Şirince 15.08.- 05.09.2009



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Info Sheet and Curriculum "Turkey Campus 2009"

1-         Campus Objective:

Evaluation of Eco Tourism Potentials in the village of Şirince ( PACA Region of Izmir)  

2-         Responsible Organisation for the PACA Region/ France:

Organisation:                           APARE/ CME/ GEC (www.apare-gec.org)

3-         Responsible Local Organisation:

Organisation:                            Gökova- Akyaka'yı Sevenler Derneği (G.A.S.- Der)

"Friends of Gökova-Akyaka" (www.akyaka.org/dernek)

4-         Campus Details:

Place:                                      Village of Şirince, District of Selcuk, Province of Izmir

Date:                                       15.08.- 05.09.2009

Number of Participants:           10 (6 international, 4 national students)

Coordinator/ Lecturer:             Bahar Suseven (www.baharsuseven.com)

5-         Local Context:

Şirince is a small town that started a form of eco tourism some years ago. The inhabitants developed skills like wine making and other handicrafts into micro tourism businesses. Parallel they began to restore and renovate the old houses of the town as pensions and small hotels, but carefully protected the local style.  We assume that the original efforts are ongoing, but do not know as yet about the results.  

The nearby city of Selcuk is a well known tourism destination, because of its important antique sites like Ephesus, St.Jean and St.Mary. We want to find what kind of influence this tourism has on the village and what possibilities it offers.

6-         Participant Profile:

The coordinator preferred a group of maximum 12 persons. In the end due to some last minute cancellations the group consisted of 10 persons, 6 international and 4 Turkish participants. All participants had to be able to speak and write English fluently. If possible participants were supposed to bring their own technical equipment such as digital cameras, laptops etc. (which they all did). Their interest should be mainly on eco tourism; a further education and/or interest in history, architecture, sociology, biodiversity, photography, wine making, cooking etc has been of advantage. In general age and sex were irrelevant, but to make the group as homogenous as possible we did give an ageline between 20-35, but were flexible on this subject. All participants had to be aware that they were visiting a small town in a conservative country and had to choose their wardrobe accordingly.

7-         Objectives and Activities :

The campus offered a possibility to evaluate the local, and for the region, quite unusual approach towards eco tourism in intermediary workshops. According to the outcomes of these workshops, the students had to come up with proposals and/ or some methods concerning eco tourism in the vicinity.  

The tangible objective was the creation and design of a “Şirince Eco Tourism Handbook” for use by the local administration and the tourism stakeholders. The results is be also available on CD and can of course be downloaded on this website.

To achieve these objectives we did not only want to "drily" teach about the subject, our aim was to enhance our students capacity, to sharpen their skills and lead them to work on their own initiative, to pick up necessary skills and leave the group in the end with the ability to research, analyse and transfer the acquired knowledge into comprehendable and attractive visual material.

The campus tried to achieve its results in a very wholesome way. The different aspects of the syllabus in combination with the relative freedom of going about their tasks on their own and in their own pace; the peaceful and learning orientated environment of the Mathematic's Village together with the village of Şirince and its friendly people; the possibility to discover and research in a group and yet be able to contribute individual skills to the work must have been very gratifying. 

7.1-      Sub Objective 1:

Assessment of eco tourism status quo and possibilities in the village of Şirince

*Setting up the targets and the frame of the campus and the weekly work periods

*Interviewing stakeholders

*Photographing and recording visible eco tourism efforts in the village

*Visiting tourism related small enterprises

*Gathering knowledge about traditions, culture and putting the results into the framework of eco tourism

*Analysing and evaluating the results 

7.2-      Sub Objective 2:

Assessment of eco tourism possibilities in the vicinity of  the village of Şirince and learning to transform knowledge into visual material  

*Setting up the targets and the frame of the next work period

*Interviewing stakeholders

*Photographing and recording visible eco tourism efforts in the vicinity of the village (Selcuk)

*Visiting tourism related sites and putting the results into the framework of eco tourism

*Analysing and evaluating the results

*Presenting the results, holding a critical discussion and evaluating the results in a workshop

*Learning about graphic design and enhancing the capacities to transform the results into visual material (handbook, CD, website) 

7.3-      Sub Objective 3:

Development of visual material about the potentials for eco tourism in Şirince and its vicinity 

*Working in groups to develop sections of the handbook

*Discussing results

*Assembling the handbook for publishing

*Presenting the prototype to the graphic designer to finalise the result

*Farewell and Thank You Party with local stakeholders, Presentation of Handbook Prototype 

8-         Work Periods:  

For a multitude of reasons the coordinator would have preferred to hold the campus at a time not touched by local holidays (15th June- 15th September). Since this was not possible, because participants did have to use their own holidays to come to Turkey, in coordination with M.Guary the date was set between the 15th August and the 5th September. To reach optimum outputs a period of three full weeks (21 days) was sufficient. The activities were developed as a coherent string of activities, one week building upon the results of the last week. Each weekly workperiod started with a debriefing session and an assessment workshop facilitated by the coordinator. The work sessions and their contents have been as follows:








9-       Structure of Human Resources during the Campus:

Campus General Coordination and Lectures (Bahar Suseven)

Additional Lectures (Thomas Schmitz)

Local Supervision, Lodging and Board (Prof.Dr. Ali Nesin, Asli Can Korkmaz)

Activities (Mobility, Logistics, Guiding) in the vicinity of Şirince/ Selcuk (Öznur Calikusu, Yusuf Yavas)

Logistic Aspects of the campus (Lodging, Food, Transport):  

All participants did have full board and lodging in the Mathematics Village. This accommodation has possibilities to work together and/or hold meetings, an auditorium, class rooms, a dining room etc. It is the most ideal location for a campus one can imagine. Transport was needed for the weekly outings, which were scheduled to explore local culture, tourism, traditions etc; the results will be integrated into the curriculum. The transport and logistics of these outings were supported and sponsored by the Culture Department of the City of Selcuk.   

10-       Contact Details for Turkey: 

Gökova- Akyaka'yı Sevenler Derneği,  Akyaka/ Muğla -   Bahar Suseven

URL:               www.baharsuseven.com