Come and join us and the animals in our garden in Antalya, Turkey

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  • Last activity: 22 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are like a school for first-time workawayers. It is a comfortable and safe place with very valuable experience in hosting volunteers from every culture. Up until now volunteers have joined us from more than 100 countries, and more than 1/3 of it have been repeated volunteers (some returned more than 5 times). You will have 2 off-days per week and please remember that we prefer to welcome volunteer friends minimum for 3 weeks.

    We are located 10 mins away from the international airport by driving. There is a bus stop 1700 meters away from home where you can take bus to many points in the city center and the service is running from 6 am to 1 am after midnight. You need to have a Antalya card to use transportation services. Cash or credit-card doesn't work in the bus services.

    A typical day here is as follows:

    1. Cleaning the cat litter boxes, throwing out rubbish to municipal bin on the road right next to main gate.
    2. Vacuuming and mopping floors.
    3. Keeping the house clean and tidy all the time.
    4. Refreshing / topping up water of cats and dogs - inside and out in the garden.
    5. Feeding dogs.
    6. Taking care of the garden, trees. Cleaning garden (litter picking, grass cutting); taking care of trees such as trimming, dunging and picking fruits, planting new trees; maintenance and organizing, pinterest or DIY projects.

    Golden rules:

    1. Never leave your belongings unattended (because of the puppies and kittens).
    2. Sleep well, eat well, always be positive and energetic.

    My children (40 cats and 20 dogs) are very friendly and loving - all strays.

    Smoking or alcohol is not prohibited.

    Make sure you don't have allergies or otherwise don't forget to take your medicine with you.

    You have free wi-fi (not unlimited), and accommodation.

    Kamil Kartal's short article on VOLUNTEERING.
    The Essence of "GÖNÜL" in Volunteerism

    In the English language, the word "VOLUNTEER" is commonly used to refer to individuals who selflessly offer their services for a cause or organization without expecting any compensation in return. However, its true equivalent in Turkish is the word "GÖNÜLDÜR," which translates to "from the heart." GÖNÜL is derived from the Turkish word for "heart," representing the deep emotional connection and sincerity associated with volunteerism. When someone serves as a GÖNÜLLÜ, a volunteer, their heart beats in harmony with the cause they support, making this concept profoundly meaningful.

    GÖNÜLLÜLÜK encompasses the belief that individuals perform their tasks with unwavering dedication and wholehearted commitment. In this concept, there is no room for carelessness or unwillingness. Procrastination, delay, and negligence are foreign to GÖNÜLLÜLÜK. Prioritizing other matters over the designated responsibilities is unheard of. As a result, the margin for error in GÖNÜLLÜLÜK is virtually nonexistent, if not entirely absent. Why? Because individuals carry out their duties with utmost devotion, investing their heart into their work. They observe with wide-open eyes while also perceiving through the eyes of their hearts. Through their GÖNÜL, they perceive nuances, sense emotions, understand, and empathize. They wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to their tasks and strive to achieve the best possible outcome.

    The power of GÖNÜL lies in its ability to inspire individuals to transcend mere obligation and embrace a profound sense of purpose. When one becomes a GÖNÜLLÜ, their motivations extend beyond external rewards or recognition. It becomes a personal journey, driven by an inner calling. The GÖNÜL illuminates their path and ignites a passion that fuels their actions. It empowers individuals to go beyond their perceived limits and strive for excellence.

    GÖNÜLÜLÜK is not limited to a single act of service; it encompasses a way of life. It embodies virtues such as selflessness, compassion, dedication, and integrity. As individuals engage in GÖNÜLLÜLÜK, they develop a heightened awareness of the world around them. They embrace diversity, understanding that every action they take can make a meaningful impact on others' lives. GÖNÜLÜLÜK fosters unity, solidarity, and a deep sense of belonging to a larger community.

    In the realm of volunteerism, the word "GÖNÜL" holds a unique significance. It represents the fusion of heart, passion, and purpose in one's service to others. Through GÖNÜLÜLÜK, individuals rise above mediocrity, transcending their limitations to make a genuine difference. By investing their hearts into their work, GÖNÜLLÜLER exemplify the true essence of volunteerism, where each action is performed with care, empathy, and unwavering dedication. It is through GÖNÜLÜLÜK that we can create a better world, one heartfelt act of service at a time.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    You will primarily learn a lot about animal care and dog behavior, as well as experiencing life in a more rural area, Turkish culture and food, and the Turkish language if you are interested.

  • Help


    Feeding & playing with the animals; cleaning garden (litter picking, grass cutting); taking care of trees such as trimming, dunging and picking fruits for sales purpose, planting new trees; maintenance and organizing, pinterest projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would very much like to develop my very basic Italian and also learn Spanish from scratch. And in exchange I would be happy to teach you basic Turkish language.

  • Accommodation


    2 private rooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located app 10 minutes from Antalya international airport. There are buses to the city center. Antalya is well known with its history and the lovely beaches...

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is enough place in the garden for mid-large vans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 846368178824

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