Akdeniz Üçüncü Göz Eğitim ve Gençlik Derneği (Third Eye Education and Youth Association of Mediterranean - TEAM) is situated in Kazanlı - Mersin – Turkey.
T.E.A.M. was founded in 2009 in order to protect the wild and natural life with the local community and youth in and around Mersin. We especially care alot with the Sea-Turtles (Caretta-Caretta and CheloniaMydas), which leave their eggs on the coast of Kazanlı-Mersin and are under the risk of extinction. We act as an EVS coordinating organisation in Mersin (sending and hosting volunteers), give training course to youths, build up awareness and European citizenship by volunteering. Our organization is promoting international and intercultural values, also youth initiatives and projects in the local community.
The nearest airport is in Adana, which is on the east of Mersin and 60 km far from Mersin. After selecting volunteers and arranging their flights, we give detailed info about where and how to meet with the volunteers.
Kazanlı is a small town which belongs to Mersin and 15 km far from Mersin city centre. It is also one of the important place for Sea Turtles hatchling. (Caretta-Caretta and CheloniaMydas species)
The turtles’ season is between May and October so in the rest of the time we give more attention to create awareness about environmental protection, recycling, reusing, reducing among youth and children via theatrical plays, games, flash mobs, etc depend on our groups’ creativity.
One of the most important priorities for the project is the promotion of active citizenship spirit, the empowerment of voluntarism and of the spirit of collaboration and solidarity to youth groups.
A Sample Draft from the weekly program:
-Meeting with mentors and project coordinator (discussion - briefing)
-Cleaning the coast where turtles lay their eggs (the main activity for 12 months)
-Preparing media about environmental protection
-Turkish Language support
-Meeting with local people and informative activities about environment
–Creating awareness about environmental protection, recycling, reusing, reducing among youth and children via theatre play, games, flash mobs depend on our groups’ creativity.
During Turtle Season, the volunteers are cleaning the beach in the late afternoon and walking along the beach every night (approx. 9km) in order to monitor and protect the Mama and Baby sea-turtles from the predators such as dogs, crabs, etc.
The volunteers will be active in the project for 35 hours per week (language lessons are the part of it). Arrival and departure days do not make the part of volunteering time. The volunteering schedule may also vary with time – some periods will be busier, and some will be much more flexible. The planning of the activities the volunteer has to build up together with the host organization.
Food and Accommodation:
Accommodation and board will be covered by the Turkish National Agency. %100 of Travel costs are covered by the Turkish National Agency.
We will provide sufficient food and accommodation for the volunteers. The volunteers are responsible to cook their meal 2 by 2 on each weekday.
The volunteer will be accommodated in 3 flats and share the common space and the bedroom mostly four people in one room. The flat is situated near the project area and has double bedrooms, kitchen, living room and all other facilities. There are mainly sufficient materials like internet, fridge, kettle, oven, hot water, etc. in the flat.
We provide Turkish language lesson training; a total of 3 hours in a week, which include vital language features which a volunteer will need to communicate with the local people easily and smoothly especially when he/she sets out for any activity in downtown, city center or other places where he/she would like to go.
Coordinator : Mr. Seyhan AKDOĞAN
Akdeniz Üçüncü Göz Eğitim ve Gençlik Derneği
Address : Cumhuriyet Bulvarı Kazanlı Eski Belediye Binası Sağlık Ocağı Üstü Kazanlı - Akdeniz/MERSİN
Tel & Fax : 0090 324 326 33 12
Web (official) : www.thirdeyemed.org.tr
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