Interview with the Ex-Executive Coordinators, Junko and Tahiya

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Istanbul&I TALK Series presents: Hospitality and its Resentment, Understanding Local Responses to Refugees

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Taha Jebbar - Volunteer Spotlight

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Interview with the Ex-Executive Coordinators, Junko and Tahiya

Istanbul&I TALK Series presents: Hospitality and its Resentment, Understanding Local Responses to Refugees

Taha Jebbar - Volunteer Spotlight

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Interview with the Ex-Executive Coordinators, Junko and Tahiya

September 21, 2022

Istanbul&I has been around for quite some time, and throughout our history, we have had many wonderful executive coordinators (ECs) making sure the organization runs as smoothly as possible. About two terms ago, the organization tried something new!

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French Culture Night: Not Only Croissants and Baguettes

September 17, 2022

Croissants and baguettes, foods that immediately conjure the thought of France. But there is far more to the French culture. On a fair-weathered Sunday night, the Istanbul&I French Culture Night was held in the grassy fields of Maçka Park. A large crowd of nearly 50 people was present and ready to learn about what the culture had to offer besides its baked goods.

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Hagar Soultan - Volunteer Spotlight

August 26, 2022

Hagar Sultan is an Egyptian, who came to live in Istanbul six years ago. She graduated from BAU with a medical degree in July 2022. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and that is one of the reasons why she started to volunteer: to socialize more. 

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Istanbul&I TALK Series presents: Hospitality and its Resentment, Understanding Local Responses to Refugees

August 16, 2022

As July drew to a close, the Istanbul&I attendants gathered in the office for another iteration of the TALK series. This one was presented by Emma Walker-Silverman, a Ph.D. candidate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. One by one, the attendees signed up through the QR code placed by the front door to get a front-row seat to these yet unpublished findings, making them one of the first crowds to see it. A total of 13 attendants listened attentively as Emma explained her findings. The presentation was followed by a Q&A / discussion that got the audience more involved. 

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Noor Bhaghani - Volunteer Spotlight

August 9, 2022

Noor is from San Diego, California but currently lives  and studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She initially found out about Istanbul&I through her cousin who lived in Istanbul, and knew she was looking to work in a social inclusion oriented organization.

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Istanbul&I Summer Flea Market - Beating the Heat With Kindness

August 5, 2022

As the summer heats up, so does the giving spirit in the air. Volunteers at the Istanbul&I Summer Flea Market saw this firsthand. An event held over three days (Friday through Sunday), brought out many people from all around the community. The market hosted many items for purchase and was overall a great success. A large portion of the proceeds went to the Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter, a collaborator of Istanbul&I that has also been present at previous events.

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Half-year round-up: Interview with Istanbul&I’s Executive Coordinator, Manohur Chand Poonyth

August 4, 2022

What has been the highlight of the first half of 2022?

November 2022 will be our 5th year as a registered NGO in Turkey. What amazes me at Istanbul&I is the amount of effort that dedicated volunteers put into running the organization!

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Hande Hepşen - Volunteer Spotlight

August 4, 2022

Hande was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in  Journalism and has been working in media production since 2020. She started volunteering at Istanbul&I in 2019 and was a member of the programming committee. She was one of the volunteer superstars of 2020 because of her dedication to volunteering even through the Covid-19 lockdowns.

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