TURKIYE EGITIM GONULLULERI VAKFITurkish Foundation of Education Volunteer (TEGV)

I volunteered for TEGV in Istanbul during the Summer of 2002.

In July, 2002, I spent two months in Istanbul. For one month, my Turkish friend helped me get a volunteer position with the Turkish Foundation of Education Volunteer, or TEGV for short. I ended up volunteering at the Charshamba Education Park which was near the Fatih Camii.

During the weekdays, I would "try" to teach English to my students with my assistant (Ozge during the first week and Yasmine for the last three weeks). On Fridays, the TEGV staff would take all the kids at the park on a field trip. I missed the first trip (I over slept) but I was able to attend the second Spiderman movie trip. That was interesting since I was the only person who understood the American humor of the film (the movie was in subtitles. The third trip took place at the Tour of the Beyberleri Palace. For the last trip, we spent a long hot day at a park on the Asian side of Istanbul at Beykoz. Kevin Kalb, a classmate from Indiana University, joined me for this fun, and long, excursion.

I originally had 65 photos that I posted of this group. Since I brought it down to 13 because I lost many photos.

TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
I volunteered for the Cilek 2 group. Cilek meant strawberry in Turkish.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
She was a very bright student and one of my favorites.
Yasmine, TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
Yasmine was the volunteered I worked with at TEGV.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
These two sisters liked me. The little girl eventually got bullied by the older students so I saw less of her towards the end of my volunteer work.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
You will start to notice one Turkish girl appearing in most of my pictures. She went around telling me what photos to take. Of course she had to be in them. Kevin Kalb, my graduate school classmate is in this photo.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
I wish I could remember her name. It was nearly 19 years ago.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
Some of the older students. We never interacted much until this trip.
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
Ms. Picture Perfect!
TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
More photos with the older students. In 2002 I could work easier with smaller kids. By 2013 that had changed. I now prefer working with middle school to high school students.
Sermin - TEGV Charshamba Education Park Istanbul, Turkey.
Sermin, my boss.

Reflection

A lot of happy memories but I lost contact with Sermin and the rest of the volunteers. All these "kids" are probably in their late 20s and early 30s now.