Are you a teacher?
We are looking for experienced teachers and educators to join our team and teach our kids English, Math, Biology, Geography, Music, Computer, Art and Sports to help them acquire the skills they need to thrive in Europe. Experience teaching English as a foreign language is a huge plus!
Are you a psychologist or a social worker?
Do you have the training to support resiliency by working with children individually and within class programs? Can you observe and listen well to connect with kids in crisis and transition? From building social and coping skills to making referrals to partner agencies- we support students in every way we can.
Are you a kids person?
Working with children aged 12-17 requires a combination of energy and patience! At the heart of the Youth Center is an enjoyment of the students in all the complexity of their experience and interactions. We are looking for motivated leaders to inspire and teach kids through all of our activities.
Proficient in English.
Over the age of 20.
Minimum of 6 weeks.
Completion of CRB/background check
Passion, drive, dedication to our cause.
Due to the changing circumstances of our work, we cannot accept applications more than 4 months prior to your starting date.
Frequently asked question
Does it cost anything to volunteer with Still I Rise?
No. Volunteers need to cover their accommodation and food costs but there is no payment to Still I Rise.
Who do I contact about volunteering?
Please read all information on our site before applying to volunteer with us. If you have further questions, you can contact . If you are confirmed as a volunteer, it is not formal employment and we cannot support documentation for visas.
Would I need a car in Istanbul?
Since all of our activities take place in our youth center, it is not necessary to have a car while you volunteer with us. However, it is very likely that you will walk 10-15 minutes from your accommodation to reach the center each day.
What would I be doing as a volunteer with Still I Rise?
We make an effort to use our volunteers' strongest skills while they are with us. People trained in teaching, whether English or other courses, may be teaching regular classes. If you have skills in art, engineering, science, dance or other activities, the team has enjoyed providing topic specific workshops for our students. Staff at the common hall desk are also needed to keep the center clean, supervise and engage with kids between classes, and support teachers throughout the day.
Volunteer transport and accomodation information
We recommend volunteers to take out health insurance for Turkey prior to departure and for the entire duration of stay.
It is strongly recommended to buy a local sim card upon arrival in Turkey in order to be reachable at all time during your stay. A sim card without options for international calls, with a fair amount of GB, SMSs and minutes costs around 10/20€ per month.
We would also like to remind you that Turkish Lira is the currency of this country. There are many exchange offices around the city, and lots of ATMs as well. Be aware that your bank or the ATM’s bank could charge a commission whenever you withdraw money or you pay at the POS.
We remind that it is the volunteers’ responsibility to check Turkish regulations about visas and residency policies. A visa could be required to enter the country. It could be necessary to ask the Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your country before departure. At this link you can find some information:
Flights to ISTANBUL
Flights to Istanbul
There are several flight to Istanbul from many cities around Europe and the world. Turkish Airline is the flag carrier, but you can also check Pegasus flights for low cost fares.
Istanbul International airport is approximately 50km from our location and a taxi from the airport will cost around 35 EUR. Istanbul Sabiha Gokçen airport is approximately 80km from our location and a taxi from the airport will cost around 50/60 EUR. From both airports there are low cost buses running to central area of Istanbul (Taksim/Levent). Once you get there you can even take a Taxi or use Public Transport System.
Unfortunately, we cannot arrange to personally meet and pick-up volunteers when they arrive.
Still I Rise volunteers can opt to stay in our volunteer house for a small and reduced monthly fee. To accommodate as many volunteers as possible there are a few shared rooms and it is likely that you will share the room with at least one other volunteer.
Still I Rise is completely privately funded and the financial donations that we receive are used to support our work. As such, all of our volunteers are responsible for their own expenses. If you are interested in staying in our volunteer house, we will provide you with further information after you have submitted your application.
Volunteers usually fundraise to support their stay and personal expenses in Istanbul. You can do so through crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, CrowdRise, YouCaring or Generosity. Please note all these sites charge an administration fee. Donations can also be received through a PayPal account, for which no fee is charged.
Shared housing typically costs about 100 EUR per month. With a small budget for food and expenses, most volunteers can manage on 300 EUR per month.