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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.
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 opportunitiesArt ProjectsLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsTeachingGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
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.
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.
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.
2 private rooms.
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
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
There is enough place in the garden for mid-large vans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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I spent 3 and a half weeks with Kamil, Ozlem and the animals and loved every second and wish I could have stayed longer! After having a negative experience in another workaway ranch in Turkey Kamil welcomed me with open arms and instantly made me feel safe, welcome and like a part of the
Love, love, love you guys!
Any host is lucky to have
We can write how good they are, how responsible and how lovely they are but really words would not be enough to
This was our second experience and could not have been better. Our goal was to stay 2 weeks and extend to 2 months. And we would stay longer if it was not because of the visa. The activities were simple like walking the dogs in the morning, cleaning the house, cleaning all the litter boxes, feeding the cats and dogs, and
Thank you Itir, Kamil, Pau, Valentin, Jess, Llew, Nuray, Nastia and
He was always
I met fantastic people. Camil and Itir are so nice, I feel like in my house there.
And the time that I spent in the ranch was good because the others volunteers.
Between the owners and them I learnd everything necessary to take care the dogs and the cats, and enjoy this place.
In the middle of the
The most difficult thing
Itir and Kamil are the best
Kat and Joey were perfect additions to the ranch’s team. Both of them were always willing to work and get the job done!
Kat has great leadership skills; she organized a complete house cleaning assembling all the other volunteers and for the Christmas party she was the first one to put her hands to work to
So here is a couple of words from them:
Many many thanks to Lou and Jess for staying with us! They were great both for taking care of the animals and the house!
Both are very open people with a great sense of humor)
At the ranch we met a lot of new friends and shared with each other cultural experience: Flo taught us to
Another lovely couple we loved hosting! Anton and Katya were very good volunteers who were very responsible, very nice to be around and very helpful. They got attached to the ranch very
We do miss you man! And
I came for 2 weeks, left after 10! Difficult place to say goodbye to.
The hosts, Itir and Kamil, are 2 very nice people. Sometimes they are very busy with their job so be prepared to be left by yourself at the ranch.
Walking the dogs and cleaning were the main
She is a great person with a very big heart and she always is around helping with any task whether she was given or not. She is friendly,
Walking dogs and cleaning up after about 100 animals each day can be exhausting, but the love you will receive in return
They were very good with the animals and although it was their first experience with many dogs, I believe they did
The work was relaxed, but consistent. We were responsible for cleaning the house every day, and for looking after the animals. This included feeding chickens and collecting eggs, feeding and
We entered in the ranch in the night when Itir and Kamil weren't there and we were so welcomed by the dogs, also our Ennie was very appreciated by them. Asla jumped on me in the first moment and started to kiss me, I just knew that it would be a great adventure. And it
David is a very nice person, he is calm, loving and caring for animals. He was here for a shorter stay but he adapted very quickly to everything, helped us a lot and became a member of the family very quickly.
He is perfect with animals and they loved him a lot, too.
When Shel came to the ranch, she adapted very easily and was able to run the place on her own. Although she was alone for some time, she handled all the tasks without any problems and since we had to stay in the city for a while, she stayed here alone and managed
Kamil told me a lot of facts about my country that i haven't known! He is very friendly, talkative, smart man and he plays billiard very well! (actually he doesn't :) i'm joking).
Itir cooks very delicious dishes! I really enjoyed it! She was always kept in touch with me, even
We stayed for five
They are respectful, responsible, trustworthy and very attentive. We had to stay
With that said, I've done many Workaway projects and not one can even come close to how enjoyable this project was. The
Skarlet is definitely one of the most positive volunteers we had so far. She never panics, never gets very worried or sad. She is responsible, hardworking, easy to go with, and is someone you can rely on. We had to leave the ranch to
Flo is full of energy, he never feels down, always around for new tasks. He is a great cook, prepares perfect meals! He is responsible, hardworking, easy to go with, and is someone you can rely on. He build the cats a play house and
She was lucky because we had 9 workaways when she was here so she did not have to carry all the responsibilities by herself and she was able to blend in well with all
We can, very confidently, say we welcomed the World in our ranch, so many good and great people, wonderful memories, everlasting friendships... Really, thank you, from the heart!
And, regardless of past or future, the GREATESTEVER THANKS, goes to Jonathan Dunne. A
This is an incredible place to be if you love taking dogs for walks and having multiple cats on your lap. Itir and Kamil are kind, generous, funny, tranquil, and have
You can just leave your place to her and you don't
He was extremely good with the dogs and the other animals and really understood how things worked and what the ranch is about :)
Börek remains oblivious to this all apart from his food and bed in Sarah & Mohameds room.
Thank you very much to
All the animals are fantastic! They'll follow you around everywhere and are so beautiful! Ill never forget PAKISA (I hope I
We stayed at Itir and Kamil’s place for one month. Arriving on the farm was anything but ordinary! :) Starting from the first moment, we truly felt the excitement and curiosity of an uncountable number of animals. Dogs and cats strolling around our feet, joining us on the sofa, accompanying us around construction work and