In Focus: The Olive Tree of Istanbul

3 hr, 30 min

Tucked away on a tiny side street, in an area not far from the tourist centre of Istanbul, you’ll find a small building called The Olive Tree. Like its namesake, it’s a modest but strong place, much like the people it supports.  It represents a peaceful co-existence of cultures.  Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, and families are struggling to either survive within Syria or to make a new...
Tucked away on a tiny side street, in an area not far from the tourist centre of Istanbul, you’ll find a small building called The Olive Tree. Like its namesake, it’s a modest but strong place, much like the people it supports.  It represents a peaceful co-existence of cultures.  Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, and families are struggling to either survive within Syria or to make a new home in neighbouring countries. Families are being torn apart as they struggle to find acceptance in new lands and travel further afield for opportunities and seeking better lives for their families.  In Turkey, you do not have to go far to hear the melodic tones of Syrian Arabic and to see the very real outcomes of this global crisis.  Join us as we travel to the Capa district of Istanbul and visit Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO helping displaced families, particularly women and children, to find their feet. With a global community of volunteers and supporters, SPI is working to provide supplemental education for children through weekly Turkish language classes and a homework support club, as well as art and other activities that develop community and a new sense of belonging.  Sit down for a simple meal of Syrian cuisine – maybe moujadara (burgal, green lentils and fried onion), maklube (spiced rice, chicken, and nuts), or fetteh (rice, crispy bread, chicken, and tahini) – proudly prepared by the ladies of the centre.  Talk informally with some of the brave individuals who have had to flee their home, and with the eclectic group of volunteers from Turkey, Syria, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and beyond, who give up their time to help.  Afterwards, we’ll journey back to Sultanhamet by local tram. Your tour will finish back at the original meeting point.  All net proceeds of this tour will go to Small Projects Istanbul. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page -  www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts. 
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Highlights
  • Support a local ngo helping syrian refugees to find their feet in a new home
  • Enjoy a delicious syrian meal and talk directly with people who have had to flee syria
  • Meet some of the volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others
  • Visit a corner of istanbul off the beaten tourist track
  • All net proceeds of this tour will go to support small projects istanbul
  • Local impact: how you will help the local community by joining this tour:
  • Your tour is run a partnership with small projects istanbul (spi). all net proceeds from your tour will go to support this local ngo helping displaced families, particularly women and children, to find their feet. with a global community of volunteers and supporters, spi is working to provide supplemental education for children through weekly turkish language classes and a homework support club, as well as art and other activities that develop community and a new sense of belonging.  
Included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Home cooked meal
  • Tea and sweet
  • Local transportation.
Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
Departure Point
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. (The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.)
Additional Info
  • This tour includes a walk through a local neighbourhood for approximately 40 minutes.

    Destination re-opening in April, 2020

Voucher Requirements

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.