Work Camp, Lycian Way 15.04.2019 – 30.04.2019
This is a unique work camp for nature-lovers and back-packers on the Lycian Way!
The Lycian Way is a 540 km, 29-day way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The trail consists mainly of Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails, often hard and stony underfoot, not suitable for mountain bikes.
This spring, a small group of 4-5 volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Kabak to Kaş area. 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 local leader who speaks Turkish-English.
Work: Clearing scrub and bushes on paths. Waymarking, route-clearing, garbage-collection along the walking route.
Accommodation: Mostly camping or sometimes a village house or pension. Sleeping-bag, and mat are necessary; you can bring your own tent if you like. But we have extra tents.
Food: Materials and food will be supplied by us.
Logistic: A great majority of the route follows the coastline passing through small villages near Kabak, Kalkan and Kaş. On your off days, you may be able to visit town centers, beaches or ruins.
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 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.
We usually have 2 types of need: office work and field work.
Office work generally involves website and social-media maintenance, RU-EN-DE-TR translations, organasing events, etc.
Field work is required when we need to make or renew waymarks, finding new paths, cutting and clearing scrub, etc.
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