Serhan Karatas


Life, the gift, is an endless learning adventure. I am living an adventure of my own as well.
I am just a learning activist who wants to share everything he has. I live to learn and share what I know.

I've seen the people changing their lives, those moments were so unique and intimate. I am eager to be with them and guide their special moments.

Every one can find their own way of learning. Learning never ends. Join me for your own experience...

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Serhan Karatas

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer/consultant in youth work, capacity building and organisational management for civil society organisations/initiatives and international organisations.

Work experience

- Member of Human Rights Educators' Pool of Amnesty International Turkey. (since 2005)
- Member of Trainers' Pool of Turkish National Agency. (since 2006)

(The works of minimum one "full" day are listed below)
* Trainer - "EVS Mid-Term Seminar", 28 March-31 March 2016, Izmir, organised by Turkish National Agency
* Trainer - "EVS Volunteers' Evaluation Seminar", 1-3 February 2016, Ankara, organised by Turkish National Agency
* Trainer - "EVS On Arrival Training Course", 26-30 January 2016, Istanbul, organised by Turkish National Agency
* Trainer - "REAP on gender equality for young activists", 28-29 January 2012, Istanbul, organised by Amnesty International.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” on human rights and gender equality Training Course, 1-2 November 2010, Ankara-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target Group: Young people, NGO activists.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” on human rights and gender equality Training Course, 29-31 October 2010, Mersin-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target Group: Primary and Secondary School teachers of Ministry of National Education.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” on human rights and gender equality Training Course, 8-10 October 2010, Aydın-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target Group: Officers and Religious Officials of TR Religious Affairs Directorate.
* Team Leader & Facilitator - "Choiceless & Voiceless" Seminar, 5-12 July 2009, Berlin-DE, organised by Demokratie & Dialog.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” on human rights and gender equality Training Course, 23-24 May 2009, Izmir-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target group: Trainers working in Prisons, Officials of Training Council of Ministry of Justice
* Trainer - "Training Programme on Migration for Municipality Officials in Istanbul", 16 October 2008, Istanbul-TUR, organised by International Organisation of Migration (IOM).
* Team Leader & Trainer - "You and Me Equal in Gender" Youth Exchange, 20-28 September 2008, Stip-MK, organised by PEL Association.
* Team Leader & Facilitator - "A Dialogue for Change" Youth Exchange, 20-29 August 2008, Chisinau (Kosice)-MD, organised by Youth Generation Association.
* Trainer - "Youth Empowerment for Local Participation” Seminar, 22-28 June 2008, Porto-PT, organised by Porto Federation of Youth Associations(PFYA).
* Facilitator - "Destination Europe" Case Study Trip on Migration and IDPs, 9-15 April 2008, Malta-MT, organised by AEGEE-Europe.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” Training Course, 14-17 December 2007, Adana-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target Group: Experts of Higher Education Council of Ministry of National Education and Secondary School Teachers
* Trainer - "Human Rights in a Changing World" Seminar, 12 December 2007 - Karsiyaka Industrial and Technical High School & Amnesty International- Izmir.
Target Group: High school students
* Facilitator- "Freedom" International Youth Exchange, 2-4 December 2007, Izmir-TUR, organised by Avrasya Community Association.
* Facilitator - "Connecting through Human Rights and Culture" Multilateral Youth Exchange, 19-25 November 2007, Bucharest-RO, organised by AEGEE-Bucuresti & AEGEE-HRWG.
* Facilitator - "Act now! Activate now!(for human rights)" and "Migration" Workshops, 4 November 2007, Eskisehir-TUR, organised by AEGEE-Europe.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” Training Course, 27-29 September 2007, Ankara-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target group: Experts and Officials of Training Council of Ministry of Justice
* Trainer - "We are all human!" training course, 5-10 May 2007, Izmir-TUR, organised by Young Society Initiative.
* Trainer - "Cooper-Youth-Work" Contact Making Seminar, 22-27 April 2007, Gaziantep-TUR, organised by Gaziantep National Education Directorate.
* Trainer - "EVS Mid-Term Evaluation" Seminar, 12-16 February 2007, Bursa-TUR, organised by Turkish National Agency.
* Trainer - "All Rights for All" Training Course, 12-20 October 2006, Izmir-TUR, organised by Young Society Initiative.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” Training Course, 16-19 December 2005, Izmir-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target group: Secondary School teachers that leads "Human Rights and Democracy" lectures.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” Training Course, 18-22 October 2005, Ankara-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
Target group: High/Secondary School teachers that leads "Human Rights and Democracy" lectures.
* Trainer - “Rights Education Action Project (REAP)” Training Course, 26-20 September 2005, Ankara-TUR, organised by Amnesty International.
My Responsibilities:
 Delivering training on human rights education to secondary school teachers
• To develop the educators’ knowledge and competence in key concepts of human rights education with young people
• To introduce and familiarise the participants with First Steps, Popular Education on HRE, and COMPASS materials
• To discuss how to adapt those resources to participants’ realities
• To develop competences on the use of non-formal education methods

* Trainer & Organiser - "YOUTH Program Information Day", 13-14 March 2004, Izmir-TUR, organised by Young Society Initiative.
-Delivering training on YOUTH Programme.

* Speaker and Facilitator in many different youth activities, festivals and workshops.

• Facilitator & Speaker of the WG on Education and Employment, 27-30 November 2006, Cairo-Egypt, The Role Research on Youth Policy and Youth Work Development Seminar, Council of Europe & EC Partnership.

• Member of the Editorial Board, 6-9 November 2005, Berlin – Germany, European Youth in Action for Diversity and Tolerance, IJAB&EU DG Education&Culture.

• Team Leader of Accreditation & Back office Team, 1-12 September 2005, Izmir, Women’s Basketball European Championship.

• Spectators Services Agent, 10-22 August 2004, Athens, Athens OLYMPICS.

09.2015-11.2015, Senior Assistant to Media Analyst, OSCE Limited Election Observation Mission
02.2013-10.2015, Co-founder/Communications Responsible, Men Against Patriarchy (a.k.a The Disturbed Men)
07.2011-09.2011, Projects Coordinator, Association for Social Change
01.12.2010-07.2011, Project Director, Positive Living Association
* Coordination of large-scale project on "Raising awareness of NGOs, GOs and MPs regarding human rights of PLHIV and improving national repsonse to HIV/AIDS"
30.03.2006-ONGOING, Speaker – Young Society Initiative, Responsible for Representing the informal group on various platforms and coordinating the projects
03.03.2005 - ONGOING Campaign Activist, Active Member – Amnesty International Izmir Local Group.
- Izmir group Coordinator (2009)
- Human Rights Education Coordinator (2007-2008)
- Youth Group Coordinator (2005-2006) term.

18.05.2005 – 01.09.2005- Assistant Manager in Accreditation Commission – Organising Committee of UNIVERSIADE 2005, Responsible for the training of 180 volunteers, coordination of the work of Accreditation Centre.

13.02.2005 – 30.04.2005 Project Coordinator – Young Society for Human Rights Association, Responsible for coordinating the training course “Gender and human rights”, running other international YOUTH projects.

18.01.2005- 19.05.2005 Commission Manager Assistant – Organising Committee of UNIVERSIADE 2005, Providing strategy for getting more volunteers & organising activities for volunteer continuity, making the volunteer databases.

1999- 2008 Several tasks on Project management, Speaker & Member of Working Groups, Audit Commission – AEGEE-Europe, currently working as the elected speaker of human rights working group. Projects include “Socrates Action Day”, “Youth & Globalisation”, “European School”, “Aegean Exchange”, “Education!", "Bologna Process”, etc.

1998-2004 Several task on project management, leading positions and representation, audit commission – Industrial Engineering Students’ Society & ESTIEM (European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management). Tasks include “TEMOB 1999” Organising Team, “TEMOB 2003” organisational advisor, “In the name of peace” youth exchanges and etc.

 Youth Voices Group Membership as Knowledge Intern – February 2004-May 2005, World Bank Ankara Office.-Facilitator & Speaker of Education Working Group. We gave a proposal for a (new) youth policy.

 Volunteer Advisory Board Member- May-October 2004, TR Prime Ministry Youth Services Directorate.- We helped the directorate to come up with a new model of activities and follow up the old successful activities.

• “Management Excellency in Non-governmental organisations: Total Quality Management”, Author, 2004, Final Thesis of Bachelor on Industrial Engineering DEU Engineering Faculty.

• “Youth in Turkey”, Editor, 2004, Forum 21 Journal – published Council of Europe.

• “Youth NGOs and AEGEE experience”, Author, 2004, Journal of Civil Society –published by EDAM.

Educational pathway

• Bachelor of Sociology - 2013-ongoing, Anadolu University, TUR
• Master of Business Administration – Organisational Studies, 2006-2009, Izmir-TUR, Yasar University Institute of Social Sciences.
Master Thesis on "Leadership Development and Challenges in Contemporary Organisations".

• Bachelor degree on Industrial Engineering – focus on Organisational Studies, 1997-2004, Izmir-TUR, Dokuz Eylul University Industrial Engineering Department.
Graduation Thesis on “Management Excellency in Non-Governmental Organisations”- Graded as 95/100.

• High School Degree on positive sciences, 1993-1996, Izmir Science High School & Selma Yigitalp High School.

• Secondary School Degree – department English, 1989-1993, Bornova Anatolian High School.

• "How to be a clown" Training Course, 2-22 November 2016, Bernay en Ponthieu-FRA, organised by NomadWays
• "Face It!-Training for Facilitators" Training Course, 17-25 October 2009, Tallinn-EE, organised by Eesti Erinoorsootöö Ühing noOR.
• "Doors More Wide Open" International Training Course, 8-14 June 2009, Bohinj-SLO, organised by Zavod Manipura.
• "Difficult2-working with socially excluded people" Training Course, 4-10 June 2008, Liberec-CZ, organised by LOS.
• "Advanced Training of Trainers- Compass in Human Rights Education E-Programme (ACT-HRE)", July 2006-March 2008. Council of Europe.
• "Sailors on the Citizenship" Training Course, 3-11 February 2008, Srebrna Gora - PL, organised by Unesco Initiatives Centre.
• "Create Creativity" Training Course, 8-16 April 2007, Utrecht – the Netherlands. Stagefever Foundation.
• "Youth in Action Training for TR NA Trainers’ Pool" Training Course, 9-11 March 2007, Ankara – Turkey. Turkish National Agency.
• Euro-Med TC on "Cultural Conflicts Resolution and Project Management", 18-25 February 2007, Nicosia – Cyprus. Anna Lindh Foundation.
• "Difference Meets Tolerance" TC, 22-30 October 2006, Bonn – Germany, IKAB. (1st YOUTHPASS course)
• "Arts in Human Rights Education" TC, 20-28 July 2006, Ermesinde – Portugal. Cultural Association for Youth Work and Training(ACAF).
• "Partnership and Project Development" TCs (SKIP), 05-07 June 2006 & 10–13 July 2006, Manisa – Turkey. TR EU General Secretariat & British Council.
• "Intercultural Learning and Mediation" TC, 28 April-9 May 2006, Magusa – North Cyprus. Council of Europe DLP.
• "Training of Multipliers" TC, 2-9 April 2006, Ankara – Turkey. Turkish National Agency.
• "Training for Trainers in HRE", 5-15 March 2006, EYC Budapest - Hungary. Council of Europe.
• "Advanced Capacity Training for NGO Leaders", 19-24 December 2005, Izmir – Turkey. Civil Society Development Centre (STGM)
• "Conflict Management and Mediation" TC, 9-18 September 2005, Ohrid-Macedonia. Council of Europe DLP
• "Gender and Human Rights" TC, 28 March-03 April 2005, Izmir. Council of Europe DLP & Young Initiative for Human Rights Association
• "Leadership Skills" TC, 08-13 February 2005, EYC Strasbourg - France, Council of Europe DLP.
• "Advanced Training and Evaluation" TC, 17-22 July 2004, Ankara - Turkey. TR Prime Ministry Youth Services Directorate & Turk NA
• "Easy 2 Project EuroMed" TC, 03-13 June 2004, Aguilas - Spain, EuroAccion.
• "50/50 in Youth" TC, 9-16 May 2004, Nevsehir – Turkey, Council of Europe Youth & Sport Directorate. (I realised that public authorities are not to be afraid, they are to work together.)
• "Conflict Management" TC, 12–19 March 2004, EYC Strasbourg – France, Council of Europe DLP. (DLP Programme changed my life completely and put me in a life of ideals. I follow my dreams since then.)

• "Living Library" short study visit, 24-28 May 2007, Helsinki-FI, organised by Alliansi.
• “Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Youth Work” Symposium, 27 March-1 April 2007, Istanbul-TUR, organized by Council of Europe.
• “All Different All UNITED” Conference, 14-20 November 2006, Neuchatel-CH, UNITED for Intercultural Action.
• “Why Not EVS?” Short Study Visit, 7-12 November 2006, Krakow - Poland, STRIM Youth Work Association.
• AI European Youth Meeting, 21-24 September 2006, Zurich – Switzerland, Amnesty International Switzerland Section.
• AI Nordic Youth Meeting, 2-6 August 2006, Stockholm – Sweden, Amnesty International Swedish Section.

and some CMSs.

Other Educational Programmes
• "Thoughts Leaders of the Aegean" Programme- EU and beyond, 19.10-29.12.2005, Izmir, TR-EU Association & EGIAD
• "Entrepreneurship" Training Programme, 17.11.2003-20.02.2004, Izmir, EU Business Development Centre.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (expert) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (beginner) Public Speaking
  • (intermediate) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (expert) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) International Youth Structures
  • (advanced) Private Foundations
  • (intermediate) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (expert) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (intermediate) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (expert) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Other skills

Academic and Practical Knowledge topics such as Globalisation, NGO Management, Change Management, Volunteer Management, Organisational Culture, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Social Change, Gender and Feminism.

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (beginner) French
  • (beginner) German
  • (beginner) Spanish

Other languages

Turkish (Mother Tongue)

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2017-01-29

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