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Renovation and landscaping of Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir          April 19 - May 3, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          May 3 - May 17, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          May 17 - May 31, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          May 31 - June 14, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          June 15 - June 30, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          July 1 - July 15, 2015
Sirince, Izmir          July 16 - July 30, 2015
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 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: 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 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

                                                                                                         

 

Help running an International Youth Festival in Central Turkey
Karaman         April 29 - May 13, 2015

Volunteer project: The International Youth Festival aims to bring together different youth NGOs from all over the world, in order to introduce themselves to each other and to the youth of the provinces in Central Turkey. The festival itself will be a 4-day event from May 8 to May 11, 2015. Activities like concerts, exhibitions, panels, NGO fair, fine art ateliers, etc. will be a part of the festival.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Accomodation will be in a dorm during the first week of the project and under tents during the second week. Sleeping bags and mats will be supplied.

Location: Karaman is a city in Central Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

                                                                                                         

 

Landscaping the garden of Orhaneli Stone School
Orhaneli, Bursa          May 4 - May 18, 2015

Volunteer project: Orhaneli Stone School was built first in 1925 and used as a primary school till 1978 and then left unused for 33 years. In 2011 it was renovated to be used as part of the university. Although the construction is completed, landscaping work is still needed.

International volunteers will work for the landscaping of the garden around the Stone 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. All volunteers will travel together to the project site by a coach on the next day, May 5, 2015, Tuesday. Thus 1 overnight stay in Istanbul is required. A hostel accommodation will be arranged for the volunteers at an extra cost of 15 Euro for bed and breakfast.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the dormitory of the school. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Orhaneli is a rural town of Bursa province, located in the nature, in the northwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organising activities and preparing a party for kindergarten children
Duzce          May 30 - June 16, 2015

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 organise 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.

We need female volunteers to help prepare 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 very welcome to join. Also some gardening works will be a part of your work.

Special requirements: This is a female only project. 

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 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

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Teaching basic English to primary school children
Kumköy, Samsun          May 30 - June 16, 2015

Volunteer project: If you like children and can teach them very basic English like days of the week, the hours, counting up to 100 with games or if you can organize daily talks with them and play with them, you will enjoy being in this project a lot. The primary school kids in the small village of Kumköy will be waiting for you and you will have unforgettable memories with them.

Volunteers' main task will be practicing basic English with the primary school children.

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

Arrival and orientation: The project will start in Istanbul with an orientation meeting that all volunteers should attend on the first day of the project. The group will travel together to the project site by a coach on the same evening.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a village house, sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Kumköy is a small village in the north of Turkey in the Black Sea region, Samsun Province.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Organizing and performing at the Orhaneli town festival
Orhaneli, Bursa          June 1 - June 16, 2015

Volunteer project: Orhaneli town is hosting a big local festival every year. Thousands of people gather for the festival and enjoy it. The volunteers in this project will help the organizing committee to prepare the festival and work for setting up the stage and the stands, cleaning the area, marking the ground, landscaping, etc. The volunteer group is also expected to perform a show. Therefore, volunteers with skills in circus or street arts like juggling, clowning, stick walking, tightrope dancing/walking, fire blowing, capoera, mime, graffiti, acrobatics, illusion, face painting, origami, balloon shaping, etc., are especially welcome.

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. All volunteers will travel together to the project site by a coach on the next day, June 2, 2015, Tuesday. Thus 1 overnight stay in Istanbul is required. A hostel accommodation will be arranged for the volunteers at an extra cost of 15 Euro for bed and breakfast.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a students dormitory. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary.

Location: Orhaneli is a rural town of Bursa province, located in the nature, in the northwest of Turkey.

Terminal: Istanbul

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

English language program for primary school students
Yesilyurt, Tokat          June 12 - June 28, 2015

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. In the past two years, 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 two 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 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: 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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help children learn conversational English
Can, Canakkale          June 15 - June 26, 2015

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 practice English. This year, our international volunteers will help the 14-17 age group to improve their conversational skills in English. We are looking for three volunteers who have a good level of English to realize this aim.

The international volunteers will be practicing English with the teenagers. Each volunteer will work with a group of teens in turn, each day and session.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be at least 20 years old, with a good level of English and some teaching experience. A motivation letter containing 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: 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

                                                                                                         

 

Organising a summer camp for children and youth in Denizli
Civril, Denizli          June 29 - July 15, 2015
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 contain 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 are 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 a 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

                                                                                                         

 

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

                                                                                                         

 

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