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Renovation projects in Hozat
Hozat          August 5 - August 20, 2014

Volunteer project: Hozat is a lively town in the east part of Anatolia. In the summer local migrants living abroad or in the other cities of Turkey are spending their summer holiday in the town. Thus the population doubles. We are going to organize 2 workcamps in the town this year.

In this second project, international volunteers will do some renovation work in different parts of the town.

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. Volunteers will travel all across Turkey from west to the east by coach (16 hours) on the second day of the project. Thus 1 overnight stay in Istanbul is compulsory with an extra cost of 15 Euro. The rest of the days will be spent in Tunceli province.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in 3-4 bedded rooms. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Hozat is a small town in the east of Turkey. Nearest city is Tunceli.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Yoga, Dance and Arts at the Aegean Coast
Yeni Sakran          August 10 - August 17, 2014

Volunteer project: Would you like to learn traditional Turkish arts and add your creativity to make your own products? Is practising yoga interesting for you? Are you interested in folk dances? Do you like photography or painting? Have you ever tried skin care practices?

You have the chance to learn any of these in this project. You will enjoy your stay in a youth house by the sea while practising yoga or learning traditional arts like water marbling, bead setting or fine arts like oil painting with a special technic. You can also learn a traditional Greek dance “Sirtaki”. Some of the activities will be organized together with children groups who are using the same venue for kids camps.

While participating in the art workshops and yoga sessions in this project, you can also volunteer to organize some activities for the kids staying at the center.

Language: English

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

Location: Yenisakran is in the West of Turkey by the Aegean Sea. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir. Please arrange your travel to İzmir Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The funds raised from the extra fees are used to support the disadvantaged children's camps in the youth house.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Circus and street arts festival in Mardin
Mardin          August 12 - August 28, 2014

Volunteer project: “Circus & Street Arts Festival” will be organized in Mardin and volunteers are needed to prepare, run and perform in it. The festival groups are going to visit nearby towns and refugee camps to meet children and youth living there. Anybody is welcome but people with skills on circus or street arts like juggling, clowning, stick walking, tightrope dancing-walking, fire blowing, capoera, mime, graffiti, acrobatics, illusion, etc., are especially welcome.

The volunteers will be helping the organisation committee to prepare the festival, setting up stands, tents, hanging posters, inviting people by different activities. But if you have a talent as mentioned above you can perform and teach it to the locals.

Special requirements: A motivation letter should be sent with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory; sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Mardin is a city in the south-east of Turkey by the border with Syria but not affected by the events there. The volunteers will be picked up at Mardin airport on the first day of the project.

Terminal: Mardin

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teaching English through games and fun activities
Oguzeli          August 30 - September 14, 2014

Volunteer project: Native or non-native English speakers are invited to spend 2 weeks with Turkish teenagers in a small town in the southeast of Turkey. Volunteers are needed to practice English by daily in & outdoor activities, games and conversation. 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.

Volunteers will be organizing and running daily activities with local pupils to practice English.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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 and will arrive in the host town in the next morning.

Language: English

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

Location: Oguzeli is a small town in the southeast of Turkey in Gaziantep Province, famous for pomegranate and peanut production. Volunteers will have a chance to taste the local food and fruits.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Intercultural learning program for disadvantaged university students
Yeni Sakran          August 30 - September 13, 2014

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. 15 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 able to speak any foreign languages.

We are looking for 6 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 22 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. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth House in 3-4 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: 22 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Learning from each other
Yeni Sakran          August 31 - September 7, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is organised for people aged 35 and over, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the volunteer organisation Genctor. The idea is bringing together people with or without volunteer experience to share their life experiences and to learn from each other by doing things together. The project will be held in a youth centre by the seaside.

Activities like handcrafts, cooking, creative drama and yoga are already planned throughout the week. In addition, each participant will be asked to share/teach/ organise an activity together with the group. This could be organising sport activities, playing an instrument, etc., as they wish. The variety of activities will make the project more joyous. The applicants are expected to indicate on the motivation part of the application form what they plan to do/share/teach during the project. Each day, there will be free time to relax, to swim either in the pool or in the sea and to sunbathe.

Special requirements: Enthusiasm to share your knowledge and life experiences.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the youth center, 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: 35 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The funds raised by such projects are used to support disadvantaged kids to have a holiday in the same center in the same summer.

                                                                                                         

 

Help Turkish students boost their English skills
Bozkurt          September 13 - September 28, 2014

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 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. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

Language: English

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

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

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organising social activities and practising English with high school students
Safranbolu         September 20 - October 4, 2014

Volunteer project: Konarli is a small village of Safranbolu town which is famous for its traditional houses. The village school needs 5 international volunteers to practice English with secondary school kids of the 10-14 age group. Volunteers will help those kids to socialize by organizing activities for them and by practising English.

Volunteers' main tasks will be practising English with kids in the classroom and organizing various activities for them.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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 a coach on the same evening.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the school building. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Safranbolu is a town in Karabük Province in the North of Turkey. The village is 10 km from the town center.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English to kids in Istanbul
Istanbul          October 8 - October 23, 2014

Volunteer project: If you like kids of the 7-10 age group and spending your time with them, this project is a good fit. A primary school in Istanbul invites you to practice English through in and outdoor activities with the pupils. We need creative thinking, child loving volunteers for this project. The school teachers will help you to organize and run the program. You are also expected to assist the teachers in the classrooms.

 

Special requirements: Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old. A motivation letter containing a Skype ID must be sent together with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house nearby. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Hadimkoy is a developing part of Istanbul but far from the center.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran          November 1 - November 8, 2014

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

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince         December 15 - December 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Are you looking for a rewarding holiday during Christmas? You can collect olives in a natural environment. 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. The group will have the opportunity to see olive oil making process in a local factory. 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.

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 a coach on the same evening.

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, TV or disco 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: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

New Year's olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince         January 5 - January 20, 2015

Volunteer project: The very first 2015 volunteer project in Turkey welcomes you to collect olives in a natural environment. 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.

The project is open for single parents or families with kids.

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, TV or disco 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: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

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