East West Camp
Imagine a camp, with participants from dozens of different cities from all corners of Turkey.
Imagine a camp, with international participants from different countries, from Australia to China, from Ivory Coast to Mexico.
Since 2008, the East West Camp has been bringing together young people from all over the world, who have been working in volunteer projects in their localities, and who are part of the solution for where they live, in Izmir.
What's the goal of East-West Camp?
Volunteer youth from all corners of Turkey and many countries of the world,
take inspiration from each other
Developing new ideas
It brings together to ensure intercultural interaction.
Young people from different backgrounds experience living together without the foreign language barrier, learning from each other and looking at life from different perspectives.
What awaits you at the East-West Camp?
In this camp, all activities are carried out bilingual in Turkish and English with the methods of learning by experience so that the foreign language does not create a communication barrier between the participants. You will have lots of fun and new visions.
Help around the house
The main idea of the camp is to learn from each other and intercultural dialogue. In the camp we have cultural night, presentation of your country or city. We have different activities for dialogue and produce new ideas. We will share out cultures, ideas, knowledge. Then it will be easier to understand that we have so many things to learn from anyone.
You will be on the board. So you will volunteer for Turkish participants to broaden their point of view, develope their self confidence. But you will gain new skills as well.
With the contributions of sister NGOs as well as our own financial and staff sources, we organize informal and
non-formal education for socially and economically disadvantaged youth for empowering them. We try to give
equal opportunities to low-income university students to participate in learning by doing. 15-20 university
students from different cities of Turkey will have a chance to experience intercultural learning & different
activities during this camp.
Including 2 coordination leaders, the majority of the group will be Turkish. Except for the leaders, the
group members might not able to speak any foreign languages.
We are looking for 5-6 foreign volunteers/counselors who are able to organize, run and lead activities for the
participants in different areas like practicing English, sport, drama, music, chess, indoor-outdoor games,
handicraft, dance, etc. They will be working together with 2 coordinators.
⮚ Volunteers must be at least 21 years old with experience in the above-mentioned activities or group
leading. Non-formal education experience is preferred.
⮚ As the level of English of the camp participants will be very low, the volunteers/counsellors should be
talkative, encouraging, communicative, patient, talented, and ready to teach.
Work: Organizing, running & leading activities for the university students with the university students
You will contribute to the camp program depending on your abilities or strengths.
This host offers a language exchange
In the camp you have the best place to practice Turkish.
Accommodation: In in 3-4 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping
bag and mats are not necessary. (There’ll only be 2-3 people in each room due to COVID restrictions) The placement of accomodation will be done by the coordinators.
COVID: Vaccine is mandatory. As everything go as planned, every participant will be vaccinated (2 dose).
Food: Will be supplied at the campsite.
Required: A motivation letter should be sent. Applicants
will be interviewed via Zoom before being confirmed.
Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir. Volunteers should arrange
their arrival at Afacan Youth House via İzmir Airport.
Transportation: Volunteers cover their own
travel costs till they reach the venue.
Further arrival details will be on the
We dont expect and cleaning or cooking. Only mind and emotional support. Ofcourse we will have some little physical work time to time while organising or playing the workshops.
During the camp we don't go out of the camping area but before and after the camp you can travel in Izmir which is the best touristic and summer place in Turkey. You can find lots of natural beauty and cozy places. From Izmir you can go either the east or south of Turkey.
We don't have any day off, but will have time to relax and swim or for self time. If you apply for this camp please remember that this is a camp with and intense program with so many funny activities ( team games, sport, art, drama, farewell night shows , social awareness activities etc)
We will go to the camping area one day before the participants come and one day after they go.
In the camp we will have two groups one after another. Each group stays 5 nights and 6 days. Between two groups there is one day to refresh and prepare for the next one.
In the camping area we have a nice big garden, seaside, pool, basketball area and 5 minute distance market ( which is really little market)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day for 2 weeks