Are you passionate about design, technology and education? Do you have a wide range of interests beyond your primary discipline? Do you love the creative energy you accessed through your own design education and want to share this with students? If so, join our team in Istanbul as an Innovative Education Mentor.
ABOUT KARAM HOUSE
Karam House is an innovative workspace for Syrian refugee teens, in Istanbul and Reyhanli, Turkey, which defy traditional approaches to refugee education. At Karam Houses, hundreds of Syrian refugee teens learn through access to technology (maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship, and a sophisticated design-based curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build their ideas and their community.
We think about refugees and humanitarian aid differently and so we do things differently. We believe in investing deeply in communities affected by conflict.
The ideal Karam House Mentor:
A Karam House mentor spends most of their time either teaching studios or developing new studios for upcoming sessions. In addition to teaching, you will be expected to conduct research and establish community relationships that inspire topics and themes for upcoming studios. There will be plenty of learning opportunities, from technical training to ongoing curriculum and teaching support, in addition to individually driven learning. You will join a unique, highly skilled cohort of mentors who teach studios at both Karam House locations and virtually, working closely with them in this highly collaborative work environment.
Flourishes in collaborative environments and thinks critically and creatively
Is an enthusiastic and innovative maker of things
Has an undergraduate or graduate degree in a studio-based design field such as architecture, computational design, industrial design, or equivalent experience and comfort with fabrication
Is familiar with Arduino, electronics and mechanical design
Preferably speaks English, Arabic, and/or Turkish
The hands-on curriculum is grounded in fundamental design skills and explores an extensive range of topics and disciplines. Within our model, students take projects from idea to finished prototype through an iterative process of research, diagramming, prototyping, critical feedback, and input from experts. Mentors always have opportunities to expand their own knowledge and creativity through collaboration with students and staff on projects that result in real products.
Hiring location: Istanbul, Turkey
Education: Candidates must have graduated from a Turkish university
Residency: Candidates must have Turkish Citizenship, Turkish Residence Permit OR an Istanbul issued Temporary Protection ID.
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Saturday through WednesdayCompensation: Based on the candidate's level of experience, qualifications, and the organization's salary scale in Turkish Lira.