Volunteer at our trail-making project in southern Antlaya, Turkey

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We have established a base for trail exploration and maintenance in a small house in Sidyma, on the west part of the Lycian Way. Nearby is a house belonging to the village that we have restored as a cultural space with a small exhibition.
    It has a screen and projector, exhibition space and facilities for drinks. but it needs some finishing work, preparation of materials and media promotion.
    We want to encourage the use of this space for workshops, social activities, etc.
    We also want to make films about life in the village, and how it changes with the seasons. We have the necessary equipment.
    There are plenty of trekkers passing through and they will be grateful for your work. Some of the work (eg. film editing) can be done in Antalya.
    If you would like to live in Sidyma and work with us please get in touch for a zoom call.

    We will not be doing any more fieldwork except in this area for a few months.


    Our society aims to maintain Turkey’s 22 existing culture routes, to encourage the establishment of new trekking trails, and to set standards for the best practises for their development.

    Culture routes are a means of deepening cultural understanding—both within Turkey, where city-dwellers are separated by space and life-style from their rural past, and by showing international trekkers aspects of Turkey’s culture that would normally find difficult to access. The Society brings benefits to the areas through which the routes pass, by involving local people in the routes, especially in identifying old roads and by offering them the chance to host trekkers in their homes and pensions.

    Turkey's first long-distance trail was the Lycian Way, launched in 1999; it runs between Fethiye and Antalya in SW Turkey. User numbers grew rapidly and thousands of people have enjoyed this trail; it encouraged other enthusiasts to establish trails too. There are now 18 culture routes in Turkey, and we are developing more.

    We have just finished the first stage of an ambitious project to develop a long-distance route which links Europe to Asia. Starting in Canterbury, UK, the Via Francigena runs all the way to Rome. The new project will extend it to Bari, then across the Adriatic to Albania then Macedonia and Greece before entering Turkey. It will finish at Demre, on the south coast of Turkey. We are now preparing for other projects in different areas of Turkey.

    Our house at Sidyma will be a base for volunteers helping on clearing paths in the area and for developing socio-cultural programmes..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    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

    In Sidyma: Good opportunity to practise basic village Turkish, learn village crafts (beekeeping, carpet making, herb gathering, etc), explore woodland and hills. You will need initiative, and will learn quickly, as the villagers only speak Turkish.
    In Antalya: enjoy life in a busy city with opportunities for arts, festivals, and beach activities.

  • Help


    Normally, we offer 2 types of help: office tasks and field work.
    Field work is required when we need to make or renew way-marks, finding new paths, cutting and clearing scrub, etc.
    Office tasks generally involves website and social-media maintenance, RU-EN-TR translations, organising events, etc.

    However, we currently need specific help developing the cultural centre and helping the villagers to run it. The work includes setting up social media sites, contacting travel agencies, devising tour programmes, etc. Also making and editing films. You can plan and organise the work as you like - part can be in Antalya, part in Sidyma

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our office is in the centre of Antalya, close to the old town (Kaleiçi) where there are shops, museums, swimming areas, places to eat and drink, etc. We have a room for 2 people in the office, with bathroom, kitchen, etc. and a garden.

    Our village house is on the edge of Sidyma, which is a small village of stone houses built over the ruins of an historic site. It's surrounded by hills and only a few km from the sea. It's quite isolated, without a shop, but has a travelling baker and greengrocer. Use of a bicycle and ATM. The house has 2 rooms, kitchen and bathroom, garden and roof terrace, internet, hot water, etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The cultural centre is in a quiet, small village in the hills: on your days off you can trek, bike, birdwatch or learn to make carpets or cook with the village women.
    Our office is close to all city transport. Antalya has airport, bus station, tram within easy reach of our office. There are plenty of historic places to visit around Antalya.

  • 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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 per week

Host ref number: 976284458771

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