Volunteer Opportunities At SPI in Istanbul

Our refugee support programs are run by SPI team with great help from a dedicated team of volunteers from Syria, Turkey, Australia, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Europe who sustain our different educational and livelihood through their volunteer work.

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Please watch this instructional video before you apply 

Youth Empowerment
Volunteers Maggie & Simon from Seattle, US during one of their excursions with the attendees of our youth empowerment program.
Volunteer Appreciation
Our 2018 volunteer appreciation event.
Kids Fun Time
Volunteer Merit Kupper from Germany during our kids fun time program session.
Home Work Club
Volunteer Sana from Syria during one of our homework club sessions.
Math Club
Volunteer Ilayda from Turkey during a Math club session.
Our summer 2018 program kicks off with an Origami workshop organized by Origami for Cause. The children patiently learned how to make different creative shapes and forms of origami
Homework Help
Volunter Nida from Turkey helps children from our community in their school homework

Recent Volunteers Stories

3 Steps Application Process

1- Watch the video above

Make sure you watch and understand the instructions in the above video.

2- Read the guidelines

Please make sure you read the guidelines below carefully.

3- Submit the Form

Finally, please submit the application form below and make sure you mention as much details as possible.


Before volunteering

Before volunteering on any of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) project, each volunteer must carefully read the Volunteer Guidelines and the Release and Waiver of Liability, fill out the Volunteer Information Form and check the box indicating agreement and acceptance.

Form completion

When you have completed the Volunteer Form please print it out hand deliver it to a representative of SPI along with a copy of your personal identification (copy of current driver’s license or copy of Passport) before you volunteer.

Health insurance

Each Volunteer is strongly encouraged to have adequate medical or health insurance coverage in effect, and to maintain proof of such insurance on their person at all times.


Each Volunteer is strongly encouraged to obtain all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for Turkey and Syria, and to carry record of such vaccinations during your involvement with SPI.

Other info

s you volunteer with us here in Istanbul to help and support the refugee families, you may also help with communications, grant-writing and other administrative tasks; or even provide childcare while parents attend work or training sessions organized within the work of our social enterprise projects.

To learn more about our programs and activities, visit our enrichment and integration programs page.

To learn more about our community center, please read this blog post.



We believe consistency and safety are of paramount importance to the health of the child. Please make sure you read and understood this document. These simple guidelines will help ensure children have the boundaries they need to develop into well-rounded adults. Don’t hesitate to say NO if the need arises. We ask you to always consider and protect the youngest child by adhering carefully to these procedures. Please report any concerns or incidences or poor health in children i.e. head lice, sores, bruising or infections.

Dress code

Please be practical and consider we are working in a conservative area. Dress accordingly.

Arrival procedure

Arrive 15 minutes early to set up. Scan for safety – ensure poisons and sharps are up high and there are no trip hazards (like electric cords) present. Ensure dangerous items like medications, scissors etc are put away. Baby swing is for UNDER 2 YEARS OLD, place up high when not in use. Items not suitable for babies must be put away – look out for small choke hazards like beads. Anything smaller than a Duplo block is unsuitable for children under 3 years.

During session

Keep entrance/exit clear – that means all shoes in the shoe box. WALKING ONLY – SITTING WITH EATING. Keep clear of glass windows – no tapping or banging on glass. Do not sit on stacked chairs or tables. Enhance the learning experience by mixing your team throughout the group; in the front, middle and back of the class. Please pack up and remove rugs before using Play-Doh. Use Blu-tak (not sticky tape) on whiteboards.

Pick up procedure

Allow 15 minutes at end of class for cleaning up – set an alarm on your mobile if you need to. We encourage children to assist in this. Please leave the area clean and ready for the next class. e.g. sweep floors, empty bin, flush toilet, clean white boards, stack chairs/tables. It is helpful to put out shoes in pairs. Children need time to put their shoes on. Pack up all toys into correct boxes etc – please ensure all pieces are replaced in the right box and boxes are put up high out of harm’s way. Small boxes on top of big boxes. Transition the exit in small groups. Please note: Assistance with rug cleaning is appreciated after your workshop.

In an emergency

Know how to exit all children through the door. Emergency contacts are listed in a sign on the walls around the building.


Waiver & release

I, the Volunteer, release and forever discharge and hold harmless SPI and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from my involvement with them. I understand and acknowledge that this Waiver discharges SPI, from any liability or claim that I may have against SPI with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result directly or indirectly from my participation in the Program. I also understand that SPI does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health or disability insurance, in the event of injury, illness, death or property damage


I, the Volunteer, understand that SPI will not provide any insurance coverage for me and acknowledge that SPI has strongly recommended that I seek and obtain my own medical insurance which covers my involvement in the Program, on my own accord. If I choose not to obtain such insurance, I warrant that I am doing so at my own risk. Further, I understand that I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of SPI in the event of such injury or medical expense.

Medical treatment

I hereby release and forever discharge SPI from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my time with as a volunteer with SPI.

Assumption of risk

I, the Volunteer, do not know of any reason, medical or otherwise, that would prevent me from performing the tasks involved in volunteering for SPI. I do not anticipate having any health problems while participating. I hereby expressly release SPI from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from the activities of my time with SPI and understand that SPI is not responsible for conditions that I create myself or those created by other volunteers.

Photographic release

I grant and convey unto SPI all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by SPI during my work for SPI, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings. For the avoidance of doubt, I irrevocably authorize SPI to make use of my name, likeness, image, and voice (collectively “Image”) in connection with any and all promotion of the Program or of SPI in general, worldwide, in perpetuity, in all forms and media, without any liability or acknowledgement. I hereby release SPI from any and all claims that may arise regarding the use of my Image, including any claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement of moral rights, rights of publicity, or copyright.


I am donating my time, and services without any compensation and shall at no time be considered an employee or independent contractor of SPI. I, binding my family, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify SPI, its officers, directors, agents and volunteers, from and against any and all loss, damage, expense or cost (including attorneys fees) of any kind for injuries (including property damage, personal injury, disability and death) arising out of this volunteer activity, whether caused by the negligence of SPI or otherwise.


I agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Waiver shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable.


SPI will have the right to freely assign this Waiver and all of its rights hereunder. This agreement will inure to the benefit of and will be binding upon our respective affiliates, successors, licensees, assigns, heirs and representatives.

Entire Agreement

This Waiver constitutes the entire understanding and agreement of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and cannot be amended except by a written instrument signed by SPI and Volunteer.
Volunteer Application Form

Your Name (Required)

Your Email (Required)

Your Age (Required)

Phone (Required)

Do you live in Istanbul? (Required)

If not, when and for how long will you be in Istanbul?

Address (Required)

Emergency Contact (Required)

Emergency Phone (Required)

What is your home country? (Required)

What languages do you speak? (Required)

Do you have any experience or skills relevant to volunteering with SPI? (Required)

Do you have any known medical conditions or health issues?

If yes, please describe:

What is your exact availability? (e.g., Wednesdays 12:00-6:00, all day Saturday and Sunday) (Required)

What is your interest in SPI? (Required)

How would you like to contribute to SPI? (e.g., art classes for children, women’s craft workshops) (Required)

What do you hope to gain from volunteering with SPI?


By submitting this form, I desire to work and engage in the activities related to being a volunteer for Small Projects Istanbul (SPI). I hereby freely and voluntarily, and without duress, execute this Waiver under the terms, notes and guidelines mentioned on SPI volunteer page.

I agree

By checking the above box I agree that I have read and understood the

I understand and agree that this Release and Waiver of Liability will have the effect of releasing, discharging, waiving and forever relinquishing any and all actions or causes of action that I may have or have had, whether past, present or future, whether known or unknown, and whether anticipated or unanticipated by me, arising out of my participation with and involvement with SPI.

I (and parent/legal guardian if volunteer is under age 18) have carefully read this release, and understand and agree with all of its terms and conditions.