Ask me !
Yes ! You can ask them!
And get the answer which will help you!
Did you know that in Istanbul Fatih municipality you will find in all tourist points,and not only, youngsters between 15 and 23 years old wearing blue t-shirts with simple “ASK ME” sign acting as voluntary tourism Ambassadors!
My first encounter was at the airport where I approached a girl with the ASK ME sign on the blue T-shirt and asked where can I find bus station. Got easy strate reply and after less then 3 minutes I was there waiting for bus to go to the city.
ASK ME team members know at least one foreign language, mainly English and including German, Japanese, French, Arabic, Russian and even Korean !
Selected volunteers receive a short term two-stage training about general rules, things to do, responsibilities, team work accompanied by history lessons about Sultan Ahmet part of the city which has the most tourist sites.
History is explained in detail and I was impressed when asked couple of them where can I find the tomb of Mehmed Pasha Sokolu( born Bajica Sokolovic) wife who was the daughter of Sultan Selim II.
I did not mention the name of the lady but ASK ME team knew that it was Ismihan Sultan and that her tomb was behind Ayia Sophia!
As the members say there are so many advantages being an "ASK ME" !
You improve communication skills, you self improve being seriously sincere with foreign tourists, learn to be a member of the team which improves personality and also a knowledge about self.
Furthermore, after completing a project ASK ME members get certificate of service in social responsibility project.
I had another encounter on the bus stop asking Turkay the member of ASK ME team how to top up my public transport card. Not that I did not know, but wanted for the third time to “inspect" ASK ME member.
Well , it was again amazingly serious for the age but with the same confidence and pride and happiness that he provide a help!
For that reason I am publishing the photo of him and myself.
One of the members of ASK ME said that despite all the heat and sun around Ayia Sophia all the volunteers are deeply enjoying their work and even that they are not aware about todays world they are confident that tomorrow’s world will be a bright place filled by all the devoted people!
Let’s apply this example everywhere!
ASK ME !
It is just by asking that you CONNECT and by starting a communication you RESPECT!
ASK ME and you will CONNECT AND RESPECT
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