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Volunteer opportunities in TURKEY

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.

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.

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 running the Gap-Genc youth festival in Sirnak
Sirnak          September 9 - September 23, 2014

Volunteer project: The International Gap-Genc Festival aims to bring together different youth NGOs from all over the world, in order to introduce themselves to each other and to the youth of the provinces in the south-east of Turkey. It is organized in a different city every year.
This year, the city of Şırnak will host the 6th festival on the theme "Hospitality". The festival itself will be a 3-day event between September 12-15. Activities like concerts, exhibitions, panels, NGO fair, fine art ateliers, etc. will be a part of the festival.

The group of international volunteers will be helping the organization committee for realizing the festival i.e. setting up the activity areas and the stands in the fair area, setting up places for accommodation, assisting the ateliers, cleaning up the environment after the activities. Volunteers are also expected to organize an international group activity like drama or any kind of performance, to help fold up the tents after the festival and may help with the renovation of the local youth & culture center.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a dorm.

Location: Şırnak is a province in south-east of Turkey.

Terminal: Sirnak Airport

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

                                                                                                         

 

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.

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.

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

                                                                                                         

 

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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