Organizing art workshops for disabled people in
Istanbul 1 to 3 months
Volunteer project: This project is running since 2008 in support of a Center for socially disadvantaged individuals & people with disabilities. The Center has educated free of charge more than 2000 people in its art education workshops. It carries out two sub-projects with its innovative and creative pattern. Social Inclusion Band, which works under the motto of "Music For All" and involves youngsters with disabilities and professional volunteer musicians. The band gives concerts regularly in the best clubs in Istanbul. The Dance Company, which is a drama and dance group, performs on the scene with professional artists.
The volunteers will help at the Center in İstanbul with all aspects of workshop preparation, workshop performances as well as any other office or field work related to the project.
The volunteer work involves: serving and assisting people with disabilities at workshops, assisting the instructors before and after workshops, organizing and running events on and off-site. Volunteers will work 6 days a week and have 1 day free in the weekdays as most of the weekends they will be busy. Most of the days, 8 working hours is requested. Please note that although the project is in İstanbul, you will have limited time to visit the city, due to long working hours.
Special requirements: Candidates should be at least 20 years old and have a strong motivation to work with disabled people, socially disadvantaged groups & individuals and write a detailed motivation letter including their experience (if any) and wish to be a part of a hard working team. Previous experiences are preferable but good mood & good wills are more essential.
Volunteers talented in dance, drama, playing a music instrument, juggling, photography, film, drawing, rhythm, vocal/choir will be preferred, although you may offer to teach another art or activity. Teachers of above-mentioned fields are needed especially. A motivation letter should be sent along with the application form. Applications without motivation letter will not be considered.
Duration of the project: Minimum stay is 1 month up to 3 months. One can start any time, but please be aware that, as the beginning dates are flexible for each volunteer, you might be the only volunteer during your stay if there is no other application for the same period. The project is running from January 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014.
Accommodation: In a volunteer house near the Center at the Asian side of Istanbul. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.
Location: Atasehir is a modern part of Istanbul in the Asian side. The project site is close to many attractions.
Age range: 20 and over
Participation fee: $590 CAD