Eyüp Erten is a 23-year-old Computer Engineering student, actively volunteering for an NGO in Turkiye.
Eyüp is a senior Computer Engineering student at Atatürk University and he works for one of the biggest telecom companies in Turkiye. He has been actively participating in volunteering activities for 2 years. He is currently continuing his volunteer work within SITODED (Civil Society Supporter Association), an association in Erzurum.
After studying twice in Poland and Russia through Erasmus+, Eyüp participated in a short-term volunteering project in Greece to get to know Europe better. He volunteered for 2 months ın a Project about recycling. It was at an association in Thessaloniki, Greece in August 2022 within the scope of European Solidarity Corps (ESC). During his volunteering in Greece, he worked on topics such as sustainability, recycling and zero waste. In addition, he promoted these topics by creating awareness points at various festivals.
Eyüp has been working on social entrepreneurship, mental health and sustainable development goals in Turkiye. He has been involved in local awareness raising activities on these issues. Eyüp states that he has improved himself a lot since he has started volunteering and that he is morally peaceful. Eyüp states that he wants to continue working with young people because it is motivating and energizing.
About volunteering in Turkiye
In this episode, he discussed what it is like to be a volunteer in Turkiye, whether government officials are helpful in this regard. Eyüp also talked about the perspective of young people in Turkiye on volunteering and his own experience with young people. He states that Turkish nation has the potential to be a country that can be defined as helpful to others in scope of volunteering. In his opinion, we still need time to progress on this issue.
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