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Social integration of disabled people through art and sport
Kas, Antalya          April 1 - April 14, 2016
Kas, Antalya          April 16 - April 30, 2016

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will work for the social integration of people with disabilities through art and sport. The project base is a multi purpose center in a village nearby Kas, Antalya in the south-west of Turkey. In this venue, people with disabilities, who have been excluded from mainstream educational opportunities, have the chance to get education in various fields such as painting, rhythm, instrumental training, dj, drama, photography, sculpture, ceramics, personal development, sign language as well as sports education such as scuba diving, swimming, sailing, canoeing, boat skipping, trekking, various outdoor trainings, yoga and pilates, etc.

Volunteers who are willing to work with and for disabled people are welcome. Although we do not require a nonstop working effort, volunteers are supposed to dedicate their time and energy when needed. Your help is required all day long, with breaks of course. You can help with the overall running of the site in different fields. Volunteers who can undertake more than just one task will be preferred. The work fields are as follows:
1) Kitchen : Food preparation / cooking / table setting / food serving / dish washing.
2) Field : General cleaning of all units / fixing buildings, boats, bikes, instruments / gardening both in main facility and in eco farm / animal care (mainly horses), farming, harvesting, landscaping.
3) Training as artist or assistant or just helper : Art workshops (painting, dance, rhythm, instrument, dj, drama, photography, sculpture, ceramics, handicraft) / courses (PC, foreign languages, personal development, sign language) / reading & library management / sport (swimming, scuba diving, sailing, rowing, canoeing, trekking, outdoor sports, volleyball, badminton, biking, bocce, climbing, archery) / boat skipping / various outdoor trainings / yoga and pilates.
4) Organization : Entertainment and event organization / indoor – outdoor games, driving & transportation / short trip guiding / health care & first aid / free time activities.
5) Administration : Office work (web and social media support / design, graphic design / administrative assistance / leading volunteers.

Special requirements: A motivation letter, specifying in which field you can volunteer, should be sent with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a volunteer dormitory, but if there is a group of people with disabilities hosted, then under tents. Usually such groups arrive in May, but just in case. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary. If you prefer privacy you can also bring your own tent.

Location: Kas is one of the most popular coastal towns in southern Turkey. The center is in a small village, 11 km away from the Kas City Center.

Terminal: Kas

Age range: 18 and over



Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir          April 17 - April 30, 2016
Sirince, Izmir          May 1 - May 14, 2016
Sirince, Izmir          May 15 - May 28, 2016

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.

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.

Math Village was created by a university professor aiming to endear math to young people. The village is already 9 years old. Around 200 math lovers gather in this center during 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. Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. Please be aware that the center is a bit isolated. No night life or TV at the center, but there is Internet connection. The next village Sirince, which is only 15 minutes by foot, 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 or Izmir

Age range: 18 and over



Help Turkish students boost their English skills
Abana, Kastamonu          April 23 - May 8, 2016

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.

Language: English

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

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

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over



Organising activities and preparing a party for kindergarten children
Duzce          May 16 - May 30, 2016

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 organise different activities related with their jobs. Producing hand made food like jam, tomato sauce, powder soup and selling them is a source of income for the association.

We need female volunteers to help prepare the end of year party at the kindergarten, to decorate the walls, play games and sing songs with the kids, welcome the guests, etc. The volunteers will also help the staff to run activities 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 landscaping 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.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over





Help the youth of Orhaneli improve their English speaking skills
Orhaneli, Bursa          May 23 - June 6, 2016

Volunteer project: Orhaneli town hosted an international voluntary workcamp in 2015 which got a big interest of the young locals. Many of them have been inspired by the workcamp and therefore want to improve their English. We are looking for volunteers who will spend their time with the local youth in order to practice English. You don’t need to be a native speaker but must have at least an intermediate level of spoken English.

The international volunteers will be facilitators of conversation sessions. Apart from practising English they will also do some manual work like landscaping of children playgrounds.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a students 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



Teaching basic English to primary school children
Kumköy, Samsun          May 30 - June 21, 2016

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: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over



Help a shelter for poor children with renovation and gardening
Catalca, Istanbul          June 18 - July 2, 2016

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a shelter for kids from poor families. The children come from all over Turkey and they are taken care of by the center until they can stand on their own feet. During the project the kids will be on holiday. There are different types of manual work for the volunteers like gardening, landscaping, renovation, waste disposal, field work, etc.

The volunteers will be doing manual work according to the daily needs. They will help with renovation and gardening works. Some days there might be work on the field like hoeing the soil, picking vegetables, etc. or some work in the kitchen like preparing food, washing the dishes.  

Language: English

Accommodation: In the theatre hall of the center. Sleeping bag and a mat are necessary.

Location: The shelter is located in the outskirts of Catalca town, which is 1,5 hours away from Istanbul. But please be aware that this project will not offer you the city life of Istanbul.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over



Center of the world
Aksehir, Konya          July 21 - July 31, 2016

Volunteer project: When he was asked, the Turkish folk hero Nasreddin Hodja, who has many funny jokes said : “The center of the world is here: Akşehir”. You will hear his funny jokes if you join this project. The local association of social entrepreneurship wish to commemorate Nasreddin Hodja with an international youth meeting and volunteer workcamp. 10 international + 10 local volunteers will work together and will share the social life of the town. This is a unique opportunity for international volunteers to have a close contact with the locals and to observe the traditional way of life. Volunteers are expected to present their country and culture.

The volunteers will spend most of their time socializing and practicing English with the local youth. Additionally, some manual work will be arranged like painting a school or landscaping.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory.

Location: Akşehir is located in Konya province in central Anatolia.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over




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