Non-profit activity center for children with special needs in Cappadocia, Turkey

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  • Last activity: 9 Apr 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a non-profit organization providing creative workshops for children and adults with all types of special needs. The first of its kind in Cappadocia, it encourages the development of imagination, creativity, and skills through music, art, theatre, handicraft, drama/dance, and sports in a less traditional/institutional environment.

    We have students of all ages with physical and mental special needs who attend the academy from traditional government and private rehabilitation centers. They participate in dance, yoga, music, animal therapy, art, play, library, and handicraft workshops. We encourage physical activity in our garden and riding the Academy’s horses.

    We are providing all meals and accommodation for volunteers. If we have at least 6 volunteers, they have 2 days off a week. One is on Mondays and the second is on a day decided by the volunteer.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    This is a great place to learn about the culture of Cappadocia, Anatolia, Central Turkey... The area Cappadocia is a place which still carries the Anatolian culture. On our land we have locals working from nearby villages, and we help with each others work.
    Helping with projects encouraging creative thinking, volunteers are encouraged to be as creative as possible. We work as a team and our brainstorming meetings is a place where all kind of great ideas are shared. This is a place for those who want to gain more experience working with children, boosting their creative ideas and bringing their creative projects to life.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We bring good people and good causes together. Find a cause that lights you up. Connect with what matters to you. Discover a way to give back that's meaningful to you. Create more value to our mission.

    Give us your SUPPORT and we give you our LOVE !

    We are looking for volunteers to lead Creative workshops for our kids and adults with disabilities:

    - Music workshop leader
    - Painting workshop leader
    - Theater workshop leader
    - Photo and video workshop leader
    - Animal-care workshop leader
    - Gardening workshop leader
    - Yoga workshop leader
    - Dance workshop leader
    - Language workshop leader
    - and leaders from similar areas.

    Besides of children care, we have also a small farm and ecosystem and we encourage to cleaning, activities and helps with animals and garden.

    Someone who can help with little tasks with the animals in our farm, we have donkeys, horses, sheeps, dogs, cats, pigeons, chickens and geese. (Taking care, feeding and cleaning)

    We are open to all other skills which bring new scope of learning.

    We offer:

    - Human experience
    - Wonderful setting
    - Hospitality
    - Accommodation and food

    The project is to help to children and adults with disabilities by offering them artistic support through art workshops (music, painting, craft creations,play ...), animal therapy through riding lessons (horses) and their contact with nature through the vast and beautiful natural environment, farm and vegetable garden. It would be also useful for us to have professionals from hypothearpy and adaptive riding.

    To help them to social inclusion through strengthening their creativity and artistic expression. and promote artistic encounters between able and disabled people.
    Make change and better acceptance of others regardless of differences.

    - Support intervention artists and volunteers by art with mental, physical and social disabled kids and adults.
    - Provide artistic workshops (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, cinema, yoga, handcraft...)
    - Organize artistic shows fulfilled by kids and adults handicap bearers (for the open air cinema).
    - To create awareness about disability rights.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a dorm on the farm; breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, we have veg and non-veg food. our fruits and veggies come straight from our organic garden! Please keep in mind that fruits and veggies are avaliable during the season😉 If it is off season, we buy them from the market. For the meals, we are all responsible and it is a team work. In winter time, Cappadocia is very cold and less works compared to summer season. Thus, in summer time more work is needed for farm and animal care.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our academy is situated in the stunning Görkündere Valley in Cappadocia/Turkey. The lunar landscape and fairy chimney rock formations provide plenty of inspiration.
    Our workshops situated in several natural cave rooms on top of which is our organic garden. If you think that you are good at gardening, it would be a pleasure to teach us and the kids for gardening.

    For animal lovers we have donkeys, horses, sheeps, dogs, cats, pigeons, chickens and geese living on our land.

    On your free time you can go for hikes in the stunning valleys of Cappadocia; if you are an early-bird you can watch the sunrise from the infamous view point of Göreme which is situated just behind our farm...

    On your day off you can visit the villages nearby, visit the pottery making workshops in Avanos, or spend time in town, which is a 10 minute walk from our farm.

    At the farm we all have our individual work, however we like to keep the team spirit going, so our meal times are our "get together" times, we ask the volunteers to help with simple tasks in the kitchen with help clear up after the meals, and help with simple cleaning tasks. We simply like to see volunteers "feel at home" and would like to have the same response from our volunteers, too... 🙂
    We have internet access.
    Smoking is only allowed outside and far away from the kids. Alcohols and drugs are completely forbidden in the academy. No parties are allowed from the people outside. We can do birthday, farewell or welcome parties for the volunteers.
    Our academy can host 14 volunteers during the winter time. However, for the summer season, volunteers can also stay in the outside in their tents or in our own tents. Thus, we can host at least 20-25 volunteers during the summer season, which is running from May till September.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days a week, with 2 days off

Host ref number: 554313733984

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