Volunteer on a recycling and conservation project in Bodrum, Turkey.

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  • Description

    Description

    We are in south-west corner of Turkey, in TURGUTREIS-BODRUM, a very lucky area with a generous sunshine, some fertility, and beautiful scenery.

    We started our project, 2 years ago. Our small farm, where we experiment Perm-a-culture and Natural Farm principles, is couple of 2 km away from centre of Turgutreis. Here we are starting to make sustainable farming according to Perm-a-culture principles and Natural Farming and Visiting/Inviting Children to teach and learn the 5R’s, Animal Love, Loving the Nature, Establishing Contact with the Alternative and Sustainable Life, Learning Foreign Language etc.

    5R’s are
    1. Refuse: Say no to things you don't need
    2. Reconsider: Ask yourself, do I really need this?
    3. Reduce: Use less of what you do use.
    4. Re-use: If you can use it again, do.
    5. Recycle: If you cannot do the above 4, then recycle!

    Our farm used to comprise of arid, barren, dry landscape, all of which we made more productive over the past years. Mainly we have orange and tangerine trees and, and different fruit trees. We have some sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, and chicken. Our chickens get around under the trees. We have started our farm just few years ago, trees just growing, so, being a new farm, we have lots of things to do. Therefore, we need your different ideas, visions, perspectives and your participation. Also, we are at the planning stage for scrap and rubbish handling, so there will be hydraulic presses, pyrolysis plant etc., thus we need also competitive people with technical background and/or capabilities! As we are only a volunteer group we cannot afford to purchase brand new equipment, mostly we are gathering scrap equipment and convert them into equipment we can use.

    We like to make Natural way of Farming, we are converting once so started Tangerine-farm into a Food Forest, that is why, now we are planting some other fruit and non-fruit tress between the olive trees. You will experience some practices of Natural Farming. We are growing our own food, vegetables, particularly!

    We have accommodation for you in our small building on the farm and plan to extend it according to the growth of our volunteers. We can accommodate up to 6 friends in existing building. As our farm is close to town and beaches, (20min walk) you will have opportunity to enjoy the beaches, and for those on off duty hours days, can be driven to other beaches around the peninsula as well.

    For students who like to qualify a higher education, MSc or PhD, or just a good college, the work you will be doing here will appear as a big Plus, same on graduates applying for jobs.

    As I am a certified mountain climbing and hiking guide, I plan to take tours for discovering the natural flora and fauna of the peninsula as well!

    Towards the summer, a friend of hours will join also, and he will start scuba course as well!.

    I do not want to call it -volunteering work experience- but -sharing life with us- ; learning from each other’s experiences, we design the life in our farms together, expand our horizons together, use our skills in a productive way, and contribute to the nature as much as we can.
    My philosopy is that we like to s h a r e our life here with you ::
    all kind of work, whatever it is ;
    all our food, whatever we have ;
    enjoy the life, whatever we can do /
    good or bad, easy or difficult, a lot or a little, sweet or bitter :::
    we share all kinds of tastes of life.

    We housekeep our building together, prepare our breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. There is no management, there is no manager, no workers here :: we are all equal. If you are ready for such a life style :: welcome.

    Life is a very complicated perfect great joke :: if you have some sense of humour, if you have a smile at your face that comes from your inner self :: welcome. If your face wants to smile, let it / if it doesn’t, make it.

    In our farm we irrigate our trees, collect products, design our field. As the Perm-a-culture suggests, we try to design our life so intelligently to have more leisure to enjoy the life and the nature.

    On the teaching project; We visit schools, cafes, municipalities, workers/labour associations, craft-men’s associations to teach and share how we manage to develop a sustainable eco-culture in our region.

    We teach how to reduce the waste and energy consumption, and how to reuse/recycle the resources as much as possible.

    Our Family is Me (Saim Yigit Bayrak), Founder of the Project, Utku Ataylan and Anna Nickolaeva from Moscow; we work together, the Nature, and if you like to be part of this dynamic family, You!..

    Working hours :: we do not have scheduled hours. When we have some work to do, we work / little or very late, we work. When we want to have free time, we have it. I hate to limit the life in hours. I hate the measures, calculations, accounts, scales / I try to hear the beautiful voice of the natural order.

    But on the other hand, especially for visiting teaching, we have to obey the provided schedules
    And for the collection, setting up pots/dumpsters, we have to make shifts,
    Thus, averagely, we estimate the life as follows.

    The gathering, setting up and recycling are processes that need to be executed around the clock. Also the pyrolysis plant to be erected and also the shredding, melting etc. need to be running around the clock. Thus, we suggest we will devide the teams in groups and everyone will have chance to work in different fields, so at the end of a period, each one of us will be able to run all the equipment and run the operation individually.

    on top of this, daily routines like cooking, cleaning, washing etc.
    necessary for living will be also done on shifts by the volunteers.

    2-3 * 2 hours for collecting/shredding/separating/recycling etc.
    1 hours on farm
    1 hours on the household works
    1-2 hours visiting/teaching Kids/Municipilaties/Coffe Houses
    2 Hours Language Courses,
    1-2 Hours Yoga, Taichi, Stretching, Meditation.

    These hours would be about 4-5hours of working, 3-4hours social activity and learning, 12 hours recreational time, and 2 days off for everyone per week.

    Besides, we plan to organize every second weekend an excursion to a site/city within reasonable distance to explore the Western and Southern Turkey!

    As an ex licensed tourist guide, I will personally guide our tours!

    We need volunteers, who will not mind working on multiple tasks
    including visiting places to hang boards,
    Teach and play with kids how to recycle and save,
    set up collection bins
    gather the collected recyclable materials and deliver to our site
    (thus an international driving license would be a benefit!)
    separate and pre-process the goods (plastics, PET, Metal etc!),
    bale and make ready for shipment.


    We also planned Yoga, Taichi, Meditation,
    so volunteers who have experience in these fields are also welcome,
    (We have Yoga and Meditation Trainers but more are also welcome)

    We plan also to make language exchange,
    as I am learning now Russian and Anya is my Master and she is going to be on the camp full time as well,
    and I may teach Turkish, German and English,
    if wanted!

    About music, I started Ney (Turkish Reed Flute) lessons,
    and anyone playing any instrument is also welcome,
    the Project President,
    Utku Atalay,
    is himself a Guitar Master!
    So if you like to learn or improve your guitar, bring it along!

    The conditions are very simple,
    Healthy, none hindered volunteers,
    who will travel to our site on there own and
    willing to spend couple of month (depends on the conditions but
    we think we like to keep hard working friends as long as possible)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    On the teaching project; We visit schools, cafes, municipalities, workers/labour associations, craft-men’s associations to teach and share how we manage to develop a sustainable eco-culture in our region.

    We teach how to reduce the waste and energy consumption, and how to reuse/recycle the resources as much as possible.

    The gathering, setting up and recycling are processes that need to be executed around the clock. Also the pyrolysis plant to be erected and also the shredding, melting etc. need to be running around the clock. Thus, we suggest we will devide the teams in groups and everyone will have chance to work in different fields, so at the end of a period, each one of us will be able to run all the equipment and run the operation individually.

    We do not have particular conditions,
    only, that sociable people who like to work in teams,
    as this is a social Project.
    Pet and Kids loving are must!
    Omnivores, Vegetarians and Vegans, are all welcome,
    Also being a Philanthropic and Lover of our Mother Earth
    and all her children are must!

    if you are easygoing and outgoing /
    if you are full of energy to work and
    if you are full of energy to enjoy the life at the same time and
    ready to practice or learn such a life :: you are more than welcome.

    You may enjoy the city life in Turgutreis and Bodrum. Our farm is just 20 minutes walk to the seaside where we have a very long promenade and many cafes and restaurants. which is famous with her sunsets.

    We appreciate your participation for few weeks or consider long term stay. I do prefer you stay at least 2 month here.
    It is a good idea to have some good field shoes. Having good shoes, then we can start to walk or run, searching for life, that we have few main roads in our life and many thin paths that nourish us like the capillary roots of a tree. Create a capillary path here with the guidance of the perfect nature / share it / and, enjoy it.

    Your participation may include :
    * Experience Perm-a-culture and Natural way of Farming
    * Help in the house
    * Help in the Recycling Plant(s)
    * Help with web site design
    * Cooking
    * General Maintenance
    * Building
    * Starting and maintaining vegetable gardens
    * Helping with tourists
    * Animal Care
    * Siesta (contamplating Perm-a-culture design ! )
    * Language Practice / English, German, Russian, Turkish (Spanish and French, Japanese may follow)
    We speak English, German, Russian, Turkish and some Japanese).

    When you are with us here, you have the opportunity to visit :::
    Bodrum Peninsula is today one of the TOP-MEDITERRENEAN settlements, and attracts more than 2 million tourists a year, particularly for its quite dry air, nice breathes, that make the hot summer days bearable, beautiful and dark blue waters and hundreds of bays and coves, that are an attraction for each themselves.

    For a 2 day excersion,

    * Oludeniz Beach, that is our world-famous beautiful beach, 15 km away from Fethiye.

    * On our way to Olüdeniz Beach, we have the Ghost Village – Kayaköyü -, largely abandoned after a population exchange agreement signed by the Turkish and Greek governments in 1923.

    * Saklikent, it is a wonderful gorge of more than 20 km long, it is just across our farm, 10 minutes driving. After we finish daily work at our farm, we sometimes award ourselves with a glass of beer, our feet immersed in freezing waters of Saklıkent Gorge.

    * Many antique Lycian cities, like Cadianda, Xanthos, letoon and Tlos.

    To the north,
    Fantastic Afrodisias, Efesus, Pergamon

    And on the east, A world wonder for itself, the amazing Pamukkale (Cotton Castle, for the white Limestone Terraces created by the hot springs!)

    The following sites/city centres are in the list of the World Heritage, and can be reached by car in couple of hours from our farm:

    • Alanya (Antalya) - 4h
    • Afrodisias Ancient City (Aydın) – 2h
    • Efes (İzmir) – 3h
    • Karain Cave (Antalya) – 5h
    • Likya Civilations (First Confederation in History) Ancient City (Antalya ve Muğla) 3-5hrs
    • Perge Ancient City (Antalya) – 4h
    • Sagalassos Ancient City (Burdur) – 3h
    • St. Nicholas Kilisesi (Antalya)- 5h
    • Bergama (İzmir) -5h
    • Aizanoi Ancient City (Kütahya) -4h
    • Beçin Meddial Ages City (Muğla) - 1h
    • Birgi Historical City (İzmir) – 4h
    • Hekatomnos Mausolesium and Wholly Site (Muğla) – 2h
    • Selçuklu CaravanSerrails (Host Houses) on the Destination from Denizli till Doğubayazıt 4-16h
    Kültürel olarak;
    • Güllük Mountain - Termessos Ancient City and Natural Park (Antalya) – 4h
    • Kekova (Antalya) – 5h
    • Odunpazarı Tarihi Kent Merkezi (Eskişehir) – 6h
    Furthermore, we plan to make at least one excursion to the world famous CAPPACCIA every 3 month, and the following WHS will be also included:
    • Konya Selçuklu Capital (Konya) – 6h
    • Selçuklu Kervansarayları Denizli-Doğubayazıt Güzergâhı 4-12h
    • Beyşehir, Eşrefoğlu Camii (Konya) – 6h
    • Gordion (Ankara) – 8h
    • Hacı Bektaş Veli Külliyesi (Nevşehir) – 10h
    • Niğde’nin Tarihi Anıtları (Niğde) – 9h

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Turkish, Russian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We are building bungalows in prefab system as our community grows.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you may need, we can send invitation letters for easing your application for VISA,

  • 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

    4-5 hours/day, 5 days a week


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