Volunteer projects


Displaced Minors Integration Project

Istanbul&I volunteers visit local communities to provide educational workshops to young children. 

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Youth Leadership & Development Project

The Youth Leadership & Development Project is a multi-dimensional training program to enhance the leadership skills of youth at Small Project Istanbul (SPI) as they transition into adulthood.


Food distribution with Hayata Sarıl Lokantası

Hayata Sarıl Lokantası is a for-profit restaurant during the day and serves hot meals for free of charge to Beyoglu’s homeless and disadvantaged population at night. Istanbul&I volunteers join the restaurant weekly on Wednesdays! 


Food distribution with Sokak Lambası

Sokak Lambası is a sister NGO of Hayata Sarıl Lokantası. Istanbul&I volunteers join their food distribution weekly on Sundays! 


Clothes distribution with Ahtapot Gönüllüleri

Istanbul&I volunteers provides support in collecting clothes, books and toys that are not used by their owners and passing through some processes as well as assisting in sending the items through this program to the people in need.

Social inclusion projects


Language Speaking Clubs

Language Speaking Clubs provide an opportunity for people to practice their language skills. We currently have Turkish and English Speaking Clubs.

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Introduction to Culture

Living in Istanbul accords us the opportunity to meet people of all backgrounds, statuses, classes, and orientation.



Skills building and networking are important themes to Istanbul&I’s work, and our workshops represent one of the ways we do this best.



Istanbul&I is excited to introduce a new program titled Connection. In a world where we are more digitally connected than ever but still feel a lack of human connection.



Launched in November 2017, TALK is a public lecture series that seeks to engage young people in a discussion and workshop focused program.


Poetry Club

Poetry Club is designed as a safe space for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and levels, who wish to express their emotions and convey their thoughts.


Book Club

Istanbul&I’s Book Club was created to encourage people to read books and discuss a variety of topics as well as to help people explore different perspectives and foreign ideas.

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