GSM – Youth Services Centre, was founded in 1985 in Ankara in order to contribute to the personal, social, and cultural development of young people, and to support their active participation in social and economic life.
GSM considers the young people as the primary resource and the most dynamic part of the society. GSM believes that the active participation of young people in the social life contributes to the continuation and the development of social infrastructure.
GSM, makes effort for the development of youth work and youth policies with a right- based approach so that young people can become individuals who looks to the future with great hopes.
GSM handles all its programs, projects and activities within the framework of the basic principles of human development and youth work, with an approach that adopts the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The mental, emotional, spiritual, individual, social and cultural development of young people is at the forefront of their work.
General Features of our Workcamps in Turkey
- It is organized within the scope of the basic approaches and understanding of International Voluntary Service and Global Education. Each of the programs is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- It equally respects the cultural sensitivities of Turkey and the participating volunteers. It has uncompromising principles such as equality, transparency, open communication, tolerance and justice.
- Insurance is not provided for volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for their own health and accident insurance and expenses during the camp.
- It is international and the common language of the programs is English.
- Short-term programs are 10-15 days. Each program has one or two group leaders who are trained and experienced.
- It is organized by GSM in cooperation with universities, municipalities, public institutions, associations and other non- profit organizations.
Within the scope of combating the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to be able to reach the passengers after their arrival in our country who are at risk for epidemic disease; The “Form for Entry to Türkiye” has been developed, which allows to record their contact and address information electronically. In addition to transferring the data regarding the passengers to the database of our Ministry, when the “Form for Entry to Türkiye” is filled, a “HES Code” will be created for each passenger and the passengers will be able to use this code during their travels and accommodation in our country. In this context, all passengers who will come to our country by airplane as of 15.03.2021 have to fill out the “Form for Entry to Türkiye” at https://register.health.gov.tr/ within 72 hours before their travel. After filling out the form the passengers should print out the form or download it on to their mobile devices (Mobile phone , tablet). The form will be checked by the airline companies via mobile device screen or paper output to ensure it is filled out before the flight and passengers who did not filled out the form they will be asked to fill out the form before the flight.
In Turkey, the obligation to wear masks in the open air and post- arrival isolation obligation have been abolished. All public spaces and entertainment venues are open to service. However, do not forget to take your personal hygiene items such as masks, gloves, disinfectants that you need during the pandemic period.
Conditions may change. Please get updated information from official channels.
1) Our Best Friends – 1 – GSM07
Location: Cide – KASTAMONU
Dates: 12 August- 26 August 2022
HOST ORGANIZATION: This camp will be organized for the first time this year in cooperation with Cide Municipality. This location has an important aspect for GSM. GSM – Youth Services Center carried out its
first international volunteer work program in 1989, again in cooperation with Cide Municipality. For more information about Cide Municipality, please visit http://www.cide.bel.tr
WORK: Volunteers will work for stray animals in and around Cide district center during the program. Volunteers will work in the construction, repair, painting and landscaping of animal-friendly shelters and shelters for stray animals in Cide beachfront, surrounding neighborhoods and the center, and will assist the stray animal care support unit. In addition to these, they will also assist the Municipality’s Children’s Entertainment Centre, Eldercare Center and Tourist Information Bureau. Volunteers will also be able to take part in local festivals in Cide.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Volunteers will stay in tents located by the beach. Tents will be provided to volunteers by the Municipality. Volunteers are required to bring their own mats and sleeping bags. Inflatablemat is recommended. Meals will be prepared by Municipality cooks and volunteers will be provided with meals for three meals a day, seven days a week.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: You can view Cide by clicking here. Cide is one of the northern districts of Turkey with the most beautiful bays, mountains and forests. The Küre Mountains, which are a world heritage site and under protection, are located in Cide. Known for a local women’s accessory, the Yellow Head Scarfs (a head scarf worn by women and belonging to Anatolian culture), this district is home to countless natural and historical heritages worth seeing. Cide, a cute and small town, also stands out with its local dishes and handicrafts. You will make unforgettable memories, make lasting friendships with the locals and spend a unique two weeks in Cide, one of the most charming districts of the northern region. Volunteers will enjoy the sea, forest and fresh air in this charming town.
2) Happy Wild Animals – GSM09
Location: Karacabey – BURSA
Dates: 05 August – 19 August 2022
HOST ORGANIZATION: This camp will be organized for the second time this year with the cooperation of “Ovakorusu Bear Shelter” and “Celal Acar Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center”. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks Bursa Branch Office and Karacabey Municipality are the supporters of this camp.
WORK: Celal Acar Wildlife Rescue Center in Karacabey Plain provides services for the temporary treatment and rehabilitation of Endangered Wild Animals and animals whose trade is prohibited in this center. There is also the “Bear Shelter” in the same place. Wildlife Rescue Center and Bear Sanctuary are unique in this area in Turkey, and there are only a few examples in the world. In particular, wild animals brought into Turkey illegally and wild animals injured in the region are brought to this facility for treatment and rehabilitation, after which the animals are sent to the countries where they were taken or left in their natural habitats. Volunteers will assist the professional staff at the Rescue Center and the Bear Sanctuary, and will also do work such as feeding the animals, arranging the areas cleaning and renovating the cages. Volunteers will not be given risky jobs in this camp, but they should act carefully in the working environment and pay maximum attention to their own safety. Volunteers should not forget that they have to take out their own health and accident insurance for possible accidents and health situations. Volunteers will be asked for documents such as Motivation Letter, Animal Working Declaration and CGC.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation of volunteers will be provided in a comfortable guest house located in Ovakorusu Bear Sanctuary. The guest house has air conditioning, shower, toilet, kitchen and social area. Volunteers will cook their own meals with the materials provided by Karacabey Municipality. Volunteers will be responsible for cleaning their guesthouse.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Bursa is one of Turkey’s major metropolitan cities and the 4th largest city with the larges population. Bursa, one of the economically developed cities of Turkey, was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Bursa was included in the World Heritage List in the cultural category at the 38th Term Meeting of the World Heritage Committee. Established as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and shaped by social complexes, Bursa’s important commercial role throughout history is demonstrated by the large inns, covered bazaars and bazaars in the city. Uludag, located in Bursa, which is known for its natural riches as well as its historical riches, is one of the most important ski resorts in Turkey. As industrially developed, agricultural It is also a very productive region. Karacabey, where the Wildlife Rescue Center and Bear Sanctuary are located, is 70 km from Bursa, 35 km from Manyas Bird Paradise National Park, and 40 km from Bandırma. The Central Directorate will organize field trips to enable volunteers to discover the beauties of the region, and workshops to enable young people to get to know Turkey’s wildlife closely.
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