London Youth Exchange, 22nd Sept-30th Sept 2015

  Asfar’s hosting a youth exchange of young people from Amman, Jordan from 22nd September to 30th September 2015 in London. Email if you would like to get involved! This is the second half of the Erasmus+ Dyanmo Youth Exchange. Asfar’s young people visited Amman, Jordan in May 2015, where everyone had a fantastic … Continued

Asfar e-Journal now online!

  Asfar’s August edition of our e-Journal is now online! Read here.   This edition, edited by our new Senior Editor and Durham Stipend recipient Joel Butler, focuses primarily on Identity and includes a variety of articles and photographic submissions including: an article by a Syrian Refugee and his struggles in adapting to life in … Continued

Asfar is currently seeking 2 Volunteers

Development Volunteer & Project Volunteer Up to 16 hours per week   Asfar is currently going through a period of change, and needs the help of 2 enthusiastic Volunteers to support this change.   Development Volunteer Support with the development of our organisation and participate in strategic foresight and future activities (Horizon and PESTLE). Design … Continued

Editor’s note – April 2013

Asfar’s second e-Journal brings together eighteen unique submissions, by a diverse group of new Writers and Photographers. Since our first e-Journal in December 2012, Asfar has developed rapidly as a voluntary organisation, growing from a team of just 6 volunteer Editors to 17 Editors all charged with an individual country. Thanks to the dedication of … Continued

Erasmus+ Dynamo – Jordan

Asfar and a group of our young people returned from Amman, Jordan this week, following a successful Erasmus+ Youth Exchange, where UK young people met, engaged and developed with fellow Jordanian Young People, learning about the UK and the Middle East’s historty, culture, languages, communities, while also develop a range of creative, digital and employability-focused … Continued

Seeking new Writers & Photographers for our e-Journal

Interested in writing about the Middle East? Seeking a platform to publish your photographs? Asfar is currently seeking aspiring Writers, Photographers and Thinkers specializing in the Middle East. If you would like to learn about how to get your work published contact Asfar e-Journal Senior Editor: Joel Butler at or one of our other … Continued

2015/2016 Erasmus+ programmes launched

Asfar has launched new Erasmus+ programmes for 2015/2016, providing more cultural experiences in the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans for young people than ever before. To learn how you can get involved as a participant or as a volunteer, contact Youth Exchanges locations include: Turkey Israel Azerbaijan Georgia Serbia Former Yugoslav Republic … Continued

First Durham Graduate awarded grant from Asfar

A Durham Graduate has been awarded a grant from Asfar’s Stipend Scheme 2015 Joel Butler, a History Graduate from Durham University, is the first young person to benefit from Asfar’s Stipend scheme. The Stipend scheme, subsidized by Asfar’s social enterprise model, aims not only to provide beneficiaries with financial support, but to also develop their … Continued

Erasmus+ Inspire Europe, Istanbul 2015

  Asfar’s Erasmus+ team has just returned from Istanbul following a successful Youth Exchange. The Erasmus+ Inspire Europe brought together over 20 young people from the UK and Turkey to develop new skills, learn about their Citizenship and the EU, while gaining the opportunity to understand a different culture. Young people practiced their English and … Continued

Ani, the lost capital of the Armenians and the road to Tbilisi

Journey on the Eastern Express I boarded the train at Haydarpaşa station and was directed to my carriage, my home for the next 2 days. Its archaic style, a 1960s Pullman carriage, amused me instantly. With the seating area to the left, which pulled down into beds, a large table incorporating fridge and a sink … Continued

Erasmus+ Inspire Europe, March 2015

March 2015, saw the first Asfar Erasmus+ Youth Exchange, Inspire Europe, occur in Istanbul, following over 6 months preparation to bring young people aged 18 to 30, together in a unique cultural and learning experience. 20 young people from the UK and Turkey, were able to meet, engage, learn about each other’s’ cultures, develop new … Continued

Editor’s Note – December 2012

Asfar was established for two key reasons. First, to promote interest in the Middle East in a full range of subjects, beyond politics and international relations. Second, to encourage aspiring writers; photographers; thinkers; editors; and others to develop their skills and promote their talents on an accessible platform – an online journal. The e-Journal is … Continued

Asfar Social – Friday 24th April 2015

Asfar’s next social in on Friday 24th April 2015. We plan to attend a V & A Friday Late. To learn more about V & A Lates check out their website – If you would like to meet up with us, email We look forward to seeing you there.

Asfar Social, 6th March, Souk Medina

Asfar is holding a social on 6th March 2015 at Souk Medina from 6pm onwards. For further information and to confirm your attendance contact Sheniz at Hope to see you there!

Erasmus+ briefing meeting – Friday, 27th February, London

Asfar is holding an Erasmus+ briefing at the Shakespeare Busines Centre, Brixton for those interested in participating in our Jordan Youth Exchange taking place in May 2015. To learn more about Erasmus+ and on how to sign up, please email to confirm your place at the briefing.

All writers' views in articles are their own and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Asfar team.

Published by Asfar in London, UK - ISSN 2055-7957 (Online)