The first students from Hakkari travel abroad!

This story starts somewhere in Izmir, Turkey with a group of dedicated AFS volunteers and takes us to Faro in Portugal. It reminds us of what the AFS mission is all about.

Cultural differences within a country can sometimes be even bigger than those across continents. At AFS, we are very good at creating bridges between different nations. However, we rarely focus on the diversity within nations. This has recently changed in Turkey:  in 2015, AFS Gönüllüleri Derneği (the AFS Turkey Volunteer Association) started to offer inter-Turkey exchanges between Hakkari and Izmir. This project rightfully won the 2015 AFS Changemaker Award for bringing ICL and youth exchange – and most of all hope – to a region of Turkey affected by violent conflicts and few opportunities.