Egitim Programlari ve Evrensel ve Kulturel Aktiviteler Dernegi was established in 2012 for the purpose of creating and developing cultural and educational programs for disadvantaged young people and women. We are a non-governmental and non-profit organization, with 35 members, who are active in the field of contemporary art, ICT, non-formal education, ecology, entrepreneurship, local handicrafts, youth programs and volunteering.

Our organization have quite a lot of experience in EU Youth in Action and Erasmus + programs and we also provide non-formal education abroad and in our town with a multicultural atmosphere for the young people that we are working with, which means we send them to European countries to learn in an international group of young people such as youth exchanges, training courses for youth and youth volunteering and at the same time we host European young people here in Sinop for youth exchanges about the environment, crisis management, leadership skills, volunteering for the disabled people and orator skills.

EPEKA is accredited as a sending and hosting organization for the European Voluntary Service. Within EVS we host young volunteers in our town in the rehabilitation centre for mentally and physically disabled people. Providing traineeship in Sinop for the university students whose major is SEN and organizing student exchange programs with different countries from all around the world are some of our activities too.

We worked for the disadvantaged women in our Grundtvig project “WOW- Working on Women” with our European partners. Within this project, we provided cooking, handicrafts, computer, woman and child care and English courses for the women who are lower educated and unemployed, but we still hold English classes for the disadvantaged women and youth. For the reason of raising awareness on animal rights, we provide volunteering activities for our youth to work in the animal shelter in our town to cook for them and play with the animals that are living in the cages and organize sales with our young people for fundraising to buy dog and cat food and medical equipment for the homeless animals.

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