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.
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 and German speakers who can translate English to Russian/German for our website and smart phone apps and can do Russian research on the web.
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