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.
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.