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Restoration of the coastal dunes of Sardinia after the flood
Posada, Sardinia          April 17 - April 22, 2014

Volunteer project: On November 18th, 2013, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia was hit by the Cyclone Cleopatra and a torrential rainstorm. Rivers burst their banks and the massive flooding caused huge damage.

The volunteer project will take place in Posada, a little town located in a natural oasis of outstanding ecological value. Ornithological species live in its ponds and in the river. The intervention area is characterized by a large coastal humid zone (wetland) and the river Posada. After the flood, measures taken to improve the ecosystem of the dunes and to facilitate the recovery of the dunes, have been damaged. In particular, access through wooden walkways to avoid stepping on the dunes and fences that separated the beach from the wetland and screened windbreaks were all damaged or destroyed during the flood.

The international volunteers will help in the environmental clean-up of Posada's littoral zone and reconstruction of fences, damaged by the flood.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in two apartments.

Location: Posada is a city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian region Sardinia.

Terminal: Olbia Airport

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental project in the botanical reserve in Monte Barro
Monte Barro, Lombardia          May 25 - June 7, 2014

Volunteer project: Monte Barro is a really interesting small mountain, located in a hilly area between Milan and Lecco. In such a small area (665 ha), volunteers will find a high variety of landscapes and biodiversity, matching with history and culture. From their accommodation on the top of the mountain, volunteers will have the chance to admire the beautiful landscape offered by the pre-Alps chain and Como Lake. The volunteers will also have the possibility to visit the archaeological site, the bird-watching point and the ethnographic museum located inside the Monte Barro Park, while having relaxing walks. International volunteer groups have worked for years in the Park, helping in the conservation and enhancement of the biodiversity.

The volunteers will be manually removing weeds on the top of the mountain to encourage the breeding of rare flowers, which make the Park an extraordinary natural botanical garden.

Special remarks: Ability and predisposition to walk and work on mountain paths is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a hostel provided with beds, showers, and a well-equipped kitchen.

Location: Galbiate, Lecco district, Lombardia region, North of Italy - Monte Barro Regional Park

Terminal: Milan International Airports or Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport; Lecco railway station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Preservation of the Serraglio park forest
Toscolano Maderno, Lombardia          June 2 - June 15, 2014

Volunteer project: Parco del Serraglio is a natural area, located one hundred meters from the Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. In the past all the property belonged to the Gonzaga noble family; now it is a public natural paradise with big trees, two minutes away from the village. The project is about maintenance of the woods, planting of small fruit trees and discovery of ancient tracks. The project is also a cultural exchange with the local people who support the voluntary workcamp.

The volunteers will remove weeds and help in different works in the woods. There will be some technical leaders to teach the right way to work in the woods.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a guest house. Most of the food will come from local producers.

Location: Parco del Serraglio is in the municipality of Toscolano Maderno, Brescia district, Lombardia region, North of Italy

Terminal: Milan International airports or Bergamo Orio al Serio airport

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental protection and conservation in Orobie mountain
Ardesio, Lombardia          June 15 - June 29, 2014

Volunteer project: Orobie Bergamasche Park is a mountain forest park and with an area of 70,000 hectares it represents the largest wild natural area among the Lombard regional parks. It includes the southern side of Orobie Alps mountains, over 3,000 meters high, where eagles and ibexes live, and the views are breathtaking. The area of the Park includes 44 municipalities. The project aims to contribute to the land conservation and maintenance of the biodiversity in the Park.

Volunteers will work along the banks of Serio river, cleaning the river banks and eradicating invasive plants, in collaboration with the Park staff, in order to safeguard the area. 

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a guesthouse in the mountain.

Location: Ardesio, Bergamo district, Lombardia region, North of Italy.

Terminal: Orio al Serio (Bergamo) International Airport / Bergamo Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Renovating the historic trails of Pollone
Pollone, Piemonte          June 21 - July 5, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Pollone, a small village hosting the Special Nature Reserve of Burcina Park. In this landscape, it’s possible to walk in mountain paths, see farms, churches, beautiful villas that adorn the road from Pollone to the next village Sordevolo. A characteristic element is the agriculture with the breeding cow “Pezzata rossa d’Oropa”.

The volunteers will be involved in cleaning and maintenance of the historic paths in cooperation with local volunteers who work for the environmental safeguard and the development of the area.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the building of the public school in Pollone, in mixed rooms.

Location: Pollone is a small village in the Elvo Valley, one of the 5 valleys that compose the district of Biella, in Piedmont region.

Terminal: Milan or Torino International airports; Biella train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental activities in the Natural Protected Area of Monteferrato
Montemurlo, Toscana          June 26 - July 10, 2014

Volunteer project: Montemurlo, close to the cities of Prato and Florence, is part of the Natural Protected Area of Monteferrato. The volunteer project in Montemurlo turns its second edition after the successful achievements during summer 2013. Protection of natural areas which surround the urban center, involvement in public life and enhancing various community sites are the aims of the workcamp. The volunteers in the project will work in cooperation with municipal staff to improve the touristic, historical and naturalist routes of the protected areas.

The work will consist in the recovery of countryside and mountain pathways (cutting grass, cleaning the ground, displacement of wood pieces, restoration of information signs). The collection of floral species may be a task for the volunteers as well.

Special remarks: Summer in Tuscany can be quite hot. We will be starting work at 7.30 am to avoid high temperatures.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the local public school.

Location: Montemurlo (18.000 inhabitants) is a village situated 20 km from Florence’s centre, in the province of Prato, Toscana region. The Monteferrato hills around Montemurlo are the source of the precious green marble (serpentine) that was used to build parts of the Cathedral of Florence.

Terminal: Closest airports are: Pisa, Florence, Bologna. Closest train stations are: Prato centrale, Firenze centrale, Pistoia Centrale and Montale/Agliana local station.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

          "One month after our volunteer project in San Benedetto Po, Italy, my wife and I are still thinking/feeling the same as during and immediately after the project. It was a great project and a wonderful experience. The other volunteers and the people organizing the project were kind, and friendly and helpful. The work was sometimes challenging so we slept well at night and we got a lot of satisfaction from meeting new people from different countries and hopefully we did our little share to help "make a difference".
We got to see part of the real Italy, not just the touristy part where all you really meet is other tourist. Anyway, it was a great experience and we will cherish many memories from our experience and someday possible meet again some of our new friends.
We hope to do another project in the next year or two. Thank you."

Jerome B.,
Cadip volunteer 2009 and 2011
and Nicole C.,
Cadip volunteer 2011

 

Environmental cleanup and fauna monitoring at Pusiano Lake
Pusiano, Lombardia          June 29 - July 12, 2014

Volunteer project: The Lambro Valley looks like a long green tunnel that connects Milan to the Pre-Alps. This area is very important as it represents a natural defense against soil exploitation. The park, located in the green area of Brianza, is also very rich of historic treasures like ancient villas and churches.

The volunteers will be involved in cleaning the beaches of Lake Pusiano. They will also help the park staff in monitoring and capturing the invasive Louisiana Shrimp, as well as bird ringing activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a guest house.

Location: Lambro Valley Park in Pusiano, Como district, Lombardia region

Terminal: Milano Malpensa or Milano Linate or Orio al Serio Airport; Milano Cadorna Railway Station (Ferrovie Nord)

Age range: 18 and over 

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration of an ancient cave village in the archeological park Cava Ispica
Cava D’Ispica, Sicilia          June 29 - July 13, 2014

Volunteer project: Cava Ispica can be considered as one of the most enchanting naturalistic areas of the whole region and it is also an important historical site that dates back to prehistoric times. Moreover, the historical centre of Modica is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The project mainly aims to recover the Cava Ispica archeological and nature area, particularly Pernamazzoni area in the municipality of Modica. The cave is a perfect place to enjoy the archeological sites (catacombs, Byzantine churches, Paleolithic tombs, cave settlement) along the whole cave. Detailed information will be placed along the whole area to describe the archeological monuments (about 30) and give directions for every trail (about 3). One of the main activities will be the cleaning and recovering of the cave village of Pernamazzoni, by the recovering of old frames and the construction of small fences and stairs. The cleaning of the trails will be useful to prevent fire; the trails are also a protection for the vegetation and the special biodiversity of the cave.

The project activities will take place in the "Archaeological Park Cava Ispica": cleaning the paths from weeds, restoration of the trails that are not currently accessible and organization of cultural events.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a hut in the archeological park.

Location: Cava d'Ispica is a 13 km natural canyon, between the towns of Modica and Ispica, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean vegetation of South East Sicily. This area is a very important naturalistic site and represents an important historic site from prehistoric time to the middle ages. The Historical centre of Modica and the Val di Noto Valley are part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.

Terminal: Airport of Catania “Fontanarossa International”; Siracusa Railway station

Age range: 18 and over 

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration and promotion of the architectural heritage of Novara
Novara, Piemonte          June 30 - July 12, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will take place in Casa Bossi, a historical neoclassical building in the downtown of Novara, in Piemonte region. Casa Bossi is one of the most important and beautiful buildings of Novara, a fine work of the architect Alessandro Antonelli. The building has been left close to collapse for years, but in the last five years a group of volunteers started a campaign to save the building. They restored the vital structures of the house and started preservation works for contrasting the decay of the internal rooms. They also started organizing many cultural events to promote the building and make the community aware of this architectural heritage. International volunteers will take part in this preservation and promotion activity also by improving the structure itself.

The volunteers will be involved in cleaning activities, in the restoration of some important elements of the structure (windows and shutters), in the tidying and cleaning of the front garden. They will also help organising events that will take place in the evenings, and organising the final event in order to promote the project among citizens.

Special remarks: During the activities in Casa Bossi, volunteers could be exposed to dust and molds, which could be a problem for eventual allergies.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the gym of a secondary school in Novara.

Location: Novara is a city on the edge of the Ticino Park, a few kilometres from Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Symbol of the city is the dome of Saint Gaudenzio’s Basilica, 121 metres tall.

Terminal: Milano Malpensa airport, Orio al Serio (BG) airport; Novara railway station (Trenitalia and Ferrovie Nord)

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental and historic preservation of the area of Lavino Hot Springs
Scafa, Abruzzo          July 1 - July 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The Regional Park of Lavino Hot Springs has a huge archaeological, historical and environmental importance thanks to its peculiar hot springs, the old mineral caves, the canals and an old water mill.
The volunteers’ tasks include the restoration and conservation of the area of Sulphurous Sources of the Lavino River and the Mill of the 1600. The main actions will be: the restoration of the Mill and of some paths that are among the most used by tourists.

Volunteers will be involved in cleaning paths, maintaining the equipped areas, cleaning the area adjacent to the 17th-century flour mill, fed by the Sulphurous Sources of the Lavino river, and contributing to the organisation of local events.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a guesthouse near the Park.

Location: Scafa, a lovely small village in Abruzzo, near Pescara, in Central Italy, about 170 km from Rome. The volunteers will work in the Sulphurous Sources Park of Lavino.

Terminal: Roma International airports; Chieti train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Maintenance of green areas and pasture lands in Bitto valley
Gerola Alta, Lombardia          July 6 - July 19, 2014

Volunteer project: Gerola Alta, located at 1050 m above sea level, is one of the towns that lie within The Valtellina Orobie Mountain Park. The Orobie Alps is the first alpine chain you meet, as you come north along the Great Plain of Lombardia region. The Park covers the northern side of the chain and it is characterized by deep and almost parallel valleys that drop steeply towards the plain valley crossed by Adda river. We have been collaborating for years with the Park and local municipalities to enhance the value of these important valleys with their historical richness, culinary traditions and biodiversity. The valley where the project will take place is well known because of its landscape with beautiful alpine lakes, but also because of the important production of a typical cheese called Bitto.

The international volunteers will be involved in the maintenance of paths, woods and pastures.

Special remarks: Predisposition to live, walk and work in the mountains is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an apartment.

Location: Gerola Alta, in the middle of Bitto Valley of Albaredo - Orobie Valtellinesi Park, Sondrio district, Lombardia region, Northern Italy.

Terminal: Milan International Airports or Orio al Serio Bergamo International Airport; Morbegno Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

Conservation and maintenance of the biodiversity in Orobie Bergamasche mountain park
Oltressenda, Lombardia          July 6 - July 20, 2014

Volunteer project: The park of Orobie Bergamasche is a mountain forest park with an area of 70,000 hectares. It represents the largest wild area among the Lombard regional parks and consists of imposing mountains that stand up at over 3,000 meters above sea level. The park is the realm of eagles, ibex and breathtaking views. Local volunteer groups have been engaged for years in the land conservation and maintenance of biodiversity, working with the technicians of the park.

The volunteer project will focus on manual works to improve grazing areas in the mountains, especially stone clearance and eradication of plant species harmful to the pasture.

Special remarks: Volunteers will live in the mountains, not so close to town. Good physical condition, a passion for the mountains and trekking are required.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse in the mountain.

Location: Oltressenda, Bergamo district, Lombardia region, North of Italy

Terminal: International Airport of Orio al Serio; Bergamo Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Preservation and maintenance of the historical defense system Linea Cadorna
Bizzarone, Lombardia          July 12 - July 27, 2014

Volunteer project: The Valle della Lanza Park is located in the lake area between the provinces of Como and Varese. It includes the Lanza River till its end into the Olona River. The valley is covered with several kinds of vegetation and has a rich fauna. The park was created in order to safeguard the valley from the expansion of the urban areas and to improve sustainable tourism. The network of paths of the Park represents an important “greenway” that connects Milano’s hinterland with Switzerland.

The volunteers will be in charge of cleaning and maintenance of paths and of the historical defense system known as “Linea Cadorna” at the border with Switzerland,  built between 1899 and 1918. Work is in collaboration with local groups of volunteers.

Special remarks: Volunteers may use bicycles.

Language: English

Accommodation: Tents with camp-beds and a house with a big common room and a kitchen.

Location: Bizzarone (a little village near the border with Switzerland), Como district, Lombardia region, North of Italy

Terminal: Milano Malpensa Airport; Malnate railway station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Trail maintenance and cleaning of mountain areas in the Orobie Alps
Alpe Dosso, Lombardia          July 13 - July 26, 2014

Volunteer project: The Valtellina Orobie Valtellinesi Mountain Park covers the northern side of the Orobie Alps chain and it is characterized by deep and almost parallel valleys that drop steeply towards the plain valley crossed by Adda river. We have been collaborating for years with the Park and local municipalities to enhance the value of these important valleys with their historical richness, culinary traditions and biodiversity.
Alpe Dosso (1500 m above sea level) is a mountain pasture, located in the wildest of these valleys, Val Lesina. Due to its harshness, the Valley has never been urbanized, so that it has been almost entirely preserved in its original natural environment rich in vegetation and animals.

Volunteers will be involved in the cleaning and maintenance of paths, woods and pastures.

Special remarks: Predisposition to live, walk and work in the mountains is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a restored alpine hut, provided with beds and equipped kitchen.

Location: Alpe Dosso, 1.500 m above sea level in Lesina Valley, in the Orobie Valtellinesi Park, Sondrio district, Lombardia region, North of Italy.

Terminal: Milan International Airports or Orio al Serio Bergamo International Airport; Morbegno railway station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration of protected areas and trail improvement in Tuscany
Carmignano, Toscana          July 14 - July 28, 2014

Volunteer project: Poggio alla Malva is a small village in Tuscany, situated in a wonderful area near Carmignano of high archaeological interest. The area is close to the most important artistic cities of Tuscany, like Florence, Siena, Volterra, Pistoia. The surrounding landscape is the typical Tuscany one, rich in woods, hills and olive trees.

This is the second international volunteer project to be hosted in Poggio alla Malva after the successful start last summer. The volunteers will be involved in protection of natural areas, trekking and improving touristic and historical pathways which surround the municipality of Carmignano, and will take part in the life of local communities. The project is organised in cooperation with the cultural and environmental office of the Municipality of Carmignano. The aim is to enhance the touristic, historical and naturalist routes of the protected areas as well as promote from an international point of view the small villages of Carmignano.

Volunteers' main tasks will be recovering and cleaning up protected areas, especially trails (removing overgrowth and invasive plants, signposting, etc.).

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a kindergarten.

Location: Poggio alla Malva, Carmignano, Prato, Toscana

Terminal: Closest airports are: Pisa, Florence, Bologna. Closest train stations are: Prato centrale, Firenze centrale, Pistoia Centrale and Signa local train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Discover and preserve the unique natural environment of Dora Baltea Canavesana
Quincinetto, Piemonte          July 17 - July 31, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will contribute to the recovery of ancient mountain trails and other old man-made structures in order to support the promotion of a naturalistic and sustainable approach to the mountain environment by tourists and visitors.

The volunteers will be involved in maintaining sign posts, pruning bushes, clearing brambles, restoring stone walls and fences, street furniture and buildings of special artistic and historical value.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a public school in Quincinetto village.

Location: Quincinetto is a small village in the valley of the Dora Baltea Canavesana in the North-West of Italy. It stands at the foot of the Alps, on the border of the region of Aosta and extends along the right bank of the Dora Baltea River.

Terminal: Airports: Torino Caselle, Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Orio. Railway station: Ivrea

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the natural heritage in Piemonte
Chiaverano, Piemonte          July 23 - August 6, 2014

Volunteer project: Chiaverano is a small village located at the foot of the Western Italian Alps in Torino district, Piedmont region. As a former rural village, linked to the mountain environment, the area is characterized by ancient walls, terraces, huts made of carved stones, streams that water cultivations and activate water mills. In collaboration with local organizations, the Chiaverano Council Administration has implemented a program aiming to preserve and maintain the local environment. Aside work, volunteers will enjoy sports and excursions, as well as local culture and traditions, surrounded by nature.

The project consists mainly in the restoration of paths leading to the Ivrea border in order to allow access to the hills from the countryside on foot in a nice environment of woods and lakes. Furthermore, touristic indications will be developed and put in place. Volunteers will be involved in maintaining sign posts, pruning bushes, clearing brambles, and restoring stone walls and fences. Other activities could be helping experts to organise events and excursions on naturalistic and anthropological themes. During the project, the international volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the region and its culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a hostel in Chiaverano village.

Location: Chiaverano is a small village in Piedmont region, in the largest European Morenic Amphitheatre. The landscape is full of woods and lakes. The nearest town is Ivrea, known in the world as the headquarter of Olivetti, the most important Italian manufacturer of computers, tablets, smartphones and printers

Terminal: Airports: Torino Caselle, Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Bergamo Orio al Serio. Railway station: Ivrea

Age range: 16 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 80 Euro

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the archaeological sites of the Pantalica Necropolis
Sortino, Sicily          July 24 - August 8, 2014

Volunteer project: The Necropolis of Pantalica contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock near open stone quarries, most of them dating from the 13th to 7th centuries BC. Vestiges of the Byzantine era also remain in the area, notably the foundations of the Anaktoron (Prince’s Palace). Pantalica is situated in the valleys of the rivers Anapo and Calcinara. Together with the city of Syracuse, Pantalica has been included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.

The project will take place in different locations: the archaeological sites of the Pantalica Necropolis, the Anapo Valley and the Heritage site of Santa Sofia. Volunteers will be involved in different activities in these archaeological areas around Sortino: cleaning paths, monitoring and raising awareness among tourists, helping a local group in the organization of social and cultural events.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an ancient building from the XVIth century, which has been recently renovated.

Location: Sortino is located on the Iblei Mounts, Siracusa district, eastern Sicily, South Italy.

Terminal: Catania International Airport, Siracusa train station.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental maintenance work in Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
Albaredo per San Marco, Lombardia          July 27 - August 9, 2014

Volunteer project: The Orobie Alps is the first alpine chain you meet, as you come north along the Great Plain of Lombardia region. The Orobie Valtellinesi Park covers the northern side of the chain and it is characterized by deep and almost parallel valleys that drop steeply towards the plain valley crossed by Adda river. It is a very beautiful and interesting area both from naturalistic and landscape point of view. We have been collaborating for years with the Park and local municipalities to enhance the value of these important valleys with their historical richness, culinary traditions and biodiversity.

The project will take place in a mountain pasture surrounded by fir woods. The volunteers will be involved in the cleaning and maintenance of paths, woods and pastures.

Special remarks: Predisposition to live, walk and work in the mountains is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a mountain hut, still used by shepherd who make their typical cheese.

Location: Albaredo per San Marco, Sondrio district, Lombardia region, North of Italy. Albaredo is a small village (950 m above the sea level) of nearly 450 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Bitto valley, which has been included amongst the European List of Community Important Sites. The area is still strongly characterized by breeding and forestry. Albaredo is famous in the world for the Bitto cheese.

Terminal: Milan International Airports or Orio al Serio Bergamo International Airport; Morbegno Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation of nature trails around the ancient Spa town of Montecatini
Montecatini Terme, Toscana          July 27 - August 10, 2014

Volunteer project: Montecatini Terme is a beautiful touristic town near Pistoia famous for its Spas and ancient history. It is located close to some of the most beautiful cultural sites of Tuscany (Florence, Lucca, Pisa), easily reachable by train or by bus in about 1 hour. It is worldwide known for its healing hot springs and Spas. The town lies on a 299 m high hillside and it is connected to the top by the oldest cable railway of Europe. The cable runs through old olive trees, oleanders and ancient paths dating back to the Roman period.

Following the work of past years, the main aim of the project is the safeguarding of naturalistic trails in the valley of Valdinievole. This year the project will take place in a new location, the Parco delle Panteraie, situated in Montecatini Terme.

In this project, we are going to clean a trail which goes around the ancient naturalistic park. Cleaning the path means cutting off plants that have grown on the path, building fences, collecting and taking rubbish away.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the public school building.

Location: This workcamp will take place in Montecatini Terme (district of Pistoia, in the region of Tuscany).

Terminal: Pisa Airport or Florence Airport; Montecatini Monsummano railway station.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Help boost the artistic and cultural tourism in Anticoli Corrado
Anticoli Corrado, Lazio          July 28 - August 11, 2014

Volunteer project: Anticoli Corrado could be a milestone for tourism for number of reasons: its proximity to Rome, its location in the Aniene Valley (which can be visited on foot or by bike), its long artistic history, and its charm. Anticoli became known in the 19th century because its young inhabitants used to pose as models for the community of artists living near Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Some artists eventually went to see the birthplace of their models and found Anticoli a very picturesque site to the point of living there for some time. The town attracted artists until World War II. Anticoli and some of the neighbouring towns were portrayed in many paintings.

Anticoli Corrado has an important museum of modern and contemporary art and is a popular tourist place but mostly for people from Rome. However it has a lot of potential because of its history and artistic past. Volunteers will carry out recovery activities to valorize the historical heritage of the village, getting to know the artists who have been here and their works.

Each summer, in Anticoli Corrado, people, local organisations and municipality organise several artistic or cultural events, including a traditional street festival. The volunteers will help in the organisation of the events. They will also translate some promotional materials in foreign languages and will do conservation and valorization activities for the museum. This way, the volunteers will contribute to a promotional campaign, aiming to enhance the artistic and cultural tourism in Anticoli Corrado in an intercultural way.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a building at the foot of the hill of Anticoli Corrado.

Location: Anticoli Corrado is a village with less than 1000 inhabitants, 50 km from Rome, in Lazio region.

Terminal: Leonardo da Vinci airport (Fiumicino - FCO); international train station (Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina), local train station: Mandela, Roviano (2 km)

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Building a nature trail and restoring an old church in Sicily
Troina, Sicily          July 28 - August 11, 2014

Volunteer project: Over the centuries, Troina has been a stronghold for all the civilizations, which have occupied Sicily and in the 11th century it was the Norman capital, thanks to its position and the advantage of detecting enemies from a distance. Lake Ancipa is located 944 m above sea level and is situated in an enchanting Alpine scenery. It is the highest lake in Sicily and is rich in different species of animals and plants both on land and in the water. It is part of the Nebrodi Regional park.

The local environmental group has been managing the area around Lake Ancipa since 2001, with the aim to support the small town of Troina in its efforts to develop and host sustainable tourism. The international volunteer project is also an opportunity for the local population to meet and get in contact with people from different countries. Some students from the local schools will be involved in the project along with the international volunteers.

The volunteers will be involved in the restoration of the path around the lake and in the building of a nature trail. Volunteers will be also involved in the renovation of the Church of Immacolata, built in 1500. The work will consist in cleaning up and clearing the underground of the church.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a school in Troina with beds and a kitchen.

Location: Troina is a little town in the province of Enna, in the hinterland of Sicily, 1120 m above sea level.

Terminal: The nearest airport is Fontana Rossa in Catania; the nearest railway station is Stazione Centrale in Catania.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Enhancing the natural and historical heritage of Tuscany
Vaiano, Toscana          July 30 - August 13, 2014

Volunteer project: The aim of the international volunteer project is the preservation of the protected natural area Monti della Calvana. The project participants, in cooperation with municipality officials, will enhance the touristic, historical and naturalist routes of the urban centre and its natural surroundings.
There are several ancient villas and old houses in the region. Villa Il Mulinaccio, which is one of the most important villas of the area, has an amazing public garden, where volunteers will be asked to take care of plants and fruit trees, so that the community could enjoy this precious place.

The planned activities include recovery and cleaning of mountain pathways, maintenance of a public vegetable garden and restoration of a small ancient Roman wall called “muretto a secco” with the help of professional workers of the municipality.

Special remarks: This project is ideal for those who love nature and enjoy hiking.

Language: English

Accommodation: The group will be hosted in Sofignano's visitors center. Food supply will come from local organic and high quality products.

Location: Vaiano (10.000 inhabitants) was founded in the Middle Ages and is less than 10 km far from Prato, the main town of the area. Several historical facts testify of the link of Galileo Galilei, one of the most important scientists for mankind, with this region.

Terminal: Closest airports are: Pisa, Florence, Bologna. Closest train stations are: Vaiano (20 minutes walking from Sofignano visitors center), Prato centrale, Firenze centrale.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Maintenance of paths and mountain meadows in Campo Dei Fiori Park
Brinzio, Lombardia          August 2 - August 16, 2014

Volunteer project: The Natural Park “Campo Dei Fiori” overlooks the hills of the Province of Varese and the Po Plain. The particular geographical location and the geological features have favoured the presence of various vegetation, with chestnut tree and beech tree woods, typical flora of the rocky areas, marshy and peaty zones, rich in wildlife. In addition, there are several interesting historical and architectural sites around the area. The project’s aim is the improvement of opportunities for “green” tourism in order to prevent abandonment and degradation of the region.

Volunteers will work mainly in paths cleaning and maintenance in a garden around a historical building and in removing weeds from meadows at the top of the mountain.

Special remarks: Volunteers will use bicycles.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a common room with camp beds. A camp kitchen will be available.

Location: Brinzio, in the Province of Varese, Lombardia region, North of Italy. Brinzio is located about 60 km northwest of Milan and about 8 km northwest of Varese.

Terminal: Milano Malpensa, Varese train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Improving the landscape and signposting in Curone Valley Park
Montevecchia, Lombardia          August 3 - August 16, 2014

Volunteer project: Montevecchia and Curone Valley Park is a very important green area rich in biodiversity. The project inside the Montevecchia and Curone Valley park is intensive and various: the area shows a very high dissimilarity of environments, included the human one, that need a lot of maintenance. Being a very popular park, much importance is given to paths and associated signposting, and not less important are the areas along Molgora river, that periodically need adjustments, like thin meadows inside the park. There is also a water channel that needs to be cleaned and maintained periodically.

Volunteers will be involved in mowing thin meadows and improving paths, with particular attention to the signposting.

Special remarks: Predisposition to work and walk in the hills is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a guesthouse in Montevecchia.

Location: Montevecchia, Lecco, Lombardia region, North of Italy

Terminal: Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan Linate Airport, Orio al Serio Airport; Olgiate Molgora Railway Station.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving and restoring the archaeological, natural and cultural heritage of Certosa Island
Venezia, Veneto          August 23 - September 6, 2014

Volunteer project: The main objective of the project is to contribute to the prestige of the lagoon and its islands by preserving and promoting the archaeological, natural and cultural heritage of Certosa island. We want to encourage authorities, citizens and public opinion to take care of the World Heritage and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage. Finally, the project aims at raising awareness about environmental values in order to improve the ecological and cultural education in the region. The project is organized for the tenth year in Certosa Island, and has involved more than 200 national and international volunteers since its beginning.

Volunteers will be involved in the maintenance and cleaning of Certosa’s structures and naturalistic paths, in order to make the access to the natural park and its archaeological sites easier. Furthermore, volunteers will supervise the area and organise public activities and events.

Special remarks: Volunteers should be able to adapt to a camping life-style.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a green area of the island, in one big tent, equipped with camp beds.

Location: Certosa Island is located in the splendid landscape of the Park of the Lagoon in Venice. It has an important and strategic position between the Venice city centre and the sea.

Terminal: Venezia “Marco polo” Airport, Treviso Airport; Venezia Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 80 Euro

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation of the Saint Francis Walk in the Sacred Valley of Rieti
Rieti, Lazio          September 1 - September 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The Sacred Valley of Rieti, a splendid plain amidst the hills and mountains, was a home for Saint Francis along with Assisi and the Verna. Here, among lush and peaceful nature, he found refuge from the vanities of the world. The Saint Francis Walk is the same route travelled by the Saint in the Sacred Valley. The 80 kilometres that make up the Walk are divided into eight stops that have been blessed by the presence of Saint Francis.

This volunteer project will be held in the Sacred Valley of Rieti in the context of the spiritual Walk of St. Francis of Assisi, with particular regard to the Medieval Rieti, the most important city in the Valley. Volunteers will have the chance to discover this part of the Spiritual Way and take action where help is needed. The primary goal of the project is to restore, improve and enhance the route of the Walk of Saint Francis, and to prove that it can represent a fundamental asset for the development and valorisation of natural resources and alternative tourism in the Sacred Valley.

The volunteers will work directly on the Saint Francis Walk, to make it easily accessible and improve the route. They will be restoring signage, as well as cleaning wild plants and recovering paths (fencing, etc.). Moreover, the group will organize collection of waste at a place nearby where we've found an illegal dump. A final report will be prepared and presented to the public at the end of the project.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the guestrooms of a Franciscan Sanctuary located on the Walk of St. Francis.

Location: Rieti, in Lazio, Central Italy

Terminal: Airport Roma Ciampino (90 km); airport Roma Fiumicino (110 km); airport Sant'Egidio Perugia (110 km); Tiburtina bus station; Tiburtina train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental preservation of a stopover site for migratory birds
Sorico, Lombardia          September 7 - September 20, 2014

Volunteer project: The Natural Reserve of Pian di Spagna and Lago di Mezzola was established in 1985 to ensure a suitable environment for the stop-over and the nesting of the migratory birds, to protect the nature and the landscapes characteristic of the humid zone, to regulate and control the fruition of the area for didactic-recreational purposes and to regulate the socio-economic activities present in the area with respect to the conservation needs of the environment. This half-marshy zone, formed by a gradual mud deposit transported by Adda river, is covered by thick groves of reeds and many animal and plant species live here. For this reason, any alteration of this habitat would be a threat for its precious biodiversity. We are committed to preventing the indiscriminate consumption of soil and protecting the biodiversity of the area.

The team of international volunteers will be involved in the environmental maintenance and preservation of the area and preventing the invasion of weeds. Besides, they will assist the park’s staff in active ringing of birds.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a guesthouse.

Location: Sorico, Como, Lombardia

Terminal: Milano International Airports, Bergamo airport; Colico train station

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

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