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What we want


The facility was called „Afacan Motel“ when we took it over in 2003. We gave it a makeover but kept the name because it fits with our philosophy – the Turkish word afacan (pronounced afadjan) is a friendly term for a lively, curious, impertinent child, who would rather try something out for herself than obey nicely.

So now the name Afacan stands for a gorgeous place by the sea, where especially young people can come to be active and create – in collaboration and community with the other guests and those who work here. Afacan is a place for coming together, getting to know each other, and doing things together. Afacan is a protected space, a little oasis, where young people can develop freely and learn to take on responsibility.

Unfortunately, it is often the case that children and teenagers of different backgrounds rarely come together outside of school or places of training in their hometowns. Insecurity and ignorance breed prejudice, which moralistic appeals or dry instruction at school can do little to counteract. Personal experiences, however, can. This is why we want to rouse the curiosity of children and teenagers about different lifestyles, encourage them to engage with people of different backgrounds and make them aware of prejudice – thus helping them find a new way of relating to themselves and to others.

Taking trips together can do much to break down prejudice, especially when these trips avoid the standard tourist destinations, overcrowded resorts and shopping hotspots.

Afacan can be the beginning, the end or the main goal of such a trip.