1. Info Pack for ESC Volunteers (Short Term)
Host Organisa on : Gençlik Çalışmaları Derneği (www.youth.org.tr)
Place of the Project : Mudanya, Bursa, Türkiye
President / Coordinator : Mehmet ÇETİNKAYA mehce firstname.lastname@example.org, +905061379900
ESC Hos ng Coordinator : Ha ce Şansel ÇETİNKAYA email@example.com, +905324409074
Mentor : To be assigned according to the volunteer proﬁle
About the Organisa on
Gençlik Çalışmaları Derneği (English: Youth Work
Associa on) is a non-proﬁt and non-governmental
organisa on founded by youth workers with more than 20
years of experience in the youth ﬁeld. The associa on has
focused on developing youth work in general and on
producing proac ve solu ons to the problems in civic life.
It is our style to produce crea ve and sustainable
solu ons to current problems and implement them by
coopera ng with public and private organisa ons and
individuals in the youth ﬁeld.
The associa on implements its ac vi es according to diﬀerent target audiences. In this context:
For Young People:
The associa on aims to contribute to the personal and professional development of young people
between 18-35 years old. We are working to increase their employability, provide them with
informa on and awareness on fundamental human rights, enable them to acquire the competencies
demanded by the business world and give them the necessary tools to keep up with digital
developments in the digital age. In this context, we organise ac vi es that will contribute to the
competence development of young people.
2. For Youth Workers:
Our associa on aims to transfer this experience of more than 20 years in the ﬁeld of youth to other
youth workers. We are working to create a legal basis for youth workers to develop themselves
personally and professionally, to ensure their well-being, to increase the recogni on and reputa on
of youth work, to recognise youth work by relevant legal organisa ons and to provide the necessary
For New Youth Organiza ons and Youth Groups:
Another target group of our associa on is the newly established youth organisa ons and informal
groups of young people. In this context, we are working to support the development of new youth
organisa ons and groups of young people in ﬁnancial, physical and human resources. We are doing
our best for new organisa ons and groups to use their resources eﬀec vely, create new resources,
and determine a sustainable strategic path and progress on this path.
For Public and Private Organisa ons:
Our ﬁnal target audience is public and private organisa ons. With these organisa ons, we try to have
a say in direc ng the youth ﬁeld, determining new strategies, inﬂuencing funding and decision-
making organisa ons, and developing new policies in coopera on with public ins tu ons. In this way,
we help young people, youth workers, and youth organisa ons to speak up, and we try to par cipate
in the decision-making process while shaping our future in every possible way and topic.
3. Ac vi es:
Our associa on has been ac vely carrying out ac vi es in the ﬁeld of youth work for ten years. In this
context, we organise projects and partner up for youth exchanges, training courses, seminars,
workshops, congresses, and mee ngs in coopera on with many individuals and organisa ons. We
carry out short and long-term volunteering and internship programs with young people. We train
new trainers and facilitators and implement mentoring programs that will contribute to the
development of individuals. We cooperate with corporate companies from the business world and
organise our youth ac vi es to develop the needs and competencies demanded by the business
world. We conduct joint policy research and development ac vi es with public ins tu ons and share
good prac ce examples with the public. We produce digital content to disseminate and publicise the
informa on needed by young people and youth workers.
Our associa on has worked as the suppor ng organisa on of nearly 100 ESC volunteers in the last
ten years and has given support as a sending organisa on in nearly 200 youth projects. We have
enabled more than 500 young people to par cipate in interna onal mobility projects. We have
hosted eight interna onal Erasmus+ projects and organised nearly 50 interna onal events. In
addi on to all these, we have completed 2 KA2 projects. We are ac vely working as a Suppor ng and
Receiving organisa on holding the ESC Quality Label, valid un l 2027. We took part in the execu ve
commi ee of the GAPGENÇ fes val for seven years. We took part in the advisory board of funding
ins tu ons in Turkey and Europe. We ac vely managed the Council of Europe’s NHSM campaign
support group for six years in Turkey. We ac vely worked on the 10-year development plan, which is
the joint work of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and the Ministry of Development. We ran a
Non-Formal Learning Academy program, trained 12 new youth trainers and created a trainer pool.
We provide trainer and facilitator support to projects in the ﬁeld of youth.
4. Regular Youth Work:
Our associa on organises seminars, training courses, working groups, workshops, language prac ce
events, youth informa on ac vi es, study visits, job shadowing, partnership-building events, contact-
making seminars, development labs, and online events. In addi on, we produce online content using
digital tools and develop resources for the informa on needed in the youth ﬁeld.
We organise youth ac vi es with the following aim(s);
- To ﬁght against hate speech, exclusion, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, extremism and
- Promote human rights and a right-based lifestyle in society.
- Suppor ng the personal, professional and social development of young people.
- Prepare young people for business life and equip them with the competencies required in the
- Promo ng ac ve ci zenship and democracy in society.
- Encouraging young people to take the ini a ve and par cipate in democra c life.
- Inclusion and integra on ac vi es for disadvantaged young people and immigrants.
- Ac vi es and counselling to develop the competencies of young people and help their career
- Crea on of youth networks and development of IT tools for youth work in the EU and
- Train new youth workers, youth trainers, facilitators and mentors for youth organisa ons.
Our associa on has a departmentalised structure of many experienced youth workers in their ﬁelds.
In this context, the distribu on of du es of our associa on for ESC is as follows:
5. Mehmet: Interna onal Trainer since 2009 and member of the trainers’ pool of the Turkish Na onal
Agency. He is the founder and president of the Youth Work Associa on. He has experience in the
youth ﬁeld since 2005. He works with SALTO-Youth, the Council of Europe and EYF-funded projects
and training courses as a project manager, trainer, reporter and moderator.
Şansel: Interna onal Trainer and Youth Worker since 2001. She is the career centre manager at
Istanbul Arel University and owner of Nevicos Corporate Training Consultancy.
Halil: ESC Logis c and IT coordinator. He is experienced youth worker since 2010.
Ac vi es for Volunteers
- Organising English speaking club (with local youth)
- Content crea on for social media and web site (blog, photo, video etc.)
- Erasmus+ informa on mee ngs for young people
- Par cipa ng the organisa on of social responsibility projects for local youth, children and
- Organisa on, and facilita on (if possible) of local youth workshops on organisa on’s working
- Developing games and curriculum for workshops
- Helping interna onal partnerships and networking for future youth projects
- Organising online youth informa on and e-learning sessions
- Culture and arts ac vi es with children, women and youth
- Career planning and career management ac vi es with young people
- Art and Sport Ac vi es with youth clubs (Short ﬁlm, theatre, music, dance, swimming etc.)
- Europass resume counseling with young people
- Job Interview consultancy with young people
- Improving Trainers' skills and delivering some workshops online and face to face
Expected Volunteer Proﬁle
- 18-30 years old
- Able to use ICT tools and crea ve for content crea on
- Who is able to create blog, photo, video etc.
- Speaking English (B1 or more is preferred)
- Volunteering experience in past is a plus
- Facilita on of workshops experience is a plus
- Speaking Turkish is a plus
- Experience on photography and ﬁlmography is a plus
6. Accommoda on
You will live in a duplex house on a secure estate with the associa on’s president’s family (himself, his
wife, and their 10-year-old child). Each volunteer will have their room. There is a washing machine,
dishwasher, two kitchens, Wi-Fi connec on, iron, bed linen, blankets, pillows, and all household
appliances. There is also a 55 square meter covered terrace for working, a balcony (both smokings
allowed), and a indoor oﬃce. There are also three internet-connected TVs in the house and books for
reading. In addi on, there are accessible social areas such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a
gym, and table tennis on the site where the house is located (free).
More informa on about accommoda on: h ps://goo.gl/maps/GAbGGSWW7TXr6XAX9
One cat (her name is Tarçın) lives with the
family in the house, and people with
allergies are kindly requested to consider
this issue before deciding.
Our volunteers will have a meal with the family in the house where they stay. They can eat breakfast,
lunch and dinner at home using the kitchen as they wish. In addi on, on days when there are events
outside, the meal will be provided by the host organiza on. In addi on to all these, volunteers will be
given 1,500.00 TRY food allowance. In this way, the volunteers will both beneﬁt from the facili es at
home and shop for food and groceries according to their own wishes.
7. Local Transporta on
Volunteers will provide transporta on to everywhere in Mudanya by walking. Mudanya is currently a
coastal city where walking is very common. The furthest distance is 15-20 minutes on foot. In
addi on, transporta on support is provided by the owner's private vehicle when necessary. Private
vehicles are also used in big and far events.
You will get 4 Euro per day converted into TRY of pocket money devoted to your own expense. This
pocket money is paid to the volunteer in cash at the beginning of each month in TRY. This pocket
money is paid to the volunteer in cash at the beginning of each month in TRY. (According to the law,
the payment is made according to the EURO buying rate of the business day before the payment day
of the Central Bank of Turkey.)
We expect you will start studying Turkish on your own before departure to Türkiye. The first week or
two of your stay in Türkiye are devoted to getting a feel of the language on your own. Then you will
have Turkish lessons. A local volunteer will support your primary Turkish language learning for
approximately 4-6 hours per week.
Most EU countries do not need a visa to travel to Türkiye. If you do so, you can get it online and
please check h ps://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
The volunteers are covered by the insurance plan by European Commission for the whole period of
their project, plus 2 months extra. Your sending organisa on will inform you more about your plan.
8. Training & Support
You will get a mentor, who will be responsible for checking your progress in adap on to Turkish
culture and will be helping if you have any problems. Ge ng to know Turkish volunteers and workers
will enable you to ﬁnd Turkish friends and ﬁnd your own ways in the local community. Also, each
volunteer will be directed to the On Arrival Training (OAT) by the Turkish Na onal Agency if the dates
are suitable with the planned training dates. If not, an OAT will be organised by the hos ng
organisa on’s coordinator, special for the volunteers arriving.
You will have the possibility to use Wi-Fi Internet in your ﬂat. If you want a sim card and data from a
cell phone, you need to buy it on your own.
You have two days of holiday during each month of the project. The free days can be combined and
used together. Holidays must be discussed and agreed upon with the coordinator in advance.
Moreover, you will have holidays on all days free of work in Turkey by law.
Volunteers’ working hours are during weekdays between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Anyhow, and some mes
weekend work is also required during the projects; these working days can be taken oﬀ at another
me. Volunteers are welcome to design workshops and implement them with local volunteers
(mostly in Turkish).