Volunteer in Turkey

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Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, Turkey has opened its borders to accommodate over 1 million refugees. Although volunteers are needed to assist, projects working with refugees almost always require trained and skilled volunteers. You can learn more about helping as a skilled volunteer or donating to the cause by contacting relief organizations like Project Hope, the International Rescue Committee, or UN Refugee Agency.

Positioned between two continents, Turkey is a fascinating nation which is a gateway to Europe and Asia. Turkey has a very rich history and heritage. It is home to many historical cities like Ankara, Izmir, and the famous Istanbul. Turkey has opportunities for volunteers to work on a variety of projects, and through volunteering, individuals will discover a different aspect of the nation.

Teach English

The main language in Turkey is Turkish, with many people also speaking Arabic. English isn’t known spoken very widely which leads to a need for native English speakers to teach English in the nation. There are many options for volunteers who want to teach English, including teaching in schools or home stays.


Although parts of Turkey are well developed, there remain parts that need extensive work. There are thus many opportunities for volunteers to help towards Turkey’s development. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to work on various projects, like constructing schools, houses, and community centers.

Organic Farming

Many areas of Turkey are devoted to farming and organic farming in particular. There are quite a few opportunities for volunteers interested in farming. As a volunteer, you will work on a organic farm, assisting with farming, harvesting, and upkeeping.

How to Save Money While Volunteering

Turkey is a popular tourist destination which means that there are many shops and restaurants targeting tourists and these places tend to be quite pricey. If you’re on a tight budget, try to avoid avoid popular tourist hotspots and instead try and shop and eat in places frequented by locals. Try and avoid taxis and walk or use public transportation as much as possible.

Best Places To Volunteer

Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Bursa

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Turkey

Volunteers in Turkey are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure to vaccinated for Rabies. For more information visit MD Travel Health.

Turkey is a safe nation. Violent crime is rare and tourists don’t need to be too concerned for their safety. However, it's important to watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas, and check on the current safety situation before departure.

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Volunteers For Peace (VFP)
Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service proj...
Joint Distribution Committee - JDC Entwine
What are you doing this summer? Go Global! Are you looking for a meaningful opportunity? This summer take part in one of 11 d...
Elbademi Farm
People from all over the world come to Elbademi Farm to share in our ecological lifestyle. We welcome volunteers into our fam...
Volunteers for International Partnership (VIP)
In Turkey you will find people in varying economic conditions, with many in need of basics - adequate nutrition, education an...
We are looking for the EVS volunteers from Hungary, Spain, Poland and Italy for the approved 4 months project in Ankara, Turk...
Belek region in Antalya, Turkey is one of the two largest known sea turtle nesting area in the Mediterranean, and this projec...
Biblical Archaeology Society
Want to experience history first-hand? Volunteer at an archaeological excavation! BAS helps volunteers from around the world...
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Alternative Camp
Alternative Camp has been making differences for thirteen cities in Turkey, and we need your help too! Here is a list of acti...
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AIESEC Australia
Our two main projects in Turkey are the 'My World, My Choice' and 'A Language, A Person' projects. My World, My Choice is abo...
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In order to supply annual olive and olive oil stocks for disadvantaged youth and children, disabled people, teenagers and kid...