Volunteer in Turkey

Assisting the kitchen team in Math Village education center
Sirince, Izmir       2 projects of 3 wks in August and September


Volunteer project: The Math Village in Sirince needs small groups of up to five international volunteers for different daily tasks during the summer. This project will give you a chance to meet Turkish students and young people who will be participating in mathematics courses in the center between June 1st and September 15th.

The volunteers will be mostly helping the kitchen team of the education center. Their tasks include cutting, washing, slicing vegetables, cooking meals, preparing salads, setting up tables and serving food to the students, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, etc. Some outdoor work is also possible on some days.

Math Village was created by a university professor aiming to endear math to young people. The village is over 10 years old. Around 200 math lovers gather in this center during the summer holidays to learn, exercise and study math. International and national math professors are voluntarily sharing their knowledge with the young students.

Language: English

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

Location: Sirince is a small village in the west of Turkey. The center is only a 15-minute walk from the village. Please be aware that the place is a bit isolated - no night life or TV at the center, but there is Internet connection. Sirince is a very attractive village and is famous for its homemade wines and its traditional architecture. The nearest town Selcuk is the home of the world famous Ephessus open-air museum. The nearest city Izmir is one hour away by bus.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
August 18 - September 7, 2019
September 8 - September 28, 2019

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Fable workshop in Bergama
Bergama       September 2 - September 16, 2019


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

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

Language: English

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

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

Nearest terminal: Bergama

Nearest airport: Izmir

Age range: 18 and over

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Preparing for the olive harvest
Sirince, Izmir       October 20 - November 9, 2019


Volunteer project: Math Village is a math summer school located in the nature, which owns over 1000 olive trees and harvests about 20 tons of olives per year. The oil produced from the collected olives is used in the kitchen of the summer school.

Math Village needs volunteers to work on the olive yard before the harvest. This involves hard physical work: hoeing the soil, cutting and removing dead branches, clearing and leveling the ground, removing stones, etc.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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


Volunteer project: The Youth Center in Yeni Sakran is a place where programs and activities are organized for disadvantaged youth and children, disabled people, teenagers and kids. In order to supply the annual olive and olive oil stocks, the center will host volunteers to pick up and process olives from the garden.

Volunteers will collect olives from the trees, separate according to quality, pack, make stripes on olives, etc. There is a chance to see olive oil making process in a factory. As the youth center will be shut after this project, the volunteers will be asked to help move some things 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 the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 35 and over

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Olive picking experience in Turkey
Sirince, Izmir       2 projects of 3 wks in November and December


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 tasks 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

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
November 10 - November 30, 2019
December 1 - December 21, 2019

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Long-term projects in Turkey