Volunteer in Italy

Improving the biodiversity in Lambro Park through fauna monitoring and conservation
Merone, Lombardy       October 3 - October 17, 2016

Volunteer project: The main aim of the project is to increase the biodiversity in Lambro Park through ecological connections and species monitoring. The park is realising ecological connection between different natural environments of the park, in order to improve the biodiversity of the area. During the project, the Second International Congress on Land Stewardship will take place, with the participation of international partners.

The volunteers will work in direct collaboration with the technical staff of the park. The work will be divided in two parts: one focused on fauna projects: bird ringing and monitoring, native species conservation; the second part is about forest improvement and creation of ecological corridors.
Volunteers will also help in the organization of the International Congress on Land Stewardship (welcoming participants, logistical organization, etc.)

Study part: Volunteers will participate in workshops and trainings on environment and sustainability. Main subject of the program will be the conservation of forests, soil and biodiversity. The group will participate in a workshop on land stewardship at the international congress.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required. Volunteers have to be interested in ecology and natural science.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a hostel.

Location: Merone, province of Como, Lombardia region
The Park's territory extends over a 25 km-long stretch along the river Lambro, between Pusiano and Alserio lakes in the north and Parco della Villa Reale di Monza in the south. It includes the hilly stretch of the river Lambro and has different features along its route. The area of the lakes is the most interesting from a naturalistic point of view, since it includes lake environments which are already safeguarded in part by Riserva naturale orientata della Riva Orientale del Lago di Alserio.

Terminal: Milan’s airports, Merone train station

Age range: 18 and over

Restoration of tornado-damaged areas and historic villas in Riviera del Brenta
Riviera del Brenta, Veneto       November 12 - November 25, 2016

Volunteer project: In July 2015, a tornado hit Riviera del Brenta area, damaging and destroying buildings, trees, equipment. Restoration of public and private green areas was launched (parks of Venetian Villas on the Brenta Riviera). The volunteers will participate in the arrangement and refurbishment of damaged green areas and tree planting (November 21st is the National Day of the Tree). Volunteers will also participate in a photo workshop that will give rise to a photo exhibition.

The volunteers’ concrete activities will be collection of waste, elimination of weeds and shrubs, planting of trees downed by the tornado, restoration of green areas and historic Villas. They will also help a local group in spreading information materials to sensitize citizens about the environment and climate change. Volunteers will be involved in work activities for about 25-30 hours per week.

Study part: Volunteers will have a photography workshop during their visits in the surrounding areas and to the historic Villas. They will also organize a photo exhibition at the end.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be prepared for manual labor outdoors regardless of the weather.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in the headquarters of a local association in Fiesso d'Artico, equipped with kitchen, bathrooms and showers.

Location: The Riviera del Brenta is located between Venice and Padova, two cities renowned for their artistic beauty and their history. Numerous Venetian Villas lie along the Brenta Canal and with their parks and gardens make up a beautiful and picturesque landscape. During the project, the volunteers will visit Venice or Padua and the famous Villa Reale of Stra.

Terminal: Venice Marco Polo Airport

Age range: 18 and over