Our society aims to maintain Turkey’s 18 existing culture routes, to encourage the establishment of new trekking trails, and to set standards for the best practises for their development.
Culture routes are a means of deepening cultural understanding—both within Turkey, where city-dwellers are separated by space and life-style from their rural past, and by showing international trekkers aspects of Turkey’s culture that would normally find difficult to access. The Society brings benefits to the areas through which the routes pass, by involving local people in the routes, especially in identifying old roads and by offering them the chance to host trekkers in their homes and pensions.
Turkey's first long-distance trail was the Lycian Way, launched in 1999; it runs between Fethiye and Antalya in SW Turkey. User numbers grew rapidly and thousands of people have enjoyed this trail; it encouraged other enthusiasts to establish trails too. There are now 18 culture routes in Turkey, and we are developing more.
We have just finished the first stage of an ambitious project to develop a long-distance route which links Europe to Asia. Starting in Canterbury, UK, the Via Francigena runs all the way to Rome. The new project will extend it to Bari, then across the Adriatic to Albania then Macedonia and Greece before entering Turkey. It will finish at Demre, on the south coast of Turkey. We are now preparing for other projects in different areas of Turkey.
Volunteer group for 2018
Here are details of an adventure camp on the Carian Trail - dates - 22.04 – 13.05
This is a unique work camp for nature-lovers and back-packers. The Carian Trail is Turkey’s longest footpath passing through villages, beaches, ruins and rugged coastline around the southwest corner of Turkey. This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Bozbuurun and Datça Peninsulas and other ares mainly on the coastline for 3 weeks. The work consists of clearing lots of scrub, waymarking and making paths. Volunteers need to be prepared to walk several kilometres during the work each day and to work with sharp tools. You should bring old clothes and good boots. There will be a GENCTUR leader and a local leader who speaks Turkish-English. There may be other local helpers as well on some days.
Work: Clearing scrub and bushes on paths. Waymarking, route-clearing, garbage-collection along the walking route. We would also like someone to photograph or film activities on the route and make a blog or short film.
Accommodation: Mostly wild camping (sometimes on beaches) or sometimes a village house or pension. Sleeping-bag, and mat are necessary; you can bring your own tent if you like.
Food: Materials and food will be supplied by the organizers or local authorities. Volunteers will be responsible for preparing meals for the group by daily turns.
Location: A great majority of the route follows the coastline passing through small villages near Marmaris, Datça, Akyaka and Bodrum. On your off days, you may be able to visit town centers, beaches or ruins.
Meeting place: Closest airport is Dalaman, then Bodrum. We will be meeting in Akyaka on the afternoon of 22 April. Akyaka is on the main bus route from Dalaman Airport to Marmaris and the bus takes 1 hr to Akyaka. At the end of three weeks, 13 MAY, we will drive from Bodrum to Dalaman and we can leave you at either Bodrum or Dalaman Airport. Volunteers can join for 2 weeks or for 3 weeks.
Please contact us if you would like to join this camp.
Cooking / shopping
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We need people with good internet skills, particularly wordpress, to work on our websites. We are also in need of Russian speakers who can translate English to Russian for our website and smart phone apps and can do Russian research on the web.
If you want to do work on the trails, see the 2018 camp details above.
Please note that the minimum stay for office work is normally 3 weeks.
We are a very mixed group speaking Turkish, English, Arabic, French, Italian, etc. So the volunteers can practice these languages, explore Antalya, which is a lively cultural touristic city and explore the coastal mountains around it.
English, Turkish, Italian, French
Our office is in the centre of Antalya, close to the old town (Kaleiçi) where there are shops, museums, swimming areas, places to eat and drink, etc. We have a room for 2 people inside the office with bathroom, kitchen, etc. and a garden.
We are close to all city transport. Antalya has airport bus station, tram within easy reach of our office. There are plenty of places to visit around Antalya.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers