Participate in establishing a community in Çeşme Village, Turkey



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    Things here are changing, we are moving site and due to the events of 2020 have found ourselves in a transitional state.

    This is a great time to join us and really contribute towards re-building our projects. This year we are focusing on strengthening our children’s education projects, expanding our women’s education and workshop programmes, as well as preparing for a new village. As such we are looking for people who have skills in these areas as well as people who have experience building and working on any of these or similar projects!

    Additionally, there is plenty of fundraising, marketing, and social media work to be done and anyone with specific skills in these areas is most welcome!


    Due to the spike in virus cases across Europe, we have put extra measures in place to protect our village, volunteers, and beneficiaries. To reduce the risk of spread, we ask that you provide us with a negative PRC test taken 48 hours before.

    Our village near Çeşme aims to become a self-sustainable village where we live together as a big family, with Turkish people, international volunteers, and Syrian families joining us to participate in the projects we run.

    We currently have three programs:

    1. Education Village where refugee women come to the village to take part in a variety of workshops; solar engineering, hand crafting products, women’s health, and more in order to become financially independent and facilitate their integration into Turkish society. This program also focuses on the education and development of refugee children that come with the women.

    2. Distribution of basic items like blankets, clothes, hygiene kits, education materials to unofficial settlements in the İzmir area

    3. Mobile education program to teach basic Turkish (songs, colours, numbers) to the children of the settlements, as well as health and hygiene information.THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY DISRUPTED BY COVID

    Upcoming projects and skills needed:

    We have a number of larger ongoing marketing and fundraising campaigns that always require marketing, photography, videography and website assistance.

    In April we will move our village to a new location so will have an increase in manual labour jobs like dismantling, moving and rebuilding along with the possibility to begin a permaculture programme. We have not yet secured our new property so some of these things are site-dependent.

    /!\ The Village is not a refugee camp!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - You will be in contact with travellers from all over the world
    - You will likely learn a good amount of Turkish and/or Arabic language
    - You will gain a first-hand understanding of the refugee situation in Turkey
    - You will learn a lot from the women and children we host
    - You can learn about the marketing and fundraising efforts of an NGO
    - You can learn how to build and cultivate
    - You can learn how to cook many international dishes

  • Help


    - Maintain the cleanliness and presentation of our communal spaces (as you would do in your own home)
    - Maintain the solar engineering and education spaces used by the refugee women, completing upgrades and repairs as needed
    - Maintain organisation and up to date inventory of distribution items in our warehouse
    - Contribute to the education and entertainment of children accompanying the visiting refugee women. Through (though not restricted to) games, structured lessons (i.e turkish, math, english), as well as active and creative activities (i.e sport, painting). If you have skills like language, art or yoga teaching these can be helpful
    - Support the coordination team with marketing, fundraising, photography, videography or other specific skills
    - Share in meal prep and clean up on a rotational basis
    - Contribute to and join in with workshops for the refugee women
    - Contribute to the development of the village and community through existing/your own projects

    Along with participating in the above mentioned distribution and education programs.

    /!\ Do not hesitate to tell us if you have a specific project in mind, we are open to initiatives!

    Speaking Arabic/Turkish is not a requirement but it is very helpful.

    Types of help and learning opportunities:
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Çeşme Village:

    Our Village is 3km away from the coastal town of Çeşme. We have shared accommodation in our volunteer house with separate rooms for men and women. We eat mostly vegetarian meals which are served three times a day. Besides that, there is free filtered water, coffee and tea all day. Showers are solar heated and these, along with toilets, are shared. Washing machines are available.

    There is plenty to explore around the province on days off. You can eat ice cream in Çeşme, spend your day at the beach or go on a trip to nearby places (for example Ephesus, Chios, Alacati, Pamukkale, the ruins of Troy, etc.).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest airport is Izmir:
    After you arrive at İzmir airport you can take the airport shuttle - HAVAŞ bus to Çeşme OTOGAR (the last station). The ticket costs TL 30 and it takes around 1.15 hours. You can check HAVAŞ timetable here:

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    7am - 11am / 5pm-9pm

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    5-10€ per day contribution if staying for less than 3 months

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