It is an intercultural engagement program designed by the ICO to help KU international community find at least one activity each week to socialize, learn, and make friends. There are various activity types led by volunteer KU students, aka KU Guides.
It aims to offer the KU community a new experience on a regular basis by bringing together groups of faculty, staff, students, researchers, and families to do activities on and off campus. KU Guides are meant to guide the KU international community members on their transitioning process to their new lives in Türkiye by organizing events, workshops, activities, and local tours.
The activity range is wide. The KU Guides and the ICO have been working together for the Spring ’23 schedule during the Fall ‘22. The schedule is ready and can be found below. Feel free to reach the KU Guide of the event you are interested in. There will be RSVP forms for each activity that you will be asked to sign in order to attend.
Disclaimer: There are some costs that participants should pay themselves. For instance entry tickets, public transportation fees, etc. ICO and the KU Guides do not take any responsibility for the possible costs of the activities. The participant should pay for their own transportation and any amount required for the activities. Activity details, including possible costs, will be mentioned in each event announcement. Please pay attention to details.
The ICO and the KU Guides reserve the right to change the schedule when necessary or required. It is important to note that participants should wait for the specific announcement of the event they want to attend.
|SPRING ’23 KU GUIDES ACTIVITY PROGRAM|
|WEEK||DATE||ACTIVITY NAME||VOLUNTEER LEADER||SUPPORTER VOLUNTEERS||E-MAIL OF THE LEADER|
|1||Sat, March 25,||Historical Peninsula Tour||Ardafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thu, March 30,||Istanbul Cinema Museum for Kubrick||Hamza Özbudak||Defneemail@example.com|
|Sat, April 1,||Paintball||Hamza Khanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sat, April 8,||Board Game Night on Campus||Alperen Göktuğ||Zeynep Doğa / Nehir / Kayrahanemail@example.com|
|Mon, April 17,||
It can be rearranged according to MEB Fall Break Dates
|Tue, April 18,|
|Wed, April 19,|
|Thu, April 20,|
|Fri, April 21,||
|Sat, April 22,|
|Sun, April 23,||NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CHILDRENS’ DAY|
|Mon, April 24,||Visit: Tulip Garden (Emirgan Park) during Istanbul Tulip Fest.||Mehrdadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sat, April 29,||Turkish Future Telling via Turkish Coffee||Zeynep Doğa (S)||Alperen Göktuğ Tahtaemail@example.com|
|Sun, April 30,||Bibliopoles, Antique Stores, Feriköy Flea Market Tour||Bestefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mon, May 1,||LABOR AND SOLIDARITY DAY|
|Sat, May 6,||A Day-Long Camping: Belgrad Forest||Mehrdad||Alperen Göktuğ Tahtaemail@example.com|
|Sun, May 7,||Beyoğlu Tour||Nil||Hamza Khanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fri, May 12,||Visit: Yoros Castle- Anadolu Kavağı||Defne||Hamza Özbudak Alperen Göktuğ Tahta
|Sat, May 13,||Workshop: Ceramic Mug Making||Seyna||Alperen Göktuğ Tahtaemail@example.com|
|Thu, May 18,||Museum Day||Beste|
|Sat, May 20,||ARTWALK @Beyoğlu/Karaköy||Bestefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sun, May 21,||Playing Frisbee on Campus||Günnaz Nehir||Öykü Özyürekemail@example.com|
|Sun, May 28,||A Day-Long Camping: Belgrad Forest||Öykü||Zeynep Doğa Özgülfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mon, May 29,||EXAMS|
KU Guides are volunteer KU students who know the city, activities, and language well. They can come up with creative ideas to make. If you are international but believe in your knowledge and skills, you can apply as well.
A KU Guide should have:
Expectations from a KU Guide:
What Does the Program Offer to Its Guides?
*If it will be ready by your graduation, the university is planning to provide a social transcript. The attendance of those students who are awarded a certificate will be indicated on this platform along with other extra-curricular activities they participated in during their time at KU.
How to Apply and How is the Selection Process?
Those who want to be a KU Guide must apply through the application form.
Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnvE4_oVxZ8ghJu-jMd_6SVv8nVE7nLR_BIDEJ-A7o39qvVA/viewform?usp=sf_link
The deadline to fill out the form is May 12th, 2023, at 11:59 PM.
After this deadline, the ICO staff will evaluate the applications and invite selected students for interviews. The office will then finalize the student selection process.
Create a Trackit through Dean of Students Trackit/ ICO Requests.