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The Oldest Home of the Humanity
05 Jul 2019
19 Jul 2019
12: Art, culture and local history
Environment / Restoration, renovation
Number of volunteers:
Free places for Males:
Free places for Females:
Free places last update:
27 May 2019
18 - 30
18 - 30
Extra fee to be paid in the hosting country:
Description: We cooperate with the Museum of Sanliurfa. This year will be the first year of our cooperation. The supportive organizations are the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Type of Work: Volunteers will work for the preservation and promotion of GEkbelitepe in the UNESCO-World Heritage List. In the site area, they will update the information tables for the visitors, repair observation bridges, and clean the perimeter of the site. In addition, volunteers will conduct digital media studies to promote this area locally, nationally and internationally.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the fully equipped student dormitories with rooms for 4,6 and 8 people. The volunteers will have the breakfast and the dinner in the dining hall of the dormitory and for the luch they will take lunch boxes. Meals will be prepared by the chef of the dormitory.
Requirements: The working area is under the protection of Turkish Republic the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and on the UNESCO ( World Heritage List. Due to the sensitive circumstances of the ares, the volunteers have to provide Motivation Letter, and Certificate of Good Conduct.
Approximate Location: World Heritage GEbeklitepe is located 18 kilometers northeast of the city center of anlA urfa, close to Eirencik Village. The site was discovered in 1963 during a survey conducted with the colleboration of Istanbul and Chicago Universities and was defined as the common V52 Neolithic Settlement Site. The real value of the site began to emerge after the excavations initiated in 1994. After these studies, it was understood that GEbeklitepe was a cult center extending to 12000 years ago. The archeological findings states that the place is the first religious temple of the history of humanity build with human hand labor, and this changed the known history of settlement. The inner walls of the buildings also have smaller columns. The mentioned scientific data about GEbeklitepe gives important information that requires re-evaluation of the theoretical framework and dating in the archaeological studies. It is understood that GEbeklitepe is a unique sanctuary for the Neolithic period with its location, dimensions, dating and monumentalism of its buildings. Since the area remained untouched in its natural environment for 12000 years, it gives important archaeological finds.In their free time, volunteers will visit Sanliurfa City Centre, museums, cultural and natural beauties of Sanliurfa; and participate in workshops that the volunteers can benefit from socially.
Organization Description: 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, deals with its all programs, projects, and activities within the framework of the basic principles of global education and youth work with a pedagogical approach. It is at the forefront of the studies on the mental, emotional, spiritual, personal, social and cultural development of young people.
GSM works under 5 main areas;
VOLUNTEERING: Volunteering is a social initiative aimed at helping or meeting a social need and is a unique learning process that contributes to the personal and social development of young people. In addition to the benefits obtained from the voluntary work, the young people involved in the voluntary work; develop skills in problem-solving and communication, learn teamwork, be more tolerant in the social life, cooperate and helping one another, have a better understanding of the society and the world, gain new life experiences, increase self-confidence, and also develop value judgements. GSM is an active participant of International Voluntary Service movement and an implementor of European Solidarity Corps Programs.
YOUTH WORKS: Youth Work is defined as social, cultural and educational studies which are aimed to create a learning environment designed to enable young people to discover and realize their potential. Youth Work is an educational process that takes young people into the center, which expresses different types of activities and approaches that will enable their personal, social and emotional development in line with their problems, needs, expectations and rights. GSM deals and carries out its all programs, projects and activities with a pedagogical approach within the framework of the basic principles of Youth Work, and it contributes to the development of youth works with the youth and education programs that GSM organizes.
YOUTH POLICIES: National Youth Policy can be summarized as the goverment’s commitment on enhancing life standarts of the young people and making opportunities for them and implementing these commitments.
Sustainable, inclusive and holistic youth policies that will enable the active participation of young people in social, political, artistic, cultural and economic life have the potential to contribute to the solution expectations and needs of youth and their problems.
GSM makes efforts to improve civil society dialogues for the development of Youth Policies and takes part in the related platforms.
YOUTH INFORMATION: Youth Information, is a learning method which develops skills of young people in making positive life choices and making the right decisions, also including the education.
Youth information; is a learning process that supports the development of youngsters’ abilities; their access to beneficial services, opportunities, and possibilities; and their active participation in social and economic life.
GSM helps young people to learn their problems and needs, and also makes it easier for them to find solutions. GSM tries to reach young people as many as possible using effective and appropriate ways; creative and innovator strategies, methods, and tools for the needs of different groups; and it serves as a “Youth Information Center”.
GLOBAL EDUCATION: GSM-Youth Services Centre is Turkey National Coordinator of the Council of Europe North-South Center, the Global Education Network.
Global Education; is a holistic approach deals with the increasing links between local and global realities.
Global Education which aims to improve participant global citizenship, intents people to understand the world issues, gain knowledge and skills for global problems in the basis of values and behaviors towards the global issues.
Global Education helps individuals to understand the complication of the world; be aware of contradictions; understand that there is not one particular solution for complex problems, and think critically.
It creates a reflexive educational process for the development of these competences; and for individuals to become active global citizens. Transformative learning enables a common vision for a world which is more fair and sustainable for everyone.