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Organising a summer camp for children and youth in Denizli
Civril, Denizli          July 20 - August 3, 2015

Volunteer project: Civril town hosted the first international volunteer project last year. The impact was very positive and the municipality is going to host 2 different groups this year for a summer camp project. If you are a talkative, friendly and smiling person, you are welcome to join the camp and practise English with the local kids and youngsters in the 13-23 age group.

The summer camp will have different sport sessions and practising English will be an additional part of the program. Although volunteers will mainly focus on practising English, any additional talent will be appreciated. Volunteers who can play an instrument, organize a drama, teach indoor/outdoor games, will be preferred. Volunteers are also expected to make a presentation of their country and culture. But the most important part is speaking English. This project offers high level close contact with the locals.

Special requirements: A good level of English and some teaching experience is required. A motivation letter with a Skype ID must be sent together 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.

Language: English

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

Location: Civril is a town in the west of Turkey. The nearest city is Denizli.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Let's make a film
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          July 20 - July 28, 2015

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 20, 2015, Monday, between 08.00 – 17.00 hours, at the cost of 20 €. The group will depart to the project site on the same evening by an overnight coach and assisted by group leaders.
The teen participants will also be accompanied on their return to Istanbul on the day of July 28, 2015, Tuesday. The group will arrive in İstanbul in the evening and a hostel bed+breakfast will be arranged for them at a cost of 15 € per night. Thus the return flight tickets must be arranged for the next day July 29, 2015, Wednesday from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Or if you can travel alone, you can also fly back from Izmir on July 28, 2015. The project site is 2 hours by train from Izmir Airport.

Language: English

Accommodation: At the Youth center, in 3-6 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: 210 Euro

                                                                                                         

 

Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          July 21 - August 4, 2015

Volunteer project: A summer camp for groups of disadvantaged children aged 8-14 and Turkish and foreign teenagers aged 14-17, whose families are financially supporting this holiday, will be organized in a youth centre by the seaside. The funds raised by such camps are used to support disadvantaged kids to have a holiday in the same center later in the summer, like the one that will take place in the second week. The camp sessions last for a week. There will be two different teens/kids groups in each period.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 8-14 and teens of 14-17, and leading several activities for them.
The main theme of the first week is filmmaking. The teen group will create a short film in the camp with the help of the volunteers.
In the second week, the camp for disadvantaged children will take place. “Children's dreams come true” is a special project designed for orphanage children. This week of the 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. Economically and socially disadvantaged children between 8-14 years old, from İstanbul or other cities, will be hosted in the Youth Centre.

You will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids and teens 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/teens through the given & intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with the kids/teens 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. Please, note that only 4 international participants are recruited for this project.

We are looking for communicative, talkative volunteers who are at least 20 years old with experience in acting, directing and/or film making. Experience in photography and short film making and skills in any sport (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, etc.) chess, arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, in & 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 your motivation letter.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 3-6 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of kids/teens they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir. Please arrange your travel to İzmir Airport.

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organising an English language camp for youth
Seferihisar, Izmir          July 22 - August 1, 2015
Seferihisar, Izmir          August 14 - August 24, 2015

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.

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: Basic, in camping tents. 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: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Teen volunteer experience in Turkey
Egirdir, Isparta          July 27 - August 6, 2015

Volunteer project: This project aims to bring teenagers from different countries and cultures together to make their first steps in voluntary service. Egirdir municipality which has hosted many volunteer projects in the past, will host a teenage group this year. The volunteers will be involved in different manual activities like renovation, painting, beach cleaning.

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.

Arrival and departure: Airport transfer for the teenagers may be organized upon request but only from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (in the European side) on July 27, 2015, Monday, between 08.00 – 17.00 hours, at the cost of 20 €. The group will depart to the project site on the same evening by an overnight coach.
The return to Istanbul will be on the night of August 6, 2015, Thursday. Thus the return flight tickets must be arranged for August 7, 2015, Friday from Istanbul Atatürk Airport after 12.00 o’clock.

Language: English

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

Location: Eğirdir is a lovely town by a large lake in the southwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 16 - 18 years old

Extra fee: 100 Euro

                                                                                                         

 

Yoga, Dance and Arts at the Aegean Coast
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          July 29 - August 5, 2015

Volunteer project: Have you ever practiced yoga or at least wished to do yoga? Would you like to volunteer in a youth center for different daily tasks like helping to produce powder soup or playing with disadvantaged kids or teaching them something you know? You can do so, while attending the morning and evening yoga sessions. You can also participate in activities like oil painting, dance classes, water marbling and others.

You will enjoy your stay in a youth house by the sea while practising yoga and doing different activities. Some of the activities will be organized together with groups of children who are using the same venue for kids camps.

While participating in the art workshops and yoga sessions in this project, you can also volunteer to organize some activities for the kids staying at the center.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the youth house, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Yenisakran is in the West of Turkey by the Aegean Sea. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir. Please arrange your travel to İzmir Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The funds raised from the extra fees are used to support the disadvantaged children's camps in the youth house.

                                                                                                         

 

Circus and street arts festival in Mardin
Mardin          August 1 - August 14, 2015

Volunteer project: “Circus & Street Arts Festival” will be organized in Mardin and volunteers are needed to prepare, run and perform in it. The festival groups are going to visit nearby towns and refugee camps to meet children and youth living there. Anybody is welcome but people with skills in circus or street arts like juggling, clowning, stick walking, tightrope dancing-walking, fire blowing, capoera, mime, graffiti, acrobatics, illusion, etc., are especially welcome.

The volunteers will be helping the organisation committee to prepare the festival, setting up stands, tents, hanging posters, inviting people by different activities. But if you have a talent as mentioned above you can perform and teach it to the locals.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including some pictures showing your talent (if possible) should be sent with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory; sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Mardin is a city in the south-east of Turkey by the border with Syria but not affected by the events there. The volunteers will be picked up at Mardin airport on the first day of the project.

Terminal: Mardin

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Family project: Landscaping and creating green spaces in Cardak
Cardak, Canakkale          August 1 - August 11, 2015

Volunteer project: This is a special volunteer project for families. One adult and a child can join but bigger families are also welcome. Kids up to 14 years old, travelling together with an adult volunteer are welcome.

Cardak is a seaside town that has hosted international volunteers many years ago. The locals are willing to host another volunteer project this year for different improvement and beautification works in the town. The volunteers will take part in manual activities like landscaping, creating green areas, cleaning the roads, collecting garbage, 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 building. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Cardak is a small and calm seaside town in the northwest of Turkey and close to the antic sites Troy, Assos and Gallipoli battle fields. The nearest city is Canakkale.

Terminal: Istanbul

Extra fee: 50 Euro per adult and 30 Euro per child

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir          August 1 - August 15, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          August 16 - August 30, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          September 1 - September 15, 2015

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, classroom cleaning and work in the kitchen of the non-formal education center.

Math Village was created by a university professor aiming to endear math to young people. The village is already 8 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 dormitories until June 1st. After June 1st, under the supplied tents. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary in both cases. If you prefer privacy you can bring your own tent.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Social integration of disabled people through art and sport
Kas, Antalya          August 3 - August 17, 2015

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: Under tents. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary. If you prefer privacy, you can also bring your own tent.

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

Terminal: Kas

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          August 4 - August 17, 2015

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 8-14 years old will be hosted in the Youth Centre for one week each.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 8-14 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. Please, note that only 2 international participants are recruited for this project.

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 3-6 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. Please arrange your travel to İzmir Airport.

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Support a shelter for poor children and improve your creative writing
Catalca, Istanbul          August 5 - August 20, 2015

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. Their ages range from kindergarten children to university students. The center aims to provide not only shelter, food and health support for the children, but also proper education and professional training. Many different social, artistic and cultural activities are also organized for the children.

The buildings and the garden of the premises need to be renovated. They also have a farm with some cattle and a vegetable field. 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 in the field like hoeing the soil, picking vegetables, etc. or some work in the kitchen like preparing food, washing the dishes.

Apart from the daily work schedule, the volunteers will be able to participate in a “Creative Writing Atelier” which will be led by a Turkish author. Thus if you are interested in creative writing, you are especially welcome. The writing activities will be held out of the working hours.

Special requirements: Please send a motivation letter with the application about your interest or talent in writing.  

Language: English

Accommodation: In the farm house. Sleeping bag and a mat are necessary.

Location: The shelter is located in the outskirts of Catalca town, which is 1 hour 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

                                                                                                         

 

A journey into Anatolian culture
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          August 9 - August 16, 2015

Volunteer project: This project is an opportunity for the participants to learn about Anatolian culture. You will have a chance to learn about different features of a different culture through non-formal learning methods. Participants will join in daily cultural activities and will get to know the Anatolian culture with the help of the group leaders. Handicrafts, folk and belly dance, cooking, will all be part of the program.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the youth house, in 2-3 bedded rooms.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir. Please arrange your travel to İzmir Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The funds raised from the extra fees are used to support the disadvantaged children's camps in the youth house.

                                                                                                         

 

Cycling and raising environmental awareness
Edirne          August 10 - August 24, 2015

Volunteer project: This is a special project for people who like to ride a bike. The international volunteers will take part in a local initiative for creating awareness about pollution and cleaning the environment.

The volunteers will collect plastic garbage and waste materials in order to raise awareness about the environment. Every second day, there will be a ride to nearby villages. The longest round trip will be around 50 km. Bikes will be provided. Cyclists are very welcome, as well as two other volunteers to work in the office to set up social media information channels.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be able to ride a bike, for a return distance of 50 km in one day.

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 day.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a house in Edirne city center. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Edirne is a border city in the European part of Turkey. A day trip to Bulgaria and Greece may be organized during the project.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation of village schools in Antalya
Kas, Antalya          August 14 - August 30, 2015

Volunteer project: The primary and secondary schools of Sutlegen village need renovation and international volunteers are invited to help. The main tasks for the group will be landscaping in the gardens of the schools and painting some walls. The locals will welcome the volunteers by showing them the traditional Turkish hospitality.

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 the school dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Kas is one of the most popular coasts in southern Turkey. The project site is 50 km from the town center, in the mountains.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Intercultural learning program for disadvantaged university students
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          August 16 - September 2, 2015

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 be able to speak any foreign languages.

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 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

                                                                                                         

 

Painting a school in Lapseki
Lapseki, Canakkale          August 17 - August 31, 2015

Volunteer project: Lapseki is a seaside town which hosted several workcamps in the past. This year the municipality invites international volunteers for painting a school and helping with some other landscaping works in the town. Volunteers' main tasks involve painting indoor and outdoor walls of the school.

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

Location: Lapseki is a small and calm seaside town in the northwest of Turkey and close to the antic sites Troy, Assos and Gallipoli battle fields. The nearest city is Canakkale.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Clearing and marking hiking trails in Kırklareli Province
Demirköy, Kırklareli          September 14 - September 28, 2015

Volunteer project: The participants in this project will join local efforts to create awareness about the natural environment and promote trekking in Kırklareli Province in the European part of Turkey.

The help of international volunteers is needed in marking trekking roads, installation of information and direction signs on the roads, clearing the paths and collecting plastic garbage. The longest daily walk will be around 15 km.

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 day.

Language: English

Accommodation: Under the supplied tents. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary. The group will move to a different location every 2-3 days. Applicants should be aware that the living conditions will be basic.

Location: Demirköy is a town of Kırklareli Province in the Marmara region of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Help Turkish students boost their English skills
Bozkurt, Kastamonu          September 29 - October 12, 2015

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.

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 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

                                                                                                         

 

Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran, Izmir          November 1 - November 8, 2015

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 a municipal field.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince, Izmir         November 15 - November 30, 2015
Sirince, Izmir         December 1 - December 15, 2015

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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