Participate in establishing a Solidarity-Life Village in Turkey (Çeşme and Gaziantep)

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  • Description

    Description

    In Izmir:

    Our village near Çeşme aims to become a self-sustainable village where we live together as a big family, with Turkish people, volunteers from all over the world, and Syrian families coming to participate in the projects.

    We currently have 3 programs:

    °Education Village where refugee women and their children come to learn solar engineering, and women s health in order to become financially independent and facilitate their integration into Turkish society.

    The volunteers' job is to help around in the village :
    - With the field: our permaculture work is in progress
    - Care with the animals: we have sheep, chickens, cats and dogs
    - Building new spaces to host refugee women, their children and the volunteers
    - Cleaning, to maintain our living space (as you would do in your house ;)
    - Take care of the children if you have specific skills (yoga, language teacher...) or if you speak Arabic or Turkish

    °Working in the refugee camp which we visit two days per week. We distribute food, clothes, baby diapers, hygienic articles to them. We also have a mobile education project which is about teaching the children in the camp Turkish, some basic exercising, caring for their hygiene and more.

    °We also distribute food, water, baby diapers, etc. to refugees that have been caught trying to cross the sea to Greece. We are called by the military when this happens, and it can happen at any point during the day.

    /!\ The Village is not a refugee camp!

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    In Gaziantep:

    We just opened a community center near the Syrian border. Help is needed to take care of the children while their mothers are in class. Since the office has just started, the activities are still limited (workshops on soap and candle making). There is two permanent members in Gaziantep.

    °As it is a women center we, unfortunately, cannot accept men volunteers.
    °We would prefer volunteers with experience with children and over 20 years old.
    °Accomodation is provided.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - You will be in contact with persons from all over the world : Turkey, Syria, Brazil, Mexico, all Europe, Japan...etc and be able to learn all of there languages
    - You will be in contact with animals, and you can take care of them if you want.
    - You will learn a lot from the children we host
    - You can learn how to build and cultivate
    - You can learn how to cook food from all over the world
    - You can enjoy :))

  • Help

    Help

    In Izmir:

    The volunteers' job is to help around in the village :
    - With the field: our permaculture work is in progress
    - Care with the animals: we have sheeps, chickens, cats and dog
    - Building new spaces to host refugee women, their children and the volunteers
    - Cleaning around, to maintain this life area clean (as you would do in your house ;)
    - Take care of the children if you have specific skills (yoga, language teacher...) or if you speak Arabic or Turkish

    You will also help the distribution in the camps and teach the children during the mobile education program at weekends.

    We also often have building tasks to do, construction-skilled people are more than welcome :) !

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

    Whether or not you speak Arabic or Turkish we would love your help, although both are an asset.

    We welcome all help, but are specifically looking for:
    - Electronics / solar engineering
    - Permaculture and organic farming
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    In Gaziantep:
    Help is needed to take care of the children while their mothers are in class.
    Women

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portugese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Izmir village

    If you choose to stay with us instead of an alternative place you will stay in the Village, 3 km away from Çeşme, together with volunteers from all over the world. It is a self-sustainable village and we live together as a big family. We eat mostly vegetarian meals which are served three times a day. Besides that, there is free filtered water, coffee and tea all day. Volunteers live together. Showers and toilets are shared. We have washing machines if you need that. Unfortunately, we cannot let you live in the village for free as it costs a lot to pay for water, electricity, food, etc: we do not earn money and the donations go to the refugees... We ask you to pay a certain amount based on how long you will stay with us, between 5 and 10 euros.

    Days off

    Hours are generally from 9:30 to 12 then 2 to 17. The refugee women and children are here for 10 days. We go to the illegal settlements Saturdays and Sundays. Thursdays are off, more half a day in the week. The province Izmir and Çeşme is a touristic area. There is plenty to explore. 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 ruin of Troy, etc.).

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    Gaziantep:
    Accomodation is provided in Gaziantep

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Some Practical Information

    Our introductions are on fridays afternoon, so please come on a friday morning or thursday evening!

    The best way to come to Cesme is to fly to İstanbul or Ankara and then have a flight to İzmir. From Izmir airport, you can take a Havas bus to Cesme for 27 TL (1-hour drive). The Havas bus stop is when you exit the terminal at your right-hand side. Tell us you day and time of arrival and we might be able to pick you up to the Village.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    9h30 - 12h / 14h-17h

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    This host charges a fee

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

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