Family living off-grid surrounded with forest near Istanbul, Turkey



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  • Description


    Hi there! We are a couple with 3 years old daughter Ronya. Reşit (34) is working for Médecins Sans Fontières, Gizem (31) is a chef and recently quit job to spend more time for our project. Last summer, we bought a land that just 2 hours from Istanbul and started to built a house with second hand shipping containers. We have done the main work for the house but there is a lot to do on land! Our land is surrounded by oak and hornbeam trees, it's a 6 decares agriculture land and there is no electricity grid close by. We will be using solar power for our energy need. We already plant walnut trees and plan to make a big garden for vegetables, plant blueberries and want more fruit trees of course! And there are construction work to do as well. Our main goal is to share our space with people, share experience and learn together with the volunteers that will visit us. So we are open to any ideas and projects that we can built together. It can be a tree house, discovering trekking roads in the forest, making a henhouse, new approaches and ideas for the agriculture we will be doing and so on. Which means any kind of idea and hand is welcomed!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It is a open space to learn together. So, it is hard to say what we will experience.

  • Help


    As we are at the very beginning of the work at land, we can shape the details of our need together. But basically; need help with gardening and need a hand to finish the house.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There will be room for 4 people with bunks. And if you feel like it, we can provide you a tend to sleep in the forest :) Gizem is a chef, so most of the time she will be cooking. But any new recipes and help is welcomed!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our land is in the middle of forest. To be honest, there are only small villages near by. Besides from beautiful nature, not much to visit. But depending on the work we will be doing on land, we can organise trips around Iznik. For example, there is a big lake to swim which is 45 minutes drive from the land. There is no public transport near buy. But we have a car so we will be helping for transportation.

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    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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 976686179988