkey's longest footpath passing through villages, beaches, ruins and rugged coastline around the southwest corner of Turkey.
This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Bozburun and Datca Peninsulas and in other, mainly coastline, areas. 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 paths, 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.

Volunteers can join the project for 2 weeks or for 3 weeks.

Language: English

Accommodation: Mostly wild camping (sometimes on beaches) in tents that will be supplied, or sometimes in a village house or dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary. You can bring your own tent if you like.

Location: A great majority of the route follows the coastline passing through small villages near Marmaris, Datca, Akyaka and Bodrum. Check them out, you will be amazed! On your days off, you may be able to visit town centers, beaches or ruins.

The Carian Trail is an 820 km long-distance footpath exploring the South Western corner of Turkey through the modern provinces of Muğla and Aydın. The trail is named after the ancient region of Caria in south-west Asia Minor. It passes through an area with many ancient ruins. Stone paved caravan roads and mule paths connect villages from the coast to a mountainous hinterland. There are pine forest covered mountain slopes, olive terraces and almond groves which are an important part of the region's economy.

Nearest terminal: Akyaka

Nearest airport: Dalaman

Age range: 18 and over

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Organizing activities and practicing English with kindergarten children in Duzce
Duzce       May 5 - May 19, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, we cooperate with a local women's association which is running a kindergarten for the kids of the working mothers of Duzce city. In order to raise funds, they also organize different activities related with their jobs. Producing home made food like jam, tomato sauce, powder soup and selling them is a source of income for the association.

We need female volunteers for playing games, organizing activities and practicing English with the kids. If you can play a portable instrument, or teach some games to the kids, or are able to do handicrafts, you are very welcome to join. Also some gardening and manual tasks will be a part of your work.

Special requirements: This is a female only project.

Language: English

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

Location: Duzce is a big city in the north-west of Turkey. The project site is in the suburb of the city.

Nearest terminal: Duzce

Nearest airport: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir       8 projects of 2 wks from June to September

Volunteer project: The Math Village in Sirince needs small groups of up to five international volunteers for different daily tasks during the 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 over 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: 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 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.

Nearest terminal: Selcuk

Nearest airport: Izmir

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
June 3 - June 16, 2018
June 17 - June 30, 2018
July 1 - July 14, 2018
July 15 - July 28, 2018
July 29 - August 11, 2018
August 12 - August 25, 2018
August 26 - September 8, 2018
September 9 - September 22, 2018

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Painting houses for low income families
Kepsut, Balıkesir       July 1 - July 16, 2018

Volunteer project: Kepsut municipality is painting the facades of houses belonging to low income families in town. Volunteers will help this action on a small street in the town. Their main task will be painting the facades of old houses. When the street is completed, an elderly people's house in a nearby village will be painted. This project will offer high level of close contact with the locals.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a municipality hotel, in 2-3 bedded rooms.

Location: Kepsut is a small town in the west of Turkey. The nearest city is Balikesir.

Nearest terminal: Balikesir

Nearest airport: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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