Volunteering

Opportunities include everything from teaching to working on an organic farm.

Alternative Camp (www.ayder.org.tr) A volunteer-based organisation running camps for disabled people.

Culture Routes in Turkey (tinyurl.com/d6fld8l) Opportunities to help waymark and repair its hiking trails such as the Lycian Way. A project to renovate old buildings for use as trekking accommodation is coming up.

European Youth Portal (europa.eu/youth/evs_database) Database of European Union–accredited opportunities.

Gençlik Servisleri Merkezi (www.gsm.org.tr/en) GSM runs voluntary work camps for young people in Turkey.

Gençtur (genctur.com.tr) Organises voluntourism including farmstays, with offices in İstanbul and Berlin.

GoAbroad.com (www.volunteerabroad.com) A US-based company listing a range of opportunities in Turkey, mostly through international organisations.

Open Arms in Kayseri Grassroots charity working to improve the living conditions of Kayseri's large refugee population.

Ta Tu Ta (www.tatuta.org) Turkey's branch of WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organises work on dozens of organic farms around the country, where you receive accommodation and board in exchange for labour.