ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

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.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

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.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

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.

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1st. Gaziantep Program

16 June - 29 June 2019

2nd. Gaziantep Program

30 June - 13 July 2019

  • Accommodation:

    Teymur Continental Hotel/Gaziantep

  • Max. Number of Volunteer:

    18

  • Volunteer/Team Ratio:

    6:1

  • Hours Spent Volunteering:

    80 hours

  • Total Class Time:

    6-8 hours

  • Cultural Tours:

    Urfa, Halfeti, Göbeklitepe, Gaziantep (Tours will be planned based on the content of the program)

  • Airport:

    Gaziantep

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1st. Istanbul Program

16 June - 29 June 2019

2nd. Istanbul Program

30 June - 13 July 2019

  • Accommodation:

    Republika Academic Aparts, Ortakoy, Istanbul

  • Max. Number of Volunteer:

    24

  • Volunteer/Team Ratio:

    6:1

  • Hours Spent Volunteering:

    80 hours

  • Total Class Time:

    6-8 hours

  • Cultural Tours:

    Old Istanbul, Islands, Museums and Mosques (Tours will be planned based on the content of the program)

  • Airport:

    Istanbul Airport

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Personalized Research Programs

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.

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.

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Our Testimonials

  • Joining Give a Hand and working with refugees in Turkey are some of the most unforgettable experiences in my life. I sincerely appreciated what had been done to the refugees from many sides and I was absolutely glad to play a role in this process. Yet the world still required us to be more patient, more empathetic, and more proactive than we expected. Give a Hand drove me to examine myself on how I could bring changes to the global community, and I feel ready now to make further commitment on helping the refugee community with the best of my ability.

    STEVEN LI   |  Dartmouth College 2021
  • I choose to participate in the Give A Hand program because I wanted to be able to impact someone’s live in an amazing way. I learned so much on this trip. I learned more of what is actually going on in Syria, not just what the media is selling for a better story.

    TANYA ROBINSON   |  Auburn University 2021
  • When I look back on to our time in Gaziantep, I think all the hardship we went through was worth it. In the process of trying to help others, we gave away our positivity but at the same time we see the indestructible faith in humanity that as long as there is life, there is hope and future. I am greatly inspired by how the Turkish governments are doing what they can to settle down the refugees by establishing a special market, giving them technical skill trainings, and places to live. I will definitely continues communicating with my little sisters and come back next year to continue doing this program. I believe that through our efforts we can help more and more people in need...

    SHIRLEY YE   |  Columbia University Barnard College 2021
  • Through the history and politics crash course of Middle East, I came to understand how the impasse in the area has stemmed from historical prejudices and conflicts.. By working in the social market, volunteering at a local elementary school where Syrian refugee children attend, helping out at the food distribution center and visiting the actual container camp, I saw with my own eyes how these Syrian refugees, tormented by the loss of their house and maybe their families, are motivated only by a single hope that the war may end.

    CATHY WANG   |  Stanford University 2021

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In 2016, as part of the Golden Compass public relations awards, we were given the “Turkish Brand” award with Hasan Kalyoncu University.

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