Turkish Volunteers (July 2021)
Language Academy Wales (Receiving organisation – Wales, UK)
Eskisehir Osmangazi University (Sending organisation-Eskisehir, Turkey)
This page will show you our collaboration with a University to provide Turkish volunteers and opportunity to work and learn in the UK.
Eskisehir Osmangazi University (ESOGU) was initially established on 18 August 1993 after the departments of architecture, engineering, medicine, letters and science was moved from the Anadolu University to lay the foundation of a new institution.
The university is a strong and long-established university with 50 years of scientific experience, continues to produce knowledge with 12 Faculties, 2 Schools, 5 Vocational Schools, 4 Institutes and 35 Application and Research centres and progressing steadily towards modern science.
Eskisehir Osmangazi University is a key state university of Turkey that runs both graduate and undergraduate programs in various disciplines ranging from medicine to art and design.
The university has more than 100 student clubs and the campus offers opportunities for various indoor and outdoor recreational activities ranging from theatre, literary thought club, law and virtue club and American football.
University life in ESOGU
Eskisehir Osmangazi University included in the Erasmus program. It is one of the first four universities that became a member of SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education).
Mahmudiye Horse Riding Vocational school in Eskisehir Osmangazi University has started to manage local volunteering programmes in, sending and hosting Erasmus+ candidates. Candidates from different youth groups can benefit from the experience in the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteering programmes.
The project “Let’s Develop Networks and Create Opportunities for Hippo Therapy”, financed by the European Union, ESC Accreditation is carried out in the field of hippo therapy as Eskisehir Osmangazi University.
Hippo therapy sessions, ESOGU
Dr. Cafer Yildirim from ESOGU, the legal representative of ESC, experienced in sending/hosting volunteers and coordinating projects with his international partners and volunteers since 2010. He creates opportunities and gives training for young people in the local area to raise awareness and have a volunteering experience abroad.
To date, Language Academy Wales (an approved EVS/ESC) centre has collaborated with Dr. Cafer for over 4 years and have hosted over 10 long and short terms EVS/ESC volunteers. We have hosted many European young people volunteering on cultural experience and internship in Cardiff, Wales with LAW and CCW-Training Academy.
Our latest Turkish volunteers Miss Irem Urgen from Turkey, with an engineering background, gaining more workplace experience and skills such as; project management, administration, verbal English communication skills, marketing, tendering, and Erasmus+ projects experience while undertaking her internship with Language Academy Wales (LAW). This volunteering experience has given Irem the opportunity to improve her English language, learning Welsh and English cultural experiences and be able to explore/site seeing parts of Wales and England.
Statement from Mike Tan, the director of LAW: “I am delighted to say that Miss Irem Urgen has excelled in her internship as she has produced high quality works and is a valid member of our delivery team. She is a roll model to all Turkish volunteers, and I can only say that we were very fortunate to have received such a committed, hardworking and innovative volunteer. Needless to say, Dr. Cafer’s selection protocol is of a high standard. No doubt we will carry on collaborating in the foreseeable future”.
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