Syrian refugee children
50+ Refugee families
Summer programs per year and
yearling sustainable projects
During the program, alongside faculty from selective Turkish universities, volunteers partake in case studies concerning Turkey and the Middle East and enrich themselves about the region. Volunteers gain a deep understanding of the Syrian Civil War and Turkey’s role in it.
On the weekends, based on the location of the program, volunteers experience the rich history and culture of Istanbul or South East Anatolia. Volunteers attend special tours led by experienced tour guides.
Throughout the program, high school students partake in 8 hours of volunteer work each weekday with Syrian refugee children between the ages 5 and 15. The content of the volunteer work is shaped by the volunteers under the leadership of volunteer mentors who have previously attended the program. The volunteer works includes visits to the homes of refugee families that allows volunteers to form their own projects that they continue to sustain following the program.
Teymur Continental Hotel/Gaziantep
Urfa, Halfeti, Göbeklitepe, Gaziantep (Tours will be planned based on the content of the program)
Republika Academic Aparts, Ortakoy, Istanbul
Old Istanbul, Islands, Museums and Mosques (Tours will be planned based on the content of the program)
Between the 16th and the 21st of June, high school students will be trained by educators from the U.S as part of the Rainbow program established by Amal Alliance.
Volunteer work taking place following the training with the Syrian refugees living in Derbent, Istanbul will use this training as well as the themes introduced by Amal Alliance to support the integration of Turkish and Syrian children.
Since 2015, Give A Hand has been collaborating with leading universities in Turkey. The organization was founded in Gaziantep upon an academic partnership with Hasan Kalyoncu University. In 2017, Give A Hand Istanbul programs were established with the support of Istanbul Technical University and Yeditepe University.
During the Give A Hand programs, attendees are given an opportunity to not only design their own volunteer projects to sustain beyond the program but also do academic research. In addition, as part of our personalized research programs, high school students worldwide are given an opportunity to do independent research with our faculty during a separate time frame.
Give A Hand has partnered with the English production firm Open Citadel to produce a short film that will raise awareness about Syrian refugee children.
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Istanbul Summer 2018
20 June 2016-Istanbul
December 2016 - Fatih
June 2015 - Gobeklitepe / Urfa / Halfeti
June 2015 - Adıyaman
June 2015 - HKU
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