Description: Nesin Foundation (https://www.nesinvakfi.org), (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkxXLleM3E0) was established by the well-known Turkish humourist author Aziz Nesin and the farm of Nesin Foundation was founded in order to provide healthy food for the kids living in the foundation. The farm is run according to the principles of permaculture.
Type of Work: Manual farm work may vary from day to day. Some examples: Taking care of farm animals, cleaning coops and barns, preparing homemade food for chickens, making different types of composts like cold/hot compost, bokashi as one of the major steps of permaculture is to create our own self-sufficient soil, establishing raised garden beds and filling them, making our own lactobacillus serums, general cleaning of farm area, finding or in some cases making new tools, and an endless cycle of collecting free resource as we need to utilize them in certain parts of the year. The work will be physically hard from time to time. If the weather is too bad, indoor work may be offered. A good motivation is requested on the application form.
Accommodation: There is a volunteer house for 8 people with a shared toilet and kitchen. 3 meals a day will be available at the center, including free days spent on the farm. Please bring your sleeping bag.
Requirements: Good motivation letter related to the project.- The staffs who speak English and French are not available in the evenings as they stay in another place nearby. Internet connection is very weak and not always available. - The farm staff who live on the farm can not speak any other language than Turkish, thus no linguistic contact is possible after working hours in the evening. - The farm is within the borders of Istanbul but going to the city center takes approximately 2.5 hours via public transportation. On the other hand, the farm is not located in an isolated rural area. For the volunteers who are looking for a very quiet rural life, the farm may not be suitable. -You might be the only volunteer if there is no other application for the same term. - It is possible to join in the following / previous camps and to stay longer.
Approximate Location: The farm is in Catalca and it is the greenest area in Istanbul which you can enjoy nature. You can have nature walks, paragliding, and cycling. Foundation is 2.5 hours far from Istanbul city center.