ActivIstanbul Program


ACTIVISTANBUL’s aim is to introduce 5th to 8th grade youth to potential and accessible recreational activities all of which are accessible within İstanbul. By doing so we do encourage our participants to build a sense of community/team membership, develop personal communication skills, support building self confidence through fun, safe and physical activities.


ACTIVISTANBUL is a standalone, full-day program that spans over the course of 10 days. The program combines both on-campus and off-campus activities, from camping under the stars to orienteering challenges and rowing expeditions, ACTIVISTANBUL offers a diverse range of opportunities for exploration and personal growth.

Safety is paramount, and all activities are conducted under the supervision of experienced staff to ensure a secure and supportive environment for all. Through hands-on training and learning the key techniques, participants will not only gain a deeper appreciation for their surroundings but also learn valuable lessons that extend beyond the program.

Summary of Activities

Variety of activities will be offered to our participants during this two week period.

What Awaits You

At the heart of ACTIVISTANBUL is the belief that every participant holds unique talents and abilities waiting to be discovered. Participants will have the chance to uncover their strengths, develop leadership skills, and forge meaningful conversations with their teammates.

Enjoy OutdoorsExplore SportsSocialize
OrienteeringHigh RopesIce Breakers
Waterfall HikeClimbingFarewell Party
Scavenger HuntSwimmingCooking
And more!


Venturing into scenic locations like Yeşilvadi and Hacılı Ağva, participants will be guided by our experienced outdoor enthusiast, Gürhan Kalkan who will teach them the art of setting up camp, building shelters, and navigating the wilderness responsibly. These workshops will offer hands-on learning opportunities, empowering participants with the knowledge and confidence to thrive in outdoor environments.


Our program also going to incorporate activities allowing participants to learn nature navigation techniques and essential camping fundamentals while surrounded by the beauty of nature.


Participants will explore the world of rock climbing and trekking at Ballıkayalar, learning essential rope techniques under guidance. From mastering knot tying to belaying and rappelling, our program will equip our participants with the skills needed for safe and successful climbing.


Our participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the Haliç (Golden Horn) and immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of Istanbul. Additionally, they will have the chance to experience the exhilarating activity of rowing in the waters of the Bosphorus, creating unforgettable memories.

Our Instructor

Gürhan Kalkan began his career with guiding at a California-based travel agency from 2000 to 2006, involving guiding and managing operations, primarily in trekking, rafting, rock climbing, camping, and expedition programs. As a dynamic water search and rescue technician and instructor at American International Rescue 3, he played a role as the operations supervisor  in the company’s training programs. With the establishment of Yöne Team Education and Consultancy in 2018, he designed and implemented teamwork, leadership, team management, personal, and organizational development programs for more than 300 local and international clients. Since 2007, he has managed Alternative Education programs at Robert College, providing consultancy for Adventure Club activities and preparing programs for RCSummer and RC Academy. Furthermore, between 2021 and 2023, as part of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Nature Camp project, his company took on the organization of day-long and one-night camping events for eight weeks each year. Within the project’s scope, approximately 18,400 children were hosted over three years.