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Volunteering in Turkey

The difference in economic conditions leaves some people in Turkey without adequate social services. Volunteering in Turkey contributes to the country’s needs in a meaningful way and allows volunteers to practice skills, establish relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Traditional Turkish Arts & Crafts project is one of the hundreds that require volunteers to help carry out important work. The project is located in a building that was once a school for secular education (former Madressa), in old part of Istanbul. After renovations to the school in 1989, traditional music and Ottoman handicraft courses and workshops for foreigners and locals are conducted here. This is an ongoing effort in preserving Turkish history and culture through classes in Turkish marbling, stained glass, calligraphy, and ceramics in addition to music and art exhibitions. Volunteers get to attend classes and help exhibit work, organize classrooms and maintain them and help staff by interacting with English speaking visitors.  

There different social welfare projects to support disadvantaged families. Main function of such projects is to provide basic necessities like food, clothing, medicines and medical follow ups. Foundations running such projects also provide uniforms, books and scholarships to children so they can continue their education. Volunteers are required to help put together monthly aid boxed. They also work with children directly and help them in arts & crafts, computer technology, language, sports and chaperone trips and activities.

The Turtle Research and Rescue project is located on Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Mugla Province. Volunteers are needed to walk along the beach for long periods of time, marking turtle nests, preserving them and helping the babies to reach the sea after hatching. This is the ideal way to spend time on the beach while working with animals.

 

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