Each semester, volunteers with TDP’s Railway Support Project travel by train to a town or village accessible by rail, where they work with children at a local school. This semester, project volunteers journeyed to the town of Dursunbey in Balıkesir province over the weekend of March 22–24, in order to conduct some special activities for students at Kavacık Elementary and Middle School.
The main goal of the Railway Support Project is to broaden children’s horizons, increase their knowledge and spark their creativity. In Dursunbey, the volunteers organized a wide variety of activities, ranging from arts and crafts such as paper marbling, sand painting and clay modeling to drama and music. In addition, they offered educational sessions where the Kavacık students could learn about career paths, find out how to stay healthy, and watch or participate in scientific experiments.
Meanwhile, other volunteers created a mural and a model of the solar system as well as crafting masks for the children to wear.
All this went on over two entire days, with the Bilkent students taking very little time out for rest. The project culminated in a festival that the volunteers organized for everyone in the area, giving them the opportunity to meet the children’s parents as well. During the festival, children and volunteers danced together in the schoolyard, had cotton candy, played limbo and enjoyed many other fun activities.
Finally, before boarding the train for the trip back to Ankara, the Bilkent students wrote down their experiences in a memory book that they left in Dursunbey for the children as a fond memento of their visit.