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Construction and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince          May 2 - May 18, 2014
            Sirince          May 30 - June 15, 2014

Volunteer project: Have you ever heard of Mathematics Village? If you like nature, this is a tailor made project for you. Even if you hate mathematics, you can still join this workcamp, as the project is not related to math but is about helping to build a non-formal education center in the nature. Mathematics Village was created by a university professor aiming to endear math to young people. The village is already 7 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.

The center still needs some construction work and landscaping, and volunteers are needed for this task in order to prepare the complex for the coming season.

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: For the 1st project (May 2 - May 18): In the complex of Math Village. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.
For the 2nd project (May 30 - June 15): 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. Please be aware that the center is a bit isolated. No night life, TV or disco is available 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

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and maintenance of Lycian Way - the longest trekking route in Turkey
Kemer          May 9 - May 24, 2014

Volunteer project: The Lycian Way is one of the most popular and the longest trekking route in Turkey. It consists of footpaths, mule-trails and stone paved paths going over the mountains and along the coast. Its length in total is 500 km and it takes 4 weeks to walk it from the beginning in Fethiye to the end in Antalya. Due to erosion, fallen trees and growth of bushes, parts of the trail are now narrow, partly cut off, bushy, and untidy. Due to new road building, we also need to change parts of the trail.

For the first week, volunteers will reconstruct a broken path, pave parts with stones, construct steps, cut bushes and waymark the route. Volunteers will have to walk to the workplace, which is high above a beach and partly in a forest. The working place is isolated and mostly without shade, but very beautiful, and a paradise for nature and hike lovers. 6 working hours per day excluding the lunch break will be spent at the site. Be prepared for hard work under a hot sun on steep hillsides.
For the second week, volunteers will move inland and repair paths, cut bushes and waymark sections of paths around a village and down a canyon. The work is similar but the area has more forest and is higher in the mountains. More walking and exploring are invoked. Please be aware that the work is in beautiful nature but hard and challenging. The is a project for hard working nature lovers.

Language: English

Accommodation: 1st week: in supplied tents near the beach. Sleeping bag & mat are necessary. 2nd week: in boarding houses in the village. All bedding is provided.

Location: The area is the east part of the Lycian Way around Kemer, southeast of Antalya. You will be able to swim - either in the Mediterranean sea or in mountain streams. You'll also have the opportunity to visit historic sites.

Terminal: Antalya. Volunteers should fly directly to Antalya Airport, where they will be picked up.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Construction and landscaping of a theatre performance and research center
Sirince          May 20 - June 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The Theatre Centre in Sirince is designed as an international centre for research, creation and performance. It aims to be an alternative venue to host those artists, who have an ambition to not only answer current questions on theatre and performing arts, but also to raise new ones. The theatre intends to be a centre of attraction and meeting point for Turkish and world theatre.

The center still needs some construction work and landscaping. Volunteers are needed to help with this task in order to prepare the complex for the coming season.

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 complex of the Theatre Centre. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. Please be aware that the center is a bit isolated. No night life, TV or disco is available 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

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organising  activities and preparing a party for kindergarten children
Duzce          May 26 - June 10, 2014

Volunteer project: In this project we will 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 do different activities related with their jobs. Producing hand made food like jam, tomato sauce, powder soup and selling them is a source of income for the association.

They need female volunteers to help them for preparing the end of year party at the kindergarten, to decorate the walls, play games and sing songs with the kids, welcome the guests, etc. The volunteers will also help the staff to run activities 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 vey welcome. Also some gardening works will be a part of your work.

Special requirements: This is a women only camp.

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 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.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Saving the amazing fish of Lake Van
Ercis          May 29 - June 10, 2014

Volunteer project: Are you ready to see the miracle of Pearl Mullet? Pearl Mullet (also known as Van fish) is an endemic fish species only found in Turkey, living only in Lake Van. Although it lives in the salty lake waters, in May and June the fish travels upstream to lay eggs in the lake's tributaries. This migration for egg laying is a spectacular scene. You will see thousands of fish jumping into the air against the strong current of the river. Fishing during egg laying season is illegal as it endangers the species and pushes towards its extinction.
Local environmental groups are putting a lot of effort to protect the fish and to prevent the illegal fishing. A festival is organized in the town of Ercis to raise awareness in the region.

The volunteers will be helping the festival organisation committee to prepare and run the festival. This will include preparing and hanging posters, setting up stands, stages and tables, creating a drama and performing in public, distributing brochures, welcoming visitors, etc.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be able to ride a bike as the transport between the town center and the festival ground will be done by bikes only. The distance is 10 km. Bikes will be provided by the host.

Arrival and orientation: The project will start in Istanbul with an orientation meeting. Volunteers will travel all across Turkey from west to the east by coach (22 hours) on the second day of the project. Thus 1 overnight stay in Istanbul is compulsory with an extra cost of 15 Euro. The rest of the days will be spent in Van province.

Language: English

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

Location: Van is the far eastern city of Turkey by the Iranian border. Lake Van is the biggest lake of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English to high school students
Atabey          May 30 - June 14, 2014

Volunteer project: The High school of Atabey town hosts 175 teenage students. They are very excited to have a face to face contact with foreigners for the first time in their school. Volunteers are expected to practise English with the teenage students through daily conversations, in & outdoor games and other activities. This gives self confidence and encouragement to the pupils as they practise English through close contacts with international volunteers. Each volunteer will work with a group of pupils in turn, each day and session. As the school season is still on, the volunteers will also assist the English teachers in the classrooms as well as organize some in and outdoor activities for the teenagers.

Horse riding, trekking through the hills of the nearby mountain, visiting the Egirdir Lake will be the possibilities for the free days. Close contact with the local people will ensure a rich cultural exchange experience.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be at least 20 years old with a good level of English. A motivation letter containing a Skype ID must be sent together with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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

Location: Atabey is a small town in the south-west of Turkey. Nearest city is Isparta.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Family project: Preparing a Cherry Festival and improving a campsite by the Marmara Sea
Lapseki          June 7 - June 21, 2014

Volunteer project: This is a special volunteer project for families (at least one adult over 25 years and a child up to 12 years old).
Lapseki is a small town by the Sea of Marmara. The locals will harvest cherry in mid June and will celebrate the harvest with a local “Cherry Festival”. The municipality is running a public camping site in the summer where they will host a teenage camp in July. The site needs to be prepared for the summer.

The volunteers will work at the camping site and its surroundings, as well as in the town for the preparation of the festival and to do some environmental arrangements. The tasks will vary daily and the works will be light to let the kids contribute.

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 rooms with 4 beds. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Lapseki is in the north-west of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Extra fee: 30 Euro per adult and per kid over 5 years old

                                                                                                         

 

Help children learn conversational English
Can          June 13 - June 27, 2014

Volunteer project: Can is a town with 30.000 inhabitants and famous for its ceramic factory. Every year, teaching projects are organized with the students of different schools to practise English. This year, our international volunteers will help the 12-15 age group to improve their conversational skills in English. We are looking for five volunteers who have a good level of English to realize this aim.

The international volunteers will be practising English with the children. Each volunteer will work with a group of students in turn, each day and session.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be at least 20 years old with a good level of English. A motivation letter containing a Skype ID must be sent together with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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 guesthouse. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. Food will be supplied at the venue; some dinners may be offered by the families of the students.

Location: Can is in the northwest of Turkey, not far from the antic sites Troy, Assos & Gallipoli battle fields. The nearest city is Canakkale.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

English language program for primary school students
Yesilyurt          June 13 - June 29, 2014

Volunteer project: Primary school kids in the 10-14 age group of Yesilyurt town are very excited to meet volunteers from different countries and to have face to face conversation classes with them. Last year we had a very successful project in this small town and both the volunteers and the kids were very happy to be together. We are looking for five volunteers for this year's project.

The international volunteers will practice English with the kids through games, talks, conversations, dialogues, competitions and other activities. Each volunteer will work with a group of students in turn, each day and session.

Special requirements: Volunteers must have a good level of English. A motivation letter containing a Skype ID must be sent together with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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 student dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. Food will be supplied at the venue, some dinners may be offered by the families of the students.

Location: Yesilyurt is a small town in central Anatolia and very close to the antic site Sebastopolis. The nearest city is Tokat.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Landscaping school gardens in Civril
Civril          June 16 - June 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Civril town used to host volunteers through youth exchanges in the recent years. This year the town will host its first international workcamp. Volunteers will be hosted in the town center but will work both in the town and two other nearby villages. This project offers a close contact with the local people.

The main work will be re-arrangement and landscaping of the gardens of three different schools and kindergartens. One of the village schools will also be painted.

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 kindergarten. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

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

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran          June 25 - July 11, 2014

Volunteer project: A summer camp for groups of kids aged between 10-14, 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. The main theme of the camp is photography. The camp sessions last for a week. There will be two different kids groups in each period.

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 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 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. 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 a good command of English, because practicing English through songs, games and dialogues will be a part of your tasks. Experience in photography and any skills in sports (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. Applicants will be interviewed by the camp manager via Skype for selection. Please add your Skype address on 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 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

                                                                                                         

 

Ramadan in rural Turkey
Dursunbey          July 4 - July 20, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is a unique opportunity to get to know the traditional way of life of Turkish people in the rural areas. The project will take place in the traditional Dursunbey town with 17.000 inhabitants.
As this project will take place during the sacred Ramadan month of Arabic calendar, the volunteers will have a chance to observe how local people live in Ramadan. The volunteers will have the chance to have dinners with local families who are keeping fasts during the Ramadan or join in public dinners called “iftar” which means end of daily fasting.

The volunteers will help reorganizing the public picnic area of the town: leveling the ground, paving stones on the roads, creating green areas, setting up tables and seating for groups, etc.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be aware that they will be in a religious environment thus must respect the rules of Ramadan like not eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day. Clothing is also a serious issue, no short trousers or mini skirts will be allowed. This is a very nice project for people who like to learn about other cultures.

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 guest house, sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Dursunbey is a medium size town in the west of Turkey. The nearest city is Balıkesir.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Informal English teaching program for teens
Lapseki          July 5 - July 19, 2014

Volunteer project: Native or non-native English speakers are invited to spend 2 weeks with mostly Turkish and some international teenagers as well as university students in a camp site in order to practice English by daily lessons, activities, games and some light manual work.

The volunteers will be organizing and running daily activities for the local and international teenagers to practice English. Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old and agree to share responsibilities together with the group leaders. 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.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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. Each adult volunteer will be responsible for one teenage participant during the travel.

Language: English

Accommodation: Basic, in camping rooms with 4 beds. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Lapseki is a small town in the north west of Turkey by the Sea of Marmara. The camp is by the sea side.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 20 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the daily operation of a Shelter for poor and destitute children
Catalca          July 11 - July 25, 2014

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 on the field like hoeing the soil, picking vegetables, etc. or some work in the kitchen like preparing food, washing the dishes.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the theatre hall of the center. Volunteers will sleep on mattress which will be provided. You will need a sleeping bag.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran          July 11 - July 27, 2014

Volunteer project: A summer camp for groups of kids aged between 10-14 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. Each group will stay for 7 days at the center.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 10-14 and teens of 14-17, and leading several activities for them.
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 a good command of English, because practicing English through songs, games and dialogues will be a part of your tasks during the kid’s week. The main theme of the kid’s week is photography. The teen group, which will arrive in the second week, will create a short film in the camp. Experience in photography and short film making, and any skills in sports (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. Applicants will be interviewed by the camp manager via Skype for selection. Please add your Skype address on 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          July 14 - July 24, 2014
Seferihisar          August 4 - August 14, 2014

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. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Let's make a film
Yeni Sakran          July 19 - July 27, 2014

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.

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 consists of different activities like sports, arts & crafts, creative drama, music, etc. One day is reserved for an excursion with an extra cost of 15 €. 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, 2014, Saturday, 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 27, 2014, Sunday. Thus the return flight tickets must be arranged for July 28, 2014, Monday from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Or if you can travel alone, you can also fly back from Izmir on July 27, 2014. The project site is 2 hours by train from Izmir Airport. If you fly back home from Istanbul, a hostel bed+breakfast will be arranged for you at a cost of 15 €.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Yoga, Dance and Arts at the Aegean Coast
Yeni Sakran          August 10 - August 17, 2014

Volunteer project: Would you like to learn traditional Turkish arts and add your creativity to make your own products? Is practising yoga interesting for you? Are you interested in folk dances? Do you like photography or painting? Have you ever tried skin care practices?

You have the chance to learn any of these in this project. You will enjoy your stay in a youth house by the sea while practising yoga or learning traditional arts like water marbling, bead setting or fine arts like oil painting with a special technic. You can also learn a traditional Greek dance “Sirtaki”. Some of the activities will be organized together with children groups 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran          August 11 - August 24, 2014

Volunteer project: “Children's dreams coming true” is the motto of this special project, designed for disadvantaged children from an orphanage in Istanbul. 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. 2 groups of economically and socially disadvantaged children between 8-12 years old from İstanbul will be hosted in the Youth House for 1 week each.

The volunteers will be counseling 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.
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 & 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 English and in sports (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, etc.), chess, arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, in & outdoor group games.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo should complete your application form. Applicants will be interviewed by the camp manager via Skype for selection. Please add your Skype address on 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 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

                                                                                                         

 

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. Applicants will be interviewed via Skype before being confirmed.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran          November 1 - November 8, 2014

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

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince         December 15 - December 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Are you looking for a rewarding holiday during Christmas? You can 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. The group will have the opportunity to see olive oil making process in a local factory.

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 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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