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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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 2 - July 16, 2018

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.

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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Teaching basic English to primary school children
Samsun       July 5 - July 15, 2018

Volunteer project: A Turkish-Romanian school exchange will take place in Samsun city by the Black Sea coast. 40 kids of 10-14 age group from both sides will meet in a holiday center and volunteers will organize social activities and practice English with them. There is no need to be a native speaker.

Volunteers' main tasks in the project will be practicing basic English with primary school kids, playing in and outdoor games with them, organizing activities and assisting teachers.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a holiday center, sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

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

Terminal: Samsun - Carsamba Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 15 - July 30, 2018

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 14-16 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.

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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Let's make a film
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 15 - July 23, 2018

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 15, 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 23. 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 24, Tuesday from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

Alternatively, if you can travel alone, you can also fly to Izmir Airport on July 15, Sunday. The project site is 2 hours by train from Izmir Airport.

Language: English

Accommodation: At the Youth center, in 2-3 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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Improving an old road linking "button house" villages in Antalya
Akseki, Antalya       July 22 - August 5, 2018

Volunteer project: A unique construction technique of the area makes Akseki world famous. Long timbers among dry stones make the houses stronger. Villages around Akseki town are full of such houses. An old caravan road connects the villages. Participation in this project will make you feel like living in the old times. As the altitude of the location is quite high you will also watch a clear sky almost every night.

Volunteers will work on the old road linking the villages, mainly clearing the scrub and bushes. Other tasks will be waymarking, route-clearing, garbage-collection along the walking route.

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 a school dormitory in the town.

Location: Akseki is a small and historical town in the southwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Intercultural learning program for disadvantaged university students
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 29 - August 13, 2018

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 but are highly motivated to communicate with the foreign volunteers.

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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Support the work of the Zoo in Egirdir
Egirdir, Isparta       August 1 - August 16, 2018

Volunteer project: Egirdir municipality which is a “Citta Slow”, hosted many volunteer projects in the past, and will host a new group this year. The small local zoo of the town needs some voluntary contribution of landscaping, clearing and cleaning works.

The volunteers will work in Egirdir's zoo. They will have various duties: renovation, painting, waste collecting, etc.

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

Location: Egirdir is a lovely, peaceful and traditional town by a lake. It lies in the south-west of Turkey. The nearest city is Isparta.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       August 5 - August 19, 2018

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 10-14 years old will be hosted in the Youth Centre for one week each.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 10-14 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.

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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Cleaning the shores of Lake Salda
Yeşilova, Burdur       August 5 - August 19, 2018

Volunteer project: Yeşilova Municipality is keen to host volunteers by the lake of the town, Lake Salda. The lake has white sandy shores which need to be cleaned. There will be a chance to watch the falling stars in the clear sky of the town.

The volunteers will be involved in shore cleaning, weeding and planting, renovation work in picnic areas.

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: Under the supplied tents for 2-3 persons. If you want privacy, you should bring your own tent. Sleeping bad and mat are necessary.

Location: Yeşilova is a small town in the southwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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International Triathlon and Optimist Competitions in Egirdir
Egirdir, Isparta       October 1 - October 15, 2018

Volunteer project: Egirdir municipality which is a “Citta Slow”, hosted many volunteer projects in the past, and will host another group this year for a very special occasion. The International Triathlon and Optimist Competitions will be held in the town and nearby lake. The volunteers will assist the organisation committee whenever needed. Different manual tasks will be required for the organisation of the games. You will have a chance to watch the games.

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

Location: Egirdir is a lovely, peaceful and traditional town by a lake. It lies in the south-west of Turkey. The nearest city is Isparta.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

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Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       October 28 - November 4, 2018

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 the garden.

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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Getting ready for the olive harvest
Sirince, Izmir       November 18 - November 30, 2018

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 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:
December 2 - December 15, 2018
December 16 - December 29, 2018

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Long-term projects in Turkey