Volunteer on a Farm in Turkey

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Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service projects in more than 100 countries. Each year we provide almost 1,000 volunteers with invaluable opportunities to strengthen their ability to communicate in diverse groups, explore grassroots leadership opportunities, and build cultural understanding and connections around the world.

VFP offers service projects that arise from a grassroots, community based need for adults, teens, seniors, families and groups. Volunteers can choose between Short-Term Projects (Also known as Workcamps) where volunteers from 4 or more countries come together for a 2-3 week service project, or Individual Service Adventures & Gap Year Projects (Also known as Medium Term or Permanent Projects) involve working with VFP to create a personalized 2-week to 1-year experience.

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Lapseki Turkey English Camp

One of the Turkish girls had me over to her Grandparents house right on the sea of Mamara. They owned a fruit farm and I got to try an amazing assortment of home grown fruit. And the food was all home made and delicious. I just remember the beautiful sunset over the water. I could see for miles down stream. No one really spoke English, so we had to rely on pure emotion as a form of communication. It brought a tear to my eye that night and still does.

What would you improve about this program?
More supervision. I sometimes got very lost...
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Volunteering in Turkey

For three weeks this summer, I volunteered with Genctur, a volunteer organization based in Istanbul, Turkey. Our workcamp was located in Yenisakran, which is a small town ten hours from Istanbul right on the Aegean Sea. It was a beautiful location for the international summer camp where teenagers from throughout Europe traveled to spend a week. The focus of the camp, Genc Tatil, was for the campers (with help of the staff) to create a film documentary about their experiences and the history they learned about Turkey from their time there. During the course of the camp, I taught English, Music and helped with sporting activities. We would have hour long sessions each day where I was able to organize my class and direct the activities and games we played. During the camp we also had day trips where we traveled to the Acropolis, Asklepion (an ancient hospital) and Bergama (a nearby city with ancient ruins). We also hiked the countryside of Turkey through the sea and to the top of nearby mountains.

I feel that the staff and campers were able to bond through this time and also through the staff participating in each activity of the day. Each evening, we met to review the day's successes and discussed what needed to be altered for the following day to run more smoothly. The staff was friendly and the children were very eager to learn and to meet new people. Not only was it a beneficial experience for the kids (and staff) to travel to Turkey and volunteer at the camp, but by meeting new people from different backgrounds with different visions really helped shaped the camp. It was a very welcoming environment. It was an amazing experience, and I'm very glad I was able to be part of such a great camp.

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Dreams Academy (Dusler Akademisi), Istanbul, Turkey

The Dreams Academy (DA)is an new, innovative arts/sports program in Istanbul, Turkey. The DA's target population is both the disabled and disadvantaged youth from the city.

The Dreams Academy works in tandem with the United Nations Development Program in Istanbul (UNDP) and with Vodafone (a sponsor).

The focus of this project is social inclusion realized with very creative projects, i.e., their Social Inclusion Band which performs monthly at a nightclub and at music festivals.

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