Volunteer in Italy

The sea at the foot of Etna volcano
Acireale, Sicily       August 26 - September 4, 2016

Volunteer project: We invite you to bring life to the Natural Reserve la Timpa, a beautiful promontory above the sea! You will work for the promotion of one of the most beautiful places in Sicily.

The aims of the project are the extension and the intensification of the uses and facilities of the area of Chiazzette and in particular of the Fortress of Tocco, which are at the moment insufficient to guarantee a proper touristic attraction in the natural reserve; the realization of training courses for environmental educators and natural guides and an improvement of the promotion of the natural reserve.

The volunteers will be carrying out various environmental tasks along the paths of the natural reserve, like restoration, gardening, cleaning and placement of info signs.
The volunteers will also be involved in the touristic promotion of the reserve at the info point located in “La Fortezza del Tocco”. There will be some awareness activities with the local population. The volunteers will work on the tasks in groups and in shifts, so that everybody will be involved in everything.

Study part: During the project there will be information meetings on local flora, fauna and geology.

Language: English

Accommodation: The participants will sleep in a school in shared rooms and sleeping bag accommodation.

Location: Acireale, province of Catania, Sicilia region.
Acireale is a baroque city situated between the sea and the volcano Etna. The area consists of a strip that runs parallel and close to the coast about 6 km. This is a massive tiered format and faults, which originated from the central crater since it seems to emerge with its lava from the sea. It is formed by overlapping layers occurring at different times.
At the feet of the central section of the reserve there is the seaside village of Santa Maria La Scala, which can also be reached by a staircase that starts from Acireale zigzag across the central part of the Timpa (called the Chiazzette).

Terminal: The nearest airport is Catania Fontanarossa.

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Maintenance and improvements in Monte Di Brianza Park
Galbiate, Lombardia       September 4 - September 17, 2016

Volunteer project: Brianza is a magnificent natural area in the North of Italy, and volunteers are needed to help take care of it. Volunteers will be involved in trail improvement, woodland maintenance and waste removal. They will also take care of the signposting whenever and wherever it is necessary.

Language: English

Leisure time: 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 Lake Como. They 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. There is also the possibility to visit Lecco and the surrounding areas.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a hostel near the park, on the top of Monte Barro. Wi-Fi access is provided.

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

Terminal: Milan International Airports (Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate) / Bergamo International Airport (Orio al Serio) / Lecco railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Urban revival project in Eboli
Eboli, Campania       September 5 - September 15, 2016

Volunteer project: The purpose of the volunteer project is the urban revival of Eboli and in particular making the main Republic Square lively and crowded again. The group activities will be directed mainly to the urban decor and more specifically to the restoration and enhancement of Republic Square in Eboli through sustainable decorations.

The square is located in the heart of the town. Until the ‘90 the square was the place for important and interesting cultural activities where young people could meet and socialize. For almost two years, it was closed to the public because of the restoration of its monuments and the laying of new flooring. At its reopening, it had lost its social value and is no longer able to gather the new generations. We would like a cozy, green and crowded square, redesigned with the use of sustainable materials and structures. The motivation of the volunteers is linked to the revival of the community spirit.

The project will take place mainly in the Square. The main activities will be: cleaning of the War memorial; cleaning and maintenance of the gardens and flowerbeds (herbs, evergreens, local flowers, etc.); maintenance and repainting existing public seating; installation and painting of flower boxes for urban decoration to be placed in front of the elementary school to be managed by classes; installation of ecological benches obtained by the recovery of used platforms; "Games of yore", construction of ancient games, placed near the school; installation of a bus shelter with recycled materials and creative painting.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the project, there will be an excursion tour to Pompeii. The volunteers will also visit other areas of the Campania region.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an ancient Norman abbey with an important historical library. Four bedrooms will be available.

Location: Eboli, province of Salerno, Campania region.
Eboli is a Southern town with approximately 38.000 inhabitants. As an agricultural center, Eboli is known mainly for the olive oil and dairy products, among which the most renowned is the buffalo mozzarella.
One part of the mountains that surround the town of Eboli belongs to Picentini Park. The archaeological excavations prove that the Eboli area has been inhabited since the Copper and Bronze Ages, and attested (from the 5th century BC) of the presence of the so-called Villanovan civilization.
The center of the town is characterized by the square with elliptical shape that retains the charm of a 19th century ambiance. Inside the square there are historical monuments, fountains, seating and public gardens. One of the monuments is dedicated to the fallen during the First World War. The old town of Eboli is very nice and characterized by historic streets and buildings.

Terminal: Capodichino International Airport In Naples, Salerno train station

Age range: 18 and over

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