Afacan entdecken
What can happen here

Relaxation and evaluation after a cross-cultural trip to Turkey:

This is usually the concluding part of the program for school or youth groups from Germany sponsored by the Er-Fahren working group. Such groups all include participants whose families are originally from Turkey. [For detailed information on the working group’s requirements visit] In the past these groups spent the final days of their trip in more touristy hotels; since 2004 they go to Afacan to relax and reflect on their experiences. We would be very happy to welcome groups like this from other countries where Turkish immigrants live to Afacan.

Groups from Germany (or other countries) meeting up with groups from Turkey:

These could be school groups, groups of young people training to enter the same profession, students or working people. The groups would come together in Afacan either before or after visiting their partner group in Turkey. Afacan is a “neutral” space with lots of freedom – which in and of itself does not guarantee successful encounters between people, however. Meetings between groups must be well prepared in advance, activities planned together – the preparation is itself part of the cross-cultural experience. [Click on Preparation for more information.]

Cross-cultural encounters through programs sponsored by the EU:

Participants from a variety of European countries come together in Afacan for a gathering organized by Gençtur Istanbul or another organization.

Summer camps for children and teenagers:

Every year Gençtur Istanbul hosts summer camps for children and teenagers from Turkey. It would also be possible to put on summer camps for children with Turkish backgrounds who live outside of Turkey but whose parents spend their summers here.

Work camps:

Craftspeople and artists work in and for Afacan.


A number of seminars on a variety of topics with a diverse range of participants have been held at Afacan. Here are a few examples:

In our “autumn talks,” Berliners from immigrant and non-immigrant families meet with teachers from the area around Afacan to uncover their own prejudices and reflect on them together.

The seminar “Diversity in European Classrooms” for teachers at European schools is now held in Afacan once a year.

“Neighborhood mothers” and literacy promoters have worked together in Afacan.

Young and old have come together to talk about identity and roots in the In Vielfalt leben program (Living in Diversity).

People from eastern Turkey have met in Afacan to discuss environmental problems.

Easter Seminar 2014: An intercultural encounter for multipliers.

Reports on individual projects can be found in the Archive.

You can find photos of the different groups and their activites in our gallery.