Volunteer in Turkey


Adventure camp on the Carian Trail
Antalya       April 26 - May 16, 2019

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, mainly along the coastline, for 3 weeks. Volunteers need to be prepared to walk several kilometers 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.

Special requirements: A motivation letter showing the applicant's interest and commitment is required.

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. 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 airport: Antalya

Age range: 18 and over

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Permaculture farming program
Çatalca       4 projects of 3 wks from April to July

Volunteer project: There is a Children's center in Catalca, where kids from poor families receive shelter, care and support from pre-school level until they graduate from university. A farm was established in order to provide healthy food for the children living in the Center. The farm is run according to the principles of permaculture.

Volunteers will be involved in manual farm work which may vary from day to day. Some examples are: taking care of farm animals; cleaning coops and barns; preparing homemade food for chickens; making different types of composts like cold/hot compost or bokashi, as one of the major steps of permaculture is to create our own self-sufficient soil; establishing raised garden beds and filling them; making our own lactobacillus serums; general cleaning of the farm area; finding or in some cases making new tools. The work will be physically demanding at times. If the weather is bad, indoor work will be offered.

Special requirements: A motivation letter is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: There is a volunteer house for 4 people, with a kitchen.

Location: The farm is located in the countryside, but it's not isolated. The nearest town center is 5 km away.

Nearest terminal: Çatalca

Nearest airport: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
April 22 - May 10, 2019
May 13 - June 1, 2019
June 3 - June 22, 2019
June 24 - July 13, 2019

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Fable workshop in Bergama
Bergama       4 projects of 2 wks from May to September

Volunteer project: The project participants will support a local workshop and experiential association that works to improve production, development, sharing and social benefits. It was created to stand as a model in Turkey that aims to formulate and set up intellectual and practical workshops to benefit Bergama's people. This new experiential project will be carried out in a small village, 6 km away from the city center of Bergama. The workshop will include fable telling, fable performances, fable actions, fable drawing, fable with music, fable film-shootings and fable experiments from all around the world.

Volunteers who have an expertise or a strong interest in that field, can lead fable workshops. Volunteers' help is also needed for maintenance and improvement of the workshop site: taking care of the site, trees, vegetation, some renovation and construction.

Language: English

Accommodation: Housing will be provided either in the city center or near the village.

Location: Pergamon (Bergama) is 2400 years old ancient city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The city has a population of 50.000. It is about 20 minutes drive from the Aegean Sea and forested highlands. There are 114 villages nearby with an additional population of 50.000. All villages have distinctive culture, environment and local cuisine.

Nearest terminal: Bergama

Nearest airport: Izmir

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
May 17 - May 31, 2019
June 14 - June 28, 2019
July 1 - July 15, 2019
September 2 - September 16, 2019

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Organizing activities and practicing English with kindergarten children in Duzce
Duzce       June 8 - June 29, 2019

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 to 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. Also some manual help is needed such as gardening and wall painting. If you can play a portable instrument, or can teach some games/handicrafts to the kids, you are very welcome to join. You will also help organize the end of year party on June 22.

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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Paving the roads in Kepsut
Kepsut, Balıkesir       June 11 - June 26, 2019

Volunteer project: Kepsut municipality is inviting international volunteers for the second time as the follow up of last year's project where both volunteers and the locals were happy for being together. This project will offer high level of close contact with the locals.

Volunteers' main task in the project will be paving roads of the town and surrounding villages by stone pieces.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a municipality guesthouse, 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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Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       June 15 - June 23, 2019
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       June 30 - July 8, 2019

Volunteer project: “Children's dreams come true” is the motto of this special project, designed for disadvantaged 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.

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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Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir       5 projects of 3 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 16 - July 6, 2019
July 7 - July 27, 2019
July 28 - August 17, 2019
August 18 - September 7, 2019
September 8 - September 28, 2019

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Organizing an English language camp for youth
Seferihisar, Izmir       June 21 - June 30, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support a local NGO aiming to socialize disabled people of the area through water sports. They have rented a camping site where they teach swimming, canoeing and diving to disabled people. To raise funds to cover the cost of the camping site, they run an English language camp. Good English speakers are invited to spend 10 days with a group of international youngsters who wish to improve their English in such a camp.

The volunteers will be practicing English through daily activities, games and manual work. They will be organizing and running the daily activities with local and international youngsters. Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old and agree to share responsibilities together with the group leader. Practicing English is the main aim of this camp. Thus, creative volunteers with some experience in teaching, outdoor or table games, music, drama, sport, will be preferred.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Basic, in camping tents or in huts. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Seferihisar is the first slow city (Citta Slow) of Turkey, located in Izmir Province in the west of the country. The project site is by the sea.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

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Teaching basic English to school children
Samsun       June 23 - July 5, 2019

Volunteer project: Samsun city by the Black Sea coast will host a cultural exchange and language camp this summer. There will be 40 Turkish, 20 Romanian and 20 Italian secondary school students, 10-14 age group in the camp. The 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 the 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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Let's make a film
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 19 - July 27, 2019

Volunteer project: This is an international thematic camp for the age group 14-16. 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 19, Friday, between 08.00 – 17.00 hours, at the cost of 10 €. 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 27. 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 28, Sunday 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 - 16 years old

Extra fee: 225 Euro

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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 19 - July 29, 2019

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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Intercultural learning program for disadvantaged university students
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       July 29 - August 9, 2019

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/counselors 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/counselors 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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Getting ready for the olive harvest
Sirince, Izmir       October 20 - November 9, 2019

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 leveling 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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Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran, Izmir       October 21 - October 28, 2019

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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Olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince, Izmir       November 10 - November 30, 2019
Sirince, Izmir       December 1 - December 21, 2019

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

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Long-term projects in Turkey