BRAVO in cooperation with partner organization Mladi Volonteri announce a call for 2 volunteers for SHORT TERM EVS (2 months) in GAZIANTEP, TURKEY from the mid-March for BiH citizens and those living in BiH.

Accreditation Number: 2015-1-TR01-KA110-023884
PIC: 947605514

We are looking forward to meet you at SOF DAĞI! We hope that this infopack will contribute to increase your understanding of our EVS vacancy and that it will give you useful information about our association and the environment we offer to our volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers who are ready to travel to Gaziantep city in Turkey to help us in our voluntary. Works in field of youth and children education, sport activities, socialization and development. Your hands
will empower us and we will reach more kids and organize more events to provide them learning and developing opportunities. If you are between 17-30 years old and motivated to join our family you are welcome. We are not looking for experts or professionals, your graduation, department, language level is not a barrier for us to join. But your interest, motivation and smiling face, readiness to be in a big international team are important for us.

How to become an EVS volunteer?

▪ Please send your CV and Motivation Letter to [email protected] and [email protected]

Gaziantep is one of the modern provinces of South-Eastern Anatolian Region and also one of the oldest of Hittite origin. Being the center of pistachio nut cultivation in Turkey and with its extensive olive grove and vineyards, Gaziantep is one of the important and industrial centers of Turkey. The old city known as Aintap is located 12 kilometers to the north of the present city, on the upper slopes of Nizip Hill. The area was continuously inhabited starting from the Paleolithic age and witnessed the domination of such powers as the Assyrians, Persians, Romans, the Byzantines, Abbasid and the Seljuk Turks. The times of ascend for the Ottoman Empire meant the same for the city. There are many mosques, inns, baths and medresse built during this time.

Original builders of Gaziantep Fortress are not known. The fortress was restored by the Byzantine in the 6th century. The fortress was later saw restoration again in 1481 during the time of Kayitbay, the Egyptian Sultan, and in 1557 during the Ottoman Emperor Suleyman the Magnificent. The fortress was supplemented by watchtowers, mosques and small palaces. There are 36 watchtowers in walls which
have a circular shape for 1,200 meters. Mehmet Gazali Tomb, a mosque and a bath exist in the fortress. It is believed there are galleries and paths leading to the river under the fortress. The fortress was an important rampart in resistance against the French during the War of Liberation in 1921.

Hasan Suzer Ethnography Museum building in Hanifioglu street remaining from the early 20th century was restored and transferred to the Ministry of Culture by a businessmen named Hasan Suzer. The museum simulates the old style of life by decorating its rooms with traditional furniture and by using models. The museum also includes various weapons, documents, instruments used in the defense of the city as well as the photographs of local resistance heroes.

Yesemek Open Air Museum is near Islahiye District, in the village known by the same name. It is the largest open air sculpture workshop in the Near East. It is a sculpturing school, reflecting all stages from the extraction of stones from the quarry to preliminary carving and to the final work. Investigations in the area reveal that the site was functional around 1375-1335 BC when the area was taken by the Hittites and the Hittite King Suppilulluma started to employ Hurris, the native people of the area in quarries. Excavations unearthed a rich collection consisting of sphinx and sculptures of lions, mountain gods and various architectural pieces. In the past, relieves prepared here were sent to such centers as Islahiye, Zincirli and Sakcagozu for final works and completion. The Yesemek Tumulus is located 2 kilometers to the west of the village. It is believed that it was a settlement inhabited by masters working here during the late Bronze Age and the time of the Romans.

Karkamis district of Gaziantep used to be an important center of the east in the Antiquity (then knownas Cerablus). The town is located on the Syrian border, the citadel and the inner town on the west side remaining in Turkey, and the outer fortress and town remaining in Syria.

Being an important centre of arts and culture in the past, Karkamis is the setting where the Legend of Gilgamesh took place. Many valuable pieces of art originating from this town is exhibited in museums around the world. At present, one can observe the remains of antic city walls, the temple and Hilani style houses. The temples of Hittite gods Tesup and Hilani maintain their striking features.

The remains of the old city of Belkis (Zeugma) are located in Kavunlu village 10 kilometers away from Nizip district. These remains appear as a tumulus type high acropolis dating back to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times. The old city is among those which issued coin on their name. Recent excavations revealed a room which is believed to be a part of an old Roman House as well as a mosaic
belonging to Dionysos. Sculptures obtained from these ruins were exhibited at the Belkis/Zeugma part of Gaziantep Museum. But on June 2005, 2nd largest mosaic museum in the world (1st was the one in Bardo/Tunis) was opened in Gaziantep displaying many pieces of unearthed mosaics and Mars statue from Zeugma. Until this one opened, the mosaics museum in Hatay (Antioch) was the most important
one in Turkey. In 2011 Zeugma museum became the largest ancient mosaics indoor museum in the world with other pieces added to the collection.

Dulluk which is close to the city center is ideal for those who would like to rest in a natural setting amidst forest and has camping facilities.

Houses of Gaziantep mostly found in the central town and Sahinbey are the finest specimens of a rich cultural heritage. They have traditional architectural features peculiar to Southeastern Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Syria. The finest examples of the old city fabric can be seen in the area around Hidir and Harap Mescit streets. Built in conformity with the climate of the area, the houses of Gaziantep are adjacent to each other along the narrow streets of the old city. These stone built houses surrounded by walls have their inner yards, smooth roofs with dead basements. Doors and window cases present some fine examples of woodwork.

Gaziantep is famous for its three regional specialties:

1) The copper-ware products.

2) The delicious
lahmacun (a kind of pizza in Turkish Cuisine).

3) Sweet pastry baklava, which Gaziantep makes the best
in the world.

The Gaziantep kitchen has a special influence on the Turkish cuisine with its immensely rich flavor. In addition to dishes which date back to the Oguz Turks, there is the influence of Aleppo. Its rich kind of soups, rice meals, kebabs, meatballs, etc. Are among the most favorite.

Local desserts include baklava, kunefe, burmali kadayif, sâri burma, mashed pistachio and milkfat. In December 2015, 47 cities from 33 countries around the world joined the UNESCO’s “Creative Cities Network”. These cities are selected based on seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. The province of Gaziantep has become one of them in the field of “Gastronomy”. Inns are the symbols of the past economic and commercial richness of Gaziantep. They are still functional today as trade centers. These include Sira Hani, Kumrulu Han, Yeni Han, Kurkcu Hani, AnadoluHani, Incioglu Hani, Tuz Hani and Haci Omer Hani. There are two bazaars which could survive to our day and are still used. One of them, Zincirli Bazaar, was built in the 18th century. The bazaar is locally known as “black steps bazaar” and has 80 shops and
five gates. The other bazaar, Kemikli, dates back to the 19th century. It is a cut stone and rectangular structure with two gates. Gaziantep bore the influence of many civilizations for its location as a crossroad between the east and the west or between the Eastern Mediterranean and the plains of Mesopotamia. Coppersmith works, mother of pearl working, traditional shoe making, cloth making, stone working, antique weapons, gold and silver works are the leading traditional handicrafts inGaziantep.
Gaziantep has a territory of 7,642 square kilometers and a population of 1,753,596 (2012). It is the leading province of the GAP region in terms of population density. It has 9 administrative districts: Sahinbey, Sehitkamil, Araban, Islahiye, Kargamis, Nizip, Oguzeli, Yavuzeli and Nurdagi. Gaziantep is the most developed city of GAP in agriculture, industry and commerce. It has its pistachio known by the name of the city. Vineyards and olive orchards are also important. Manufacturing activities in Gaziantep are mainly carried out by small scale enterprises. As a vivacious industrial and commercial center, Gaziantep has cement, textile, leather, shoemaking, soap, woodworks, metal and machinery industries and workshops. It maintains its status as an “export gate” by its 120 different products exported to 40 countries.

Gaziantep has an international airport and has direct flights to major cities in Europe, especially in summe. It is also well-connected with daily flights to major cities in Turkey, allowing to reach different destinations easily.It is 15 km from city center. You can reach the city center from the airport with the Havaş. The coach station “otogar” in Gaziantep is one of the most convenient stations in Turkey. It is well-integrated with most of the cities in the West and the East. The local coach companies, “Seç Turizm, Ben Turizm and Çayırağası” provide excellent service with punctual arrivals. The city centre is reasonably compact and walkable. There are plenty of local buses and trams serviced with the special electronic cards and equipped with the newest security systems.

How to Use Local Transportation From the Airport?
You can use special bus havaş going right to the city center. You can buy the ticket right in the bus from a driver, the price is 8 – 10 Turkish liras. Before that, please make sure you have local currency. Premiliarly, you may exchange some Euro at Ataturk or Sabiha Gökçe airport. Your bus trip will complete 25 – 35 minutes. When you leave the airport, please text us on

Whatsapp or send a message on 0 (532) 273 28 42. Any time we are capable to pick you up from the stop in the city center (Şehir Merkezi).

The climate is warm and dry. Please take any cream with you to moisturize your skin if it’s
sensitive or dry.

Our organization was founded in 30/09/2005. From the very beginning its main aim was to encourage the youngsters to practise sport and do various social activities.On the other hand we put a great emphasis on such issues as fair rivarly and preventing young sportsmen of using doping. To mention just some of our activities we organize water polo, modern pentathlon and underwater activities. We provide our volunteers and youngsters with diving lessosns and encourage them to participate in swimming tournaments. Our association is a member of Turkish Underwater Sports Federation, Turkish Swimming Federation, Turkish Pentathlon Federation. We are a board member of Water Polo Federation and Pentathlon Federation. We prepared and performed Youth in Action 3.1 projects, called “Cycling for a Better Life” and “Union For Young People With Fewer Opportunities” .Some of our volunteers are actively relevant to youth in action projects and youth activities. In local region, we have activities to help youngsters to be aware of problems of youngsters.

Our sub-aims are:
• to raise awareness about social issues;
• to promote personal skills of youngsters;
• to help local institution on achievement of development;
• to achieve youth cooperation on international level for global peace;
• to let youngsters know about other cultures.

Our EVS projects are all forshort term volunteers. We are always applying to Turkish National Agency under the programme ERASMUS+ KA1 Mobility- Euroepan Volunteer Service.

– Helping SOF DAĞI’s youth campaings-workshops and daily issues;
– Assistance during the swimming pool classes, e.g. help to make exercises with children, playing water polo
games, controlling children safety;
– Garden work: collecting vegetables and fruits;
– Participation and conduction of the sharing collected food with local people suffering from poverty/
refugees/ students;
– Assistance in providing activities and workshops on organic planting and food;
– Participation in conservation of the plants;
– Participation in informative lessons at schools about Erasmus and EVS;
– Helping organisation of interculturalevenings;
– Open Spaces that volunteers can input their own ideas and workshops;
– Working with a friendly crazy team.
You can choose participating in all of our activities or select the ones which are more interesting for you.

The participants will stay in a big summerhouse equipped with the swimming pool, football area, one big kitchen with all necessary equipment, 5 big rooms (2 persons per room), 4 toilets, 6 shower cabins. There is a big garden near where activities will be conducted.

We deliver food money to volunteers 300 Lira per month. So that volunteer can be free to eat outside or shop and cook in kitchen. The best way is to shop together cook together and share the costs with other volunteers.
Pocket money is calculated day x 3 euro of actual duration in the project. We pay in monthly basis in euro or Turkish lira in cash.
We provide public transportation for project activities if the activity is far from us. However, for some activities the volunteer do not need transportation since it is provided near the accommodation.
Visa asked from this countries: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom.
No visa needed from these countries: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine.

Depending on the country where you are from, you will need to get a turkish visa or not. If your country does notappear in this list you can check if you need a Visa or not from this link:

In case that you need Visa, we recommend you to get a Turkish e-visa online in order to avoid waiting lines in the airport. You can get your e-visa from the link above. . Fees are $20 or 15€ and can be paid through credit/debit card. You can apply for the e-visa 24/7. You can alse get visa at Ataturk Airport at visa desk.

Important: if you purchase a Visa, you have to bring us the receipt in order to refund you the money. Please confirm the project dates with our team members before booking your flight. After booking them, we need
you to send us the online tickets to know your exact arrival day and time. You will probably take a flight from Istanbul to get to Gaziantep Airport. We recommend you to book a flight with at least 3-4 hours layoff because there may be delays in Istanbul Airport. During this time, you can exchange around 20€ for Turkish liras (~55TL). You will need some of this money for paying the bus from Gaziantep Airport to the city center. Your flight will take approximately 1h and 40 min. Once you get to Gaziantep Airport, you will have to wait for your luggage. If your luggage came straight from your home city (connecting flight), you will have to look for it at the International Exit in Gaziantep Airport. If you changed company in Istanbul and check-in your luggage again, it will arrive to the Domestic Exit. Please take this information into account in order to know where to find your luggage. Once you land in Gaziantep, before entering the airport building (from outside) there are the two gates, International andDomestic

Travel Budgets:
From 100 to 499 km – 180 €
From 500 to 1999 km 275  €
Euro From 2000 to 2999 km – 360 €
Euro From 3000 to 3999 km – 530 €
Euro From 4000 to 7999 km – 820 €
Euro More than 8000 km – 1100 €

Please use the distance calculator on the link to see your travel budget.

There are diferent companies flying to to Istanbul and connecting to a Gaziantep flight. They are:

Turkish Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Onur Air
Atlas jet Global

We will need your tickets shuttle bus ticketslocal train tickets from home to airport and all boarding cards for reimbursement. We will refund your ticket costs in cash when you arrive within two-three weeks.

It will be processed, combined with the sending organization, an insurance to cover such an eventuality that may arise during the project. Please see the link to learn all about your insurance plan. It is free for EVS volunteers.
Please be sure that your insurance has been enrolled before travel by your sending organization.
Volunteers receives a youthpass certificate in the end of their service. For more details please see the link:
Three people will be selected for this roles:
a) a tutor, who will give personal support to the volunteer and will be the link between all the
organizations involved in theproject;
b) a supervisor of the activity in charge of keeping all the things related to the tasks of the volunteer
during the EVS;
c) a project manager, who will supervise the overall project and will ensure his perfect performance.
Also local volunteers will be assisting you during your whole day in an activity.

Değirmiçem Mahallesi Ökkeş Bahri Caddesi No:34 Şehitkamil Gaziantep-Turkey Link from Google maps.
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Mobile 0 (532) 273 28 42
Whatsapp: 0 (507) 191 49 21
This is a letter by European Commission to the volunteers who are selected for an EVS project.
Erasmus+ Programme EVS INFO KIT January 2014

1. The EVS Charter:

Highlighting the roles of EVS Sending, Receiving and Coordinating Organisations as well as the main principles and quality standards of EVS.
It is also important to know about the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (available at:, which presents the formal definitions and criteria of European Voluntary Service, including the funding rules. The Info-Kit is among several supporting documents which complements the information in the Programme Guide and provides inputs for improving the quality and successful implementation of an EVS project.


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