Turkish students volunteer in Serbia
Ten students from Turkey volunteered in projects in Serbia as part of a special program of the Turkish state aid agency.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s (TİKA) Experience-Sharing Program aims to instill in Turkish students a sense of volunteerism with various projects across the world, the agency said.
For a week the volunteering team carried out a number of cultural and charitable projects and activities in Serbia.
“The young people helped organize a wonderful, effective, high-energy program,” Cağla Gültekin Tosbat, TİKA’s Belgrade program coordinator, told state-run Anadolu Agency.
The volunteer students helped clean and clear an Ottoman cemetery in Novi Pazar, a majority-Muslim city in southern Serbia.
hey also visited the Valide Sultan Mosque, which was renovated by TİKA, in the city of Sjenica, in western Serbia.
In 1870, Valide Sultan — the only remaining imperial mosque in Serbia — was built by Pertevniyal Sultan, the mother of the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz, who reigned from 1861 to 1876.
On the last day of the program, the group visited the 15th-century Ottoman Ram Castle renovated by TIKA in the town of Veliko Gradiste in eastern Serbia.
For its 2018 Experience-Sharing Program, TİKA will send some 500 Turkish students from 117 universities to 30 countries between July 29 and Sept. 8. The students will take part in nearly 100 projects and activities in their host countries.
The program covers far-flung countries such as Niger, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Djibouti, Chad, Morocco, Ghana, Georgia, Cameroon, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mozambique, Namibia, Uzbekistan, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Jordan, Moldova, and South Africa.