Project environment/ EVS

Motivation and EVS experience


Synaos think tank has the experience of two youth Programme of European Union. This projects are called action1.1 and action3.1 youth projects.

So far,withits positive  approach getting from Project and impressions, it has the courage of making evs Project. Synaos think tank under the authority  of Kütahya  Municipality, at the municipality foundation it maintains its projects.

It asks for for its culture,life style and happiness to share with young people from other countries. In order to support an idea about being European. Its aimed to define the cultures of individuals for common interests.


Description of the organisation

Kütahya,which is an art city is of almost every think from culture and art on every espect. During the Ottoman Time, the tile used for palace decaration, musquie ornamenting  was always speread from Kütahya to the neighbor hood.

Today the art of tile, as it always happened in the past from generation is stil being tryied to continiue.

Apart from these activities, today’s art, theatre,drowing, folklore and musical educations are also given by Kütahya municipality in the center of art education and culture. In this center  of art education age group 18-30 : drowing course ,foklore and theatre course. Turkish art and Turkish folk music courses are avaible.  For these courses 1 manager, 9 teachers,  2 personnel and  3 trainee teachers are working. Since 2006 Synaos think tank which deals with youth problems,since 2008 it has also been working with Kütahya municipality for youth projects. New volenteers hoped to assist the trainers for music and drowing courses. This studies are between 08-18:00 and implemented in different seans for two hours. The volenteers can chose whatever thay want from tw sesions. For the rest of the time they can get benefit from hobby clubs. If they like,they can stay with the families of Kütahya.


Project environment:

Kütahya is located in the western interior of Anatolia which finds the lives of  Troys, Urartu, Hittite ,Seljuks, the Ottomans and the many more civilizations. Kütahya have 57% of  area covered with forests, besides green thermal is paradise with of  healing and plenty  waters. The city must be seen with famous thermal spas, as beautiful as postcards corners and from this date to today important historical remains.

In the center of city have about 200 thousand of population, the main source of livelihood is tile, ceramic production and mining. Boron reserves popularity are growing in the world, approximately 70% of world reserves are in these lands.

Kutahya of Municipality had turned a campus which live of the young  from old  Nitrogen Plant facilities in the center of city. This complex has every kind of social, sporting facilities in this complex, for volunteers shelter facilities. The campus known Youth Art and Cultural Center have equipment which can provide every needs  of volunteers  in the best way.

The campus  has  63 house blocks,  3 guest houses, 2 restaurants, 2 sports centers, 1 soccer fields, 1 chess room, 2 elderly nursing homes, 1 kindergarten, 1 laundry and various social spaces. In training centers, It has been giving theaters, Turkish folk music and Turkish art, painting, various hobby activities and jewelry design courses. Volunteers will help with courses trainers, take language courses in training centers and learn our traditional art centers in hobby centers in their spare time.


Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

Joining of different cultures that live over the world together, knowing each others and making shared works are some of the works that we think to assist as the local management. A pair of works have to be made for settlement of the conscious of europeanship and agreement of the Eupeanship culture in the local society. As the institution, as decided to start to this drowig course that is active in structure of our Municipality had been selected as the main aim group.

The volunteers who will come here, will be in communication with these trainee and also people who are included into this environment, realize mutual information and culture shopping and will have various sharings.  Specialy the will meet with trainee who speak a different language than he/she speak, have different dish cultures, different traditions, different life forms, briefly have characteristics that look different from their points and thus joining of different cultures together will be assured. In order to increase the education activity of the volunteer and to assure him/her to be able to know Turkish culture closely, as visiting the houses of traniee who are educated in the day center, 3 times a month, dinner will be have together. This organization will be realized by the day care directorship.

The volunteer will be able to participate in the cources of the Municipality free according to her/his skill and wish and will be able to educated in handicrafts branches such as jewelry design, wood painting, cloth painting. Thus, they will both spend their spare times and will be able to recognize the handicrafts that had been embroidered with Turkish motifs more closely.

The volunteer, 1 or 2 a month, as visiting the civilian society institutions that are in connection with the Municipality of Kütahya, will take information related to the civilian society actions in Turkey and if he/she wishes, will be able to participate in the activities of these institutions.

The volunteer, if wishes, will be able to participate in the Communicty of Folk Dances that is active in structure of the Municipality of Kütahya , thus will be able to learn Turkish folk dances special to various regions.

The volunteer will simply teach his/her language to the traniee, will share his/her own country’s games with participate in their art and music activities. As participating in the communication, joining of traniee with a person who is different than them, will be assured

Furthermore, the volunteer will also work on planning and application of youth projects that are prepared by the institution and have the right to comment on formation of youth projects.

The volunteer will have permission 2 days a week. He/she will work in the International Project Development Center of the Municipality of Kütahya, if in the piece of 6 hours from the work program of 30 hours, and will be affective at stages of planning and application of youth projects that the youth committee formed in the institution’s structure prepared.

The volunteer who comes to Kütahya, will be a part of this project and also be able to apply a project that he/she developed to present contribution to the presentation of different cultures of project here. As the project is open to the development and renewal, the volunteer has to support to this subject. Every idea that the volunteer produced, will be able to be applied with support of the managers and educators of child club. The volunteer who will assist in preparation of youth projects in the same way, he/she will also be able to form the project idea and will make this idea the project. The volunteer will also have the chance to express himself/herself and production in this field.

The volunteer will stay in a private hostel, in a double room. If he/she wishes, he/she will also be able to settled in a family’s house.



The volunteer, will be able to have lunches and dinners in local headquarters of Turkish Press Unity, where the municipality’s personnel also have. Necessary money is given her/him for breakfast.

The volunteer will be sent to the course to learn language. This period will be considered in work hours. Depending on learning skills and language of the volunteer who will come, a program will be made with the language course’s educator and daily language education’s hour will be determined.

A guide will be assured for the volunteer. This guide will continuously have communication with the volunteer, will be intesred in his/her all problems and try to solve them. The communication between the guide and communication will be realized as often as the volunteer wishes.

To be able to perform the duties to the volunteer, our educators the specialist of subject will help and guide him/her.

Some activities will be able to be arranged fo him/her until the volunteer will comply with the local community. These will be assured with participations to the social events such as cinema and sport activities of city.





08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Art activities

11.00-12.00 Art activities

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Art activities

15.00-17.00 Youth activities (Volunteers will prepare the next day’s original activities )



08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Language Education

11.00-12.00 Free time for improving the volunteer’s original project

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-16.00 Courses for improving the volunteer. Turkish Handicrafts, Folk Dances, Modern Dancing, Theatre, , Wood and Cloth painting, Ottoman Glass Painting, Jewel Designing, Playing Local Instruments  etc.)



08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Art activities

11.00-12.00 Art activities

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Child club activities (Volunteer will prepare tomorrows original activities for chidren)

14.00-16.00 The Activities of  Kütahya Municipality



08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Language Education

11.00-12.00 Free time for improving the volunteer’s original project

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-16.00 Courses for improving the volunteer. Turkish Handicrafts, Folk Dances, Modern Dances,Theatre, , Wood and Cloth painting, Ottoman Glass Painting,Jewel Designing,Playing Local Instruments  etc.)




08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Art activities

11.00-12.00 Art activities

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Art activities

15.00-17.00 Art activities (Volunteer will prepare tomorrows original activities for chidren)


% 14 Language Education

% 26 Local Activities

% 60 Working on Project places


Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:

The volunteer who will realize the wilingnes service in our institution, has to be among 18 – 30 ages, has a social, extrovert, enterprising personality that develops himself/herself. He/she has to love art and spend time with it.

The main place where he/she will work, is the education and art center and here he/she has to be able to teach his/her country’s songs, games and simple words in daily speaking language to the young people.

Even if they do not have any education, because of he/she will make the musical activities, it is considered that the ones who are interested in art and music or who can play any instruments, would be more advantageous.

Except the language of his/her mother tongue, knowing a second language (English, German, French) will also be the preference reason.

The project place had evs experience and the thema ıs art because of thıs we beleıve that we can ensure an open and transparent recruitment process.

We are open to work in every area with sending organisations. We will be in cooperation during the project.


Inspired by name from  history of the  Kütahya city ,  Synaos Think Tank Association (Synaos Fikir Kulübü )was founded in March 2006 in  the Kütahya.

Purpose of the establishment of our Think Tank Association (SFK)As, ensure  to people that has intellectual knowledge  living in our city bring  their knowledge and experience in their field for urban and intellectual development  together and  attempt to keep our friends into a constructive endeavor. At the outset, our  club was being established in order to efficient use of  time and exchanging ideas  but  with increasing the number of  members of club  and especially new comings from the university  students and academics was sat  on a more effective and dynamic framework. Debates that in order to transform  intellectual  production  to practice; to express their opinion on the decisions taken for the city, taking a side , develops at the point of offering solutions, for this purpose entered into constructive relationships with other civil society organizations in the city and  with local governments and  consensus was  reached   on a being active  in terms of urban transformation projects produced.

We  participated with 3 of our group members and were actively involved in all stages of the action that is name “What can We do with one Euro”  Action1.1 youth exchange project was organized in 2007 in our province.
In order to implement projects that an seeing as an  important part of urban and intellectual development  and  decided to prepare with the common wisdom ,firstly  ability to communicate with  institutions  and people that writing and implementing projects and  to request  an information and opinion on the writing and implementation of the projects themselves was our first effort in this regard. To do this we have established  a communication  team in our club and  we collect all the data in one centre. To find a partner for  projects thanks to  created  membership in the group page on the internet , we have acquired the ability to communicate with both domestic and from abroad many groups.

All in this context in year 2008,  we have implemented  project  3.1. which is name “Peace is white”  that was  reference number TR-31-91-2008-R3

Participating in a  4.3 project held in Italy Palermo between 20-28 July 2009 with two friends of us was for the first time taking  an active part in a project , as well as, observing  implementing project in the place and resolving the lack of  information  and hardware as well as increasing constructive relationships developed there up to the point of doing joint project  was an important milestone for us.

Synaos Think Tank Association(Synaos Fikir Kulübü) is accredited by MFA-NA in July 2010, and in this way  in order to  taking an  more active roles in global projects  by youth of our district,  for  our province  a further  important step was taken by our association.


Synaos Think Tank maintained its activities in the beginning as a group then as a forming association in Kütahya from 2006 to 2008. After the year 2008, it served effectively for the promotion of Kütahya province and Turkey by doing EU projects.
As the members of the association mainly consist of youth leaders and sport oriented people who are directed to sports projects ,they can take an advantage of these chances with our activities.
Synaos Think Tank Association plans to implement projects which are supported also by Turkey Tennis Federation, Synaos Think Tank Association aims the upbringing of more happier individuals for society and keeping youth away from harmful habits by making sports in a healthy environment.
Synaos Think Tank Association was planning to implement projects about culture and arts with gaining support of Kütahya Municipality in the years of being accredited. For various reasons, it will implement sports projects instead of these projects. The basic idea causing this change is to more helpful for volunteers with implementing sports projects.

As the board members of Synaos Think Tank Association are also the founders of the Kütahya Tennis Club and Erasmus Sport that has started its operations recently, the idea occurred that sports projects can help young people more .
We’re planning to take a significant step for the future of society by upbringing happier and peaceful individuals and preserve mental and physical health of young people by making different kinds of sports primarily tennis.
Taking into account of possibilities of adequate accommodation, nutrition and sports facilities, we kindly request to be considered as a hosting organization which was accredited as a coordinating and sending organization before .