Wednesday, 27 May 2015

One, two... TREES!

This week we focused on ecological works. Last saturday girls went to Karsiyaka and took pictures on the theme "Human and trees". On sunday they showed me their photos and I teached them some little tricks that I know about photoshop, like the correction of colours with filter, how to underline the profile, how to recover detail in Highlight and shadows. 
After this we discuss about the role of trees in our society and I asked them to give me at last one reason of their importance. They just gave me the main and basic idea that comes to everybody : "trees produce oxygen".
I made a list of other main points that I found on internet ... there so many other important reasons and you can read here.
We made a personality test: look at the pictures and choose the one that immediately appeals to you. Do not think too long. Then check the answer and if you want post a comment about what you choose :)

1.You are a generous and moral (not to confuse with moralizing) person. You always work on self-improvement. You are very ambitious and have very high standards. People might think that communicating with you is difficult, but for you, it isn’t easy to be who you are. You work very hard but you are not in the least selfish. You work because you want to improve the world. You have a great capacity to love people until they hurt you. But even after they do. . . you keep loving. Very few people can appreciate everything you do as well as you deserve.
2.You are a fun, honest person. You are very responsible and like taking care of others. You believe in putting in an honest day’s work and accept many work-related responsibilities. You have a very good personality and people come to trust you easily. You are bright, witty and fast-thinking. You always have an interesting story to tell.
3.You are a smart and thoughtful person. You are a great thinker. Your thoughts and ideas are the most important. You like to think about your theories and views alone. You are an introvert. You get along with those who likes to think and learn. You spend a lot of time, thinking about morality. You are trying to do what is right, even if the majority of society does not agree with you.
4.You are perceptive and philosophical person. You are a unique, one soul of your kind. Next to you there’s no one even slightly similar to you. You are intuitive and a bit quirky. You are often misunderstood, and it hurts you. You need personal space. Your creativity needs to be developed, it requires respect of others. You are a person who clearly sees the light and dark sides of life. You are very emotional.
5.You are self-assured and in charge. You are very independent. Your guiding principle in life is ‘I’ll do it my way.’. You are very self-reliant and know how to stay strong for yourself and the people you love. You know exactly what you want and are not afraid of pursuing your dreams. The only thing you demand from people is honesty. You are strong enough to accept the truth.
6.You are kind and sensitive. People relate to you very well. You have many friends and you love helping them. You have this warm and bright aura that makes people feel good when they are around you. Every day, you think about what you can do to improve yourself. You want to be interesting, insightful and unique. More than anybody else in the world, you need to love. You are even ready to love those who don’t love you back.
7.You are happy and unflappable. You are a very sensitive and understanding person. You are a great listener who know how to be non-judgmental. You believe that everybody has their own journey in life. You are open to new people and events. You are highly resistant to stress and rarely worry. Normally, you are very relaxed. You always manage to have a good time and never lose your way.
8.You are charming and energetic. You are a fun person who knows hot to make people laugh. You live in a state of harmony with the universe. You are spontaneous and enthusiastic. You never say no to an adventure. Often, you end up surprising and even shocking people. But that’s just how you are. . . You always remain true to yourself. You have many interests and if something proves of interest to you, you will not rest until you acquire a profound knowledge of this area.
9.You are optimistic and lucky. You believe that life is a gift and you try to achieve as much as possible and put this gift to the best use possible. You are very proud of your achievements. You are ready to stick by the people you care about through thick and thin. You have a very healthy approach to life. The glass is (at least) half full for you. You use any opportunity to forgive, learn, and grow because you believe that life is too short to do otherwise. Aysenur and Buse choose  n.1, Elif n.4 and me n.8... and I think the solution told the truth about our personalities.

Later we went outside the office to collect some petals or leaves to create artistic works; we have to finisht it so I will publish the pictures in next blog.

Here you can see beautiful pictures of painted leaves.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

8.Ege Belgesel Film Günleri

Saturday 16th may and sunday 17th may 2015 Aysenur, Buse, Elif and I went to see a film festival about documentaries movies called  8.egebelgesel film gunleri” in the french culture centre.
On Saturday we saw three movies: return to Homs by Talal Derki, Otekikasaba by Nefin Dinç and the last one, Salvador Allende by Patricio Guzman.
As the previous two were in turkish I just have a unclear idea of what they talked about, but I understood a little the second one, a documentary on the natives of a Greek and Turkish town. The two nations have been enemies many times ago and the filmmakers visited the city to ask to people their feelings about their nationality and the perceptions and the prejudices of each other.
 Salvador Allende movie was in spanish and it was very interesting for me  due to my studies, I have always been fascinated about South American history and novelists and mostly by Salvador Allende’s daughter, Isabel, that is one of my favourite writer. Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile, was the first Marxist to be democratically elected the president of a Latin American country.
The country was in a severe economic crises when Allende came to power. Socio-economic problems like unemployment, inflation and malnourishment were rampant in the country at that time. As president, he tried to build a socialist society by bringing about nationalization of industries and by adopting a policy of collectivism. However his enthusiasm for socialism strained his relations with business houses and many other politicians. In spite of having the support of the farmers and the common man, his government was overthrown by Pinochet that will dictate tyranny.

 On Sunday we saw together a short documentary called Depo: Akil hastanesinde hayat by Can Dinlenmis.
It talked about life in mental hospitals. This documentary focused on the mental health system and state regulated institutions in Turkey. I do not know if the rules about this kind of building are the same than in Italy but  watching the movie it looked like very similar and remind me about how life is hard for this people.
In the afteroon I saw a movie that had english and turkish subtitles: The Beekeeper by Mano Khalil.
It was a very touching story and made me the curiosity to know much more better about situation between turkish and kurdish people.
The Beekeeper relates the life of Ibrahim Gezer, a Kurdish beekeeper from Turkey, and his unusual experience of integration into Switzerland. The long conflict between the Turkish state and the armed Kurdish guerrilla movement robbed Gezer of everything that he had: his wife, two of his children, his country, and his bee colonies. He discovers a new life in Switzerland and after burocracy problems he can finally be retired.

Buse is  the most motivated in this kind of activities  as she really likes cinema and she spoke me that would like to study cinematography after finishing the school.
I think these movies gave them a different perception about the country in which they live as mostly of documentaries showed different realities. I asked girls if they know about history of Chile and the dictatorship of Pinochet and they just answered me that maybe they heard about it but did not know exactly the history. For me it is very important to share this kind of information with them because I do not know what kind of studies they do in school and if they have basic infos about the history of different countries.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Movie Festival

This week  Buse, Aysenur and me went to two movie festivals.

On saturday we went to Bornova forum because of the Europe day. I even didn't know that a Europe day exists. The programme was about european movies with turkish subtitles. It has been very nice but the bad things it was that the room was empty and nobody was there, so the cinema was ours!

Firts movie we saw it was italian one, "La sedia della felicità"  (Mutluluğun Sandalyesi) by C. Mazzacurati. It is a comedy and I really liked it, I suggest to see it because it is very funny.

Then we saw a documentary which title is Hayalimdeki Yolculuk organized by Turkish Council about 25 turkish guys that won a competiton called My Imaginary Journey and went to  Europe by bus. They visited Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy and realized the trip od their dreams.
You can find it in here at this link
Last movie we saw it was a polish drama movie with turkish subtitles. Even if I couldn't understand the words the movie was very good and beautiful. I suggest to see it too even if it will make you cry because it is about a truth story.
Some info about the movie to this link: 

I hope girls understood something more about the meaning of "europe" and mostly the importance of speaking english because they will have a key to read much more better the world and understand other cultures.
The day after we went to another movie festival  about strikes in french culture centre: Isci Filmeri Festivali. Before movies started a man and a woman performed in a concert. He plyaed guitar and she flaut. What a surprise in listening "Oh Bella Ciao!" turkish version.

First movie we saw was Nefes Olmayinca by Emin Kuleci. He speaks about protest of building central nuclear in the city of Gerze. You can read an article about this topic in here.

Second movie title was Üç-Beş Ağaç Kervanı. It talkes about a group of people that is still going in many cities of Turkey to discuss about nuclear problem and fight against the building of it. The comany use theatre and music performances to involve people in their project. Here there is their facebook page.

The last movie is called Çöpten Bir Hayat by Serdan Narin and speaks about the wasted area of Harmandali and problems related to it. Here the trailer.

After the festival we found a very nice event of students from different countries.

 Walking in Izmir I found this billboard. It is good, because mostly of the people that I have met in these months do not know the EVS programme.

And  5 of may I also took part at the Hidrellez celebration with my friend Irem. That night Izmir's sky was amazing and the moon was huge.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Izmir Ataturk Youth Centre

8 april 2015 I visited the youth centre of Ataturk in Izmir, which turkish name is GSB İzmir Gençlik Merkezleri. This place is subsidiary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports since 2006.
It is located in Goztepe and in there I met with Nuri, one of the worker of the organization since 2012. He is the responsable for international relation and partnership and director of social media. He writes projects for youth leaders and organizing sessions about Erasmus Plus and Project Circle Managament.
The Youth Centre aim is to develop young people’s social, personal, cultural and sports acts and spending their leisure time in a high quality in the center. It carries many activities related to computing, arts, theatre, chess competions, music courses and sports.
I have been invited for sharing my experience as EVS volunteer and make to people in there understand what erasmus+ project can offer. After my presentation they discuss about future plans and tried to make connection between them as the group was very new and it was their first meeting.
While they were planning future projetcs, I went in another room where Feyzi, another guy interested in arts, was painting with Ebru technique and I tried it too. It was funny also because I did not know this kind of art before.

2 weeks in Tangala Goat Farm

From 18 april to 1st of may I spent two weeks in a goat Farm in Fethiye, South of Turkey.

Tangala is the name of the farm and is located in the west end of the Taurus mountains at 700 meters high from sea level, near TLOS ancient city ruins. 

The farm main profession is to produce fresh and aged goat cheese.The farm is still under costruction and in a coulple of months it will become much more beautiful than it is now. Everything is natural and raw in there and if you like nature and you are interested in living in ecofriendly style this is one of the best place you can find in all of Turkey.

The day in the farm starts at 7/7:30, after breakfast the owner of the farm, Buket, starts immediately to milk the goats: They are 35, between big and puppies but only 14 of them are milked twice per day.After this operation, the shepard, Halil, or his wife, Zarife, come and bring the goats into the forest. When the farm is empty it is the moment of cleaning the goats place, and refilled the container with hay.The puppies goats do not go with their mothers, they stay in the farm but in a big green garden and when you open the gate it looks like children running outside from the school.After this works if there are no extra things to do you can enjoy the beautiful place and do different activities like going for a walk, taking pictures, riding a bycicle or just take a rest.In the afternoon the goats come back and they are milked again.

In the farm I met with other volunteers, Graham from England, and Jospefine from Germany.
I stayed in Tangala in the same week of the children's day in Turkey, april the 23, and many actors from Istanbul came to the farm to perform the day of the festival called Çocuk Bayramı.
Actors performed for children on the stage and after this we moved in a close part of that place because there was already prepared an archaeological game and as soon as they finished children got their own diploma for the partecipation of the festival.

I did many activities in these wonderful two weeks. I went to visit the city of Pinara from where there was an amazing landscape and after to the marvellous seaside of Oludeniz in Fethiye.

I went with Josefine for a walk with Kadife, the donkey, we went to eat to the neighbour house as one of the son in that family was going to be a soldier, and Buket told me that it is a tradition invite people for eating. I tasted so many delicious food.

One night we went to a engagement party: all people from the village was there, we went to dance but men and women did not dance together but were separeted and this looks like very weird to me.

One day Josefine and me went to Zarife’s house to see how she bakes bread.

 I spent my last day in Fethiye following shepards into the forest, Halil and Meral. They brought me in a beautiful place with a big green garden and a river, I drank water directly from the river, we walked into the forest and the street was arduous, steep, and for sure, full of stones.

I had never worked in a farm before of this experience but I can say that I liked it very much. I think that It is very important the work that Tangala is doing with volunteers because give a chance to everybody to see how this work is hard and also it is a excellent example of ecofriendly system because they take the best things from organic and conventional farming and combine them.
They spread the consciousness and application of organic production to other people and they help the community and the values of local knowledge to preserve its traditional ways of life and make possible to pass these values to future generations.
Tangala it has been a very hard experience for me but in the end I am very glad of having been part of it for a while.
I met with beautiful and great people and I learned many things about different topics. I had the possibility to see somebody that succeded in his dream and I fullfilled my eyes of astonishing landscapes.
This experinece has gone much more beyond the simple farming and I will have a beautiful and amazing memory of it for the rest of my life.