Volunteer in Italy


Trail maintenance and signposting in Grigna Park
Primaluna, Lombardy       May 22 - June 4, 2016

Volunteer project: The northern Grigna Park is a beautiful area above the lake Como. There are several alpine huts in the park and many pathways which need maintenance. We need your help to keep the Park and its green areas as beautiful as they can be. The aim is to allow people to enjoy the mountains with improved safety, through the paths and signs maintenance.

Volunteers will take care of the maintenance of pathways leading to the alpine hut in order to make it more accessible for people, allowing them to reach even more easily the site. They will also take care of the signposting whenever and wherever necessary.

Study part: Volunteers will be educated about the Park and its biodiversity.

Special requirements: Past experience in living in a mountains environment. Ability to walk and work in high mountains is necessary.

Language: English

Leisure time: Grigna is one of the major symbols of the Lecco area, and it isn’t very far from the Lake Como. Particularly historically interesting is Varenna and the Vezio’s castle.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in an alpine hut inside the park, at 1022 meters above sea level. Wi-Fi access will be provided.

Location: Primaluna, province of Lecco, Lombardia region

Terminal: Nearest airports: Milano Malpensa/ Orio al Serio. Nearest train station: Lecco

Age range: 18 and over

Reviving the woodcraft tradition in Monti Sibillini Park
Amandola, Marche       June 12 - June 25, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will contribute to the revival of local wood craft tradition and the ancient myth of Sibilla Appenninica within the National Park of Monti Sibillini. The aim of the volunteer project is the maintenance of the Centre of Environmental Education and raising awareness among the communities about the value of high quality handicraft, which represented a great richness for the region that is being lost.

The main volunteers’ activity will be the renovation of the window fixtures. The volunteers will be guided by local carpenters.

Study part: There will be a presentation of the National Park with visits.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, volunteers will visit the village and will make mountain excursions in the Park.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the Centre for Environmental Education where they will be working. Wi-Fi is available.

Location: Amandola, province of Fermo, Marche region. Amandola is a medieval village, with valuable handicraft traditions, of 3700 inhabitants situated within 3 hills where there are structures of great artistic and historical value: the podestà tower with the historic theatre, S.Francesco church, the Capuchin monastery.

Terminal: Nearest airports are Roma Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci and Ancona Falconara Raffaello Sanzio. Nearest train station is Porto San Giorgio.

Age range: 18 and over

Maintenance of trails and forests in the Orobie Valtellinesi Mountains
Castello dell’Acqua, Lombardy       June 12 - June 26, 2016

Volunteer project: The Orobie Valtellinesi Mountains Park is a beautiful area, which needs maintenance and care in order to keep it the beautiful place that it is today. Volunteers will be involved in different tasks, such as maintenance of woods and pathways. The group will mostly take care of pathways, which are very culturally important in the area because each of them leads to old mills and ethnographic sites.

Volunteers will be asked to clean pathways, clear weed and take care of the woods. They will be working with the constant help of experienced local people who will also provide all the necessary tools.

Special requirements: Predisposition to live, walk and work in the mountains.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will be shown all the places and costumes of the local farming culture. Teglio, a well-known locality famous for the making of Pizzoccheri, is near Castello dell’Acqua, as well as Tirano.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a hostel.

Location: Castello dell’Acqua, province of Sondrio, Lombardia region

Terminal: Nearest airport: Orio al serio or Milano Malpensa. Nearest train station: Sondrio

Age range: 18 and over

Rehabilitation of archaeological heritage in Sicily
Petralia Sottana, Sicily       July 1 - July 15, 2016

Volunteer project: In the heart of Madonie Regional Park in Sicily, the volunteers will clear an archeological area for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.
The workcamp is part of a wider project which aims at raising the natural and touristic value of the Madonie Regional Park, through the creation of educational and environmental facilities and activities. The seasonal tourism linked to winter sports will lead to the reduction and fragmentation of the natural areas with serious environmental damages. The purpose of the project is to divert this direction towards protection of the territory and valorization of the cultural and historic heritage as key to stimulate innovative quality and new economic trends, in respect to the mountain biodiversity.

The volunteers will clean up an archaeological area, currently abandoned, from weed. They will set up new signage to promote the site. They will also do fire monitoring in the Park and some renovation work in the mountain shelter and the surrounding area.

Study part: Biodiversity of the Madonie Park, sustainable tourism and ancient traditions of Sicily, Mediterranean genesis and geology, climate change.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers will explore the Park, also through sport activities, and will get to know the villages, with their traditions and community life.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a mountain shelter inside the Park, at 1500 meters above sea level.

Location: Petralia Sottana, province of Palermo, Sicilia region. The Regional Park of Madonie extends over 794 sq. km in the north-centre of Sicily and includes the highest and most ancient mountains in the region. The project will take place in Piano Battaglia which is the second highest Sicilian peak (1600 m), after Etna Vulcan. It is situated in a wonderful natural landscape: a wide karstic area in the heart of the Madonie mountains surrounded by an ancient beech forest.

Terminal: Nearest airport and train station are in Palermo

Age range: 18 and over

Improving green areas and bike trails along the Olona river
Bizzarone, Lombardy       July 4 - July 18, 2016

Volunteer project: The Valle della Lanza Park is located between the provinces of Como and Varese in an area well known for its lakes. The park follows the river Lanza till it reaches its end in the River Olona. The valley is covered with several kinds of vegetation and rich in animal presence. The park was born with the aim to safeguard the valley from the expansion of the urban areas and in order to improve sustainable tourism. The trail network of the valley is very important because it's part of the “greenway” connecting Milano's area to Switzerland.

The volunteers will be engaged in maintenance and cleaning work along Olona river, in the framework of a recovery project for the safety of the Valley.
In the first part of the project, the volunteers will work in collaboration with local volunteers and citizens who are taking care of an important area near the river. In the second part, the technical staff of the park will support the group in the maintenance of a bike road that crosses the park. The work will include: trail cleaning and maintenance, removing weeds and rubbish, painting little bridges. On Sunday, July 10th, the volunteers will participate in an international campaign for living rivers.

Study part: Part of the time will be dedicated to studying the natural characteristics of the Park focusing on the difficult relationship between man and nature near the river.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in tents (provided) with camp-beds and they'll have a common kitchen with canteen. Meals will follow an environmentally friendly diet with local and seasonal products and little meat.

Location: Bizzarone, province of Como, Lombardia region. The Park is located between the provinces of Como and Varese, immersed in the green of the first Prealpine foothills, in the lakes’ region and at the beginning of the great plain of the Po river. The Park is crossed by the old “Valmorea” railroad, now used for tourism with little steam trains.

Terminal: Milano Malpensa, Malnate train station

Age range: 18 and over

Trail maintenance and cleaning of mountain areas in the Orobie Alps
Alpe Dosso, Lombardy       July 10 - July 23, 2016

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. It is an ideal place to experience life away from the city and in close contact with nature in the Alps.

Volunteers will be involved in the cleaning and maintenance of trails and forests, and eliminating invasive plants. They will work in close collaboration with experienced local volunteers.

Special requirements: Ability to walk and work in high mountains is necessary.

Language: English

Leisure time: Trips will be arranged inside the park, which offers breathtaking landscapes and lots of trails.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an alpine hut at 1600 meters above sea level, which is reached after a two-hour hike. The place is quite isolated and has bad line reception. No Wi-Fi available.

Location: Delebio, province of Lecco, Lombardia region. Orobie is the first alpine chain in the north of Lombardia plain.

Terminal: Nearest airports: Orio al serio/ Milano Malpensa; Nearest train station: Colico

Age range: 18 and over

Preserving the coastal environment of Paestum and social integration of migrants
Paestum, Campania       July 11 - July 21, 2016

Volunteer project: A local group has taken on the mission to transform an abandoned part of the dune ecosystem that goes from the coast to the nearby archaeological area in an open-air laboratory for the study of coastal ecosystem, addressing local community, tourists, students, researchers. The dune is in fact the most valuable environmental element in the ecosystem, thanks to the psammophyte vegetation and particularly the sea lily. Nowadays this Dune Oasis has become a social experiment where artistic performances, concerts, cinema, book presentations and voluntary activities are organized.

Migrants from the shelter in Paestum will join the volunteers in the environmental work at Dune Oasis. This, along with language courses and socializing events, is meant to foster their social inclusion. The aim is to make the migrants feel active protagonists of the enhancement of their hosting region. The volunteers will share with them an ordinary life experience, participating all together in the project activities. They will help in the language learning and in improving their competences and capacities.

The volunteers will work together with the migrants on the environmental maintenance of the Dune Oasis, as well as welcoming visitors, creating information boards, and preparing a local festival.

Special requirements: Open-minded volunteers are welcome. A basic knowledge of Italian is needed.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house in the Dune Oasis.

Location: Paestum, province of Salerno, Campania region.
Paestum is a little town founded during VI century B.C. by Greeks, who built wonderful temples and civilization that now constitute a very important archeological area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) among the best maintained in the Mediterranean.

Terminal: Napoli Capodichino international airport. Paestum railway station

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
July 11 - July 21, 2016
July 22 - August 1, 2016

Restoration of heritage trails in Tuscany
Carmignano, Tuscany       July 14 - July 28, 2016

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 typical of Toscana, rich in woods, hills and olive trees. This project aims to give value to an area with impressive cultural heritage.

The work activities will mainly consists in recovering some parts of naturalistic trails starting from Poggio alla Malva or other locations in the Municipalities of Carmignano. The volunteers will be removing overgrowth, invasive plants or trash. Where necessary, volunteers will also put new signs. The trails they are going to clean have historical and social value connected to the past of the region (Etruscan heritage, World War II heritage, etc.).

Study part: How to read a mountain trail map and Hiking etiquette – in cooperation with the local Alpine Club; sustainable tourism through art (photo-report of the faces and places of local communities and producing a short promotional video or document/pictures). Other activities dealing with discussions on environmental topics are foreseen.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local school in the Municipality of Carmignano. There will be beds in one or more rooms.

Location: Poggio alla Malva, Carmignano, province of Prato, Toscana region.
Carmignano has 14.000 inhabitants and covers an area where historic, natural, wine and gastronomic heritage are well represented. Thanks to its position between Prato and Florence, this lovely place is especially wonderful for its views and green countryside. Poggio alla Malva, one of the many villages that is under the Carmignano Municipality, is also very close to the UNESCO site “Artimino's Villa”, a renaissance structure famous world-wide for its hundred chimney tops. Poggio alla Malva is also an important site where Etruscan signs are still visible (necropolis, old structures and landmarks).

Terminal: Florence Peretola Airport (or Pisa Airport/Bologna Airport). Train station: Firenze Santa Maria Novella or the smaller local station of Signa (very close to Florence).

Age range: 18 and over

Creating an Environmental Education Center at Palascia lighthouse
Otranto, Apulia       July 15 - July 30, 2016

Volunteer project: The Palascia lighthouse was acquired through a legal dispute, because it had been assigned for a private villa. Thanks to the positive result of the dispute, the lighthouse was given back for community purposes. The first project in the regained lighthouse was a museum run by the university. After some more years of abandonment, the lighthouse has been restored with public funds and assigned for a Centre for Environmental Education. From now on, the Centre must be set up: the project foresees restoration of the facilities, arrangement of didactic rooms with scientific equipment, maintenance of paths and signs.

The volunteers will arrange part of the building as a didactic room, they will create small gadgets, do the maintenance of the wooden fence and make information boards for the official trekking paths.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will live in the lighthouse.

Location: Capo d’Otranto is immersed in a valuable natural environment with different marine and land protected areas, a dune ecosystem and Mediterranean vegetation. The lighthouse was built in 1869 at the most easterly point of Italy. It is among the five lighthouses under protection by the European Union and also hosts the meteorological station Otranto-Punta Palascia.

Terminal: Otranto

Age range: 18 and over

Restoration of Villa Corsini's gardens near Rome
Albano Laziale, Lazio       July 16 - July 30, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Albano Laziale, a municipality included in the Regional Park Castelli Romani, and will contribute to the development of the natural, cultural and monumental heritage of the region. The project’s aim is the restoration of Villa Corsini's age-old gardens, erected in the mid-18th century through the Appian Way near Ariccia by the Corsini family.

The volunteers will work on the maintenance of the gardens of Villa Corsini. This will require different manual works such as: cleaning, gardening and Villa Corsini's maintenance.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the building of the public school in Albano.

Location: Albano Laziale, province of Rome, Lazio region.
Albano Laziale is a municipality in the Metropolitan City of Rome on the Alban Hills, 25 kilometers from Rome. Albano is one of the most important municipalities of the Castelli Romani and a busy commercial centre. It was also a suburbicarian bishopric since the 5th century, a historic principality of the Savelli family, and from 1699 to 1798 the inalienable possession of the Holy See. It now houses, among other things, the Praetor of the district court of Velletri. The territory of Albano is included in the Regional Park of Castelli Romani. The main hydrographic feature is Lake Albano.

Terminal: Fiumicino and Ciampino are the nearest airports; Rome Train stations (Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina) are the nearest stations.

Age range: 18 and over

Rebuilding an ancient pagliare in Sicily
Petralia Sottana, Sicily       July 17 - July 30, 2016

Volunteer project: In the heart of Madonie Regional Park in Sicily, the volunteers will renovate an ancient “pagliare” for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.
The workcamp is part of a wider project which aims at raising the natural and touristic value of the Madonie Regional Park, through the creation of educational and environmental facilities and activities. The seasonal tourism linked to winter sports will lead to the reduction and fragmentation of the natural areas with serious environmental damages. The purpose of the project is to divert this direction towards protection of the territory and valorization of the cultural and historic heritage as key to stimulate innovative quality and new economic trends, in respect to the mountain biodiversity.

The volunteers will renovate and rebuild an ancient “pagliare”, a straw building used in Sicily as snow storage. They will also do fire monitoring in the Park and some renovation work in the mountain shelter and the surrounding area.

Study part: Biodiversity of the Madonie Park, sustainable tourism and ancient traditions of Sicily, Mediterranean genesis and geology, climate change.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers will explore the Park, also through sport activities, and will get to know the villages, with their traditions and community life.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a mountain shelter inside the Park, at 1500 meters above sea level.

Location: Petralia Sottana, province of Palermo, Sicilia region. The Regional Park of Madonie extends over 794 sq. km in the north-centre of Sicily and includes the highest and most ancient mountains in the region. The project will take place in Piano Battaglia which is the second highest Sicilian peak (1600 m), after Etna Vulcan. It is situated in a wonderful natural landscape: a wide karstic area in the heart of the Madonie mountains surrounded by an ancient beech forest.

Terminal: Nearest airport and train station are in Palermo

Age range: 18 and over

Environmental protection work in Vesuvio National Park
Ottaviano, Campania       July 18 - July 31, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will take place on the slopes of Vesuvius and will contribute to the protection and biodiversity of the area. Participants will be mainly involved in the care and maintenance of the observatory of the Vesuvius National Park. It is a structure containing 4 community gardens, a remembrance and civil commitment’s park (with trees in memory of Mafia’s victims), 2 indoor classrooms for activities with children and young people, intercultural workshop and a projection room. The volunteers will also be engaged in the cleaning and maintenance of the paths of the Vesuvius National Park and in the restoration of the old train station of Boscotrecase.

The volunteer tasks include: manual agricultural work, social events planning, naturalistic research about flora and fauna, green areas maintenance and monitoring (to prevent hunting, fires or other abuses). Volunteers will be involved in other social activities like trekking and raising awareness about biodiversity and illegal activities in the park.

Study part: Volunteers will follow legality and biodiversity courses oriented to the protection of nature and green areas.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in two buildings: in the city sport center, located at the public school in Ottaviano and in the old train station of Boscotrecase. They will have Italian and in particular, typical Neapolitan food, known all over the world as the cornerstone of Mediterranean diet.

Location: Ottaviano, province of Napoli, Campania Region.
The project is based in the Vesuvius National Park located on the active volcano Vesuvius, northwest from Naples. The park was established in June 1995 and covers an area of around 135 square kilometers all located within the Province of Naples. It is centered on the active volcano and its most ancient (now inactive) crater, Monte Somma. It houses 612 vegetable species and 227 wildlife ones.

Terminal: Naples Capodichino Airport and Naples Central Station (Garibaldi station) are the closest terminals.

Age range: 18 and over

Preserving the natural heritage in Piemonte
Chiaverano, Piedmont       July 21 - August 4, 2016

Volunteer project: In Chiaverano, a small and nice village at the feet of the Alps, the volunteers will support a local community project to reduce hydrogeological risks and so prevent damages caused by possible landslides.
The village of Chiaverano is located up on the hills of la Serra Morena and is surrounded by chestnuts trees with old banks made by stone walls that must be maintained and restored because the area shows evidence of possible hydrogeological damage. The local community has put in place a specific project to avoid possible landslides: beyond the restoring of the walls it is needed an in-depth cleaning of the woods and small torrents. The volunteers will support the local community in this project.

The volunteers and local people will be involved in pruning bushes, clearing brambles, and restoring stone walls and fences. The tools and the instructions for a proper use of them will be provided by experts. Furthermore touristic indication signs will be developed and put in place. Other activities could be helping experts to organize events and excursions on naturalistic and anthropological themes.

Study part: Integral part of the project is learning about the environment and history of the community, and about the economy developed by the Olivetti company in XX century that has left a strong imprinting.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a hostel in Chiaverano village. The hostel has two large bedrooms, a large kitchen and an outdoor rainproof space.

Location: Chiaverano, province of Torino, Piemonte region
Chiaverano is a small village (50 km far from Turin) at the feet of the Alps in the largest European Morenic Amphitheatre. It is surrounded by a fascinating landscape of morenic hills and lakes. The area is rich of geological and naturalistic witnesses of the ancient presence of mankind. From the village it’s easy to reach the highest mountains in Europe by car and then on foot. A visit to Torino, the first capital of Italy, is also possible. 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, Orio al Serio. Ivrea Railway station.

Age range: 18 and over

Family project: Restoration of trails and natural areas in Sardinia
Chiaverano, Sardinia       July 22 - July 31, 2016

Volunteer project: Italian and foreign families will take part in this project.
The goal of the project is restoring the environment of the two areas Costa Verde (Arbus) and Monte Margherita (Guspini) by renovating the walking trails and watercourses, setting up rest areas, collecting garbage and wildlife monitoring. The trail network will provide a valuable contribution to local schools for environmental education, and will promote practices for environmentally sustainable tourism.

The volunteers will help with variety of activities: trail arrangements, setting up rest areas, cleaning water springs near the village of Montevecchio, collecting trash on the beaches and wildlife monitoring, placing information signs along the paths that lead to the coast from Montevecchio until the Piscinas beach.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a former school; it has 4 rooms with beds and mattresses, pillows and blankets.

Location: Montevecchio, province of Medio Campidano, Sardegna region.
Montevecchio is one of the most ancient mining sites in Italy. It is located in the south west of Sardinia - in the Province of Medio Campidano – in the Natural Reserve Monte Arcuentu-Dune di Piscinas. It is 20 km far from the sea (Costa Verde); the beaches, the dunes of Piscinas and shoreline Scivu are famous because of their integrity and the coastal area wilderness.

Terminal: Nearest airport is Cagliari; nearest train station is Guspini

Age range: 4 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro (for 1 adult + 1 child); 190 Euro (for 1 adult + 2 children); 200 Euro (for 1 adult + 3 children); 300 Euro (for 2 adults + 1 child); 340 Euro (for 2 adults + 2 children); 380 Euro (for 2 adults + 3 children). No extra fee for children under 5.

Preserving the coastal environment of Paestum and social integration of migrants
Paestum, Campania       July 22 - August 1, 2016

Volunteer project: A local group has taken on the mission to transform an abandoned part of the dune ecosystem that goes from the coast to the nearby archaeological area in an open-air laboratory for the study of coastal ecosystem, addressing local community, tourists, students, researchers. The dune is in fact the most valuable environmental element in the ecosystem, thanks to the psammophyte vegetation and particularly the sea lily. Nowadays this Dune Oasis has become a social experiment where artistic performances, concerts, cinema, book presentations and voluntary activities are organized.

Migrants from the shelter in Paestum will join the volunteers in the environmental work at Dune Oasis. This, along with language courses and socializing events, is meant to foster their social inclusion. The aim is to make the migrants feel active protagonists of the enhancement of their hosting region. The volunteers will share with them an ordinary life experience, participating all together in the project activities. They will help in the language learning and in improving their competences and capacities.

The volunteers will work together with the migrants on the environmental maintenance of the Dune Oasis, as well as welcoming visitors, creating information boards, and preparing a local festival.

Special requirements: Open-minded volunteers are welcome. A basic knowledge of Italian is needed.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house in the Dune Oasis.

Location: Paestum, province of Salerno, Campania region.
Paestum is a little town founded during VI century B.C. by Greeks, who built wonderful temples and civilization that now constitute a very important archeological area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) among the best maintained in the Mediterranean.

Terminal: Napoli Capodichino international airport. Paestum railway station

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
July 11 - July 21, 2016
July 22 - August 1, 2016

Restoration of an ancient trail and a convent in the North of Italy
Malegno, Lombardy       July 23 - August 6, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will revive ancient trails once used by farmers and support the restoration of an ancient Convent. The volunteer group will work in two different areas: a Convent built in 1600 which needs some maintenance work and a little but important trail which passes on a Romanic Bridge on Lanico creek. Lanico is the only river that flows into the town center and runs into the bigger Oglio river. This trail was rediscovered and fixed during the past workcamps: it allowed the connection between two different mountain areas. It lets memories resurface to when it was used by farmers to pass with livestock and wagons.

In the first week, the volunteers will work in the convent doing maintenance works. In the second week, the team will clean and take care of the little trail crossing the Lanico creek bridge.

Study part: Informal training session will be organized about the history and local culture of the hosting town.

Language: English

Leisure time: During free time, the participants will be accompanied to visit nearby cities of historical and cultural interest, including petroglyphs (UNESCO heritage), Roman era relics, Iseo Lake with the biggest island in Europe (Montisola), the chief town Brescia.

Accommodation: Participants will be hosted in the convent. Internet connection will be available.

Location: Malegno, province of Brescia, Lombardia region

Terminal: Airports of Milano (Linate or Malpensa); airport Orio al Serio; airport of Verona. Nearest train station is named Cividate-Malegno; trains leave from Brescia.

Age range: 18 and over

Renovation of greenhouses for the benefit of youth with disabilities
Sant'Elpidio a Mare, Marche       July 24 - August 7, 2016

Volunteer project: With the aim of building solidarity in Sant’Elpidio a Mare, the project will restore two greenhouses, currently abandoned, next to a day center that hosts young adults with disabilities. The greenhouses will turn into a permanent project for the people of the centre, who will maintain them as part of their daily activities.
The volunteers will also help in the maintenance of the path that leads from the day center to Santa Croce basilica, a fundamental structure for the religious, historic and artistic development of the town.

The volunteers will repair the greenhouses. With the support of an agronomist, they will set up some places for cultivation. Labels and instructions for every plant will also be produced, so that the clients of the center will be able to use these greenhouses.
Another activity will be the creation of information boards for the trail that leads to the river Chienti and connects the center with the cathedral of Santa Croce.

Study part: Experts of history, agriculture and food will ensure interactive learning between volunteers and local people.

Language: English

Leisure time: The participants will discover the history of Sant' Elpidio a Mare and other towns in the region. The volunteers will also visit the local agricultural and organic companies. With the participation of associations and local companies, food laboratories will be organized and the volunteers will cook typical Italian food, like pizza and pasta.
During the project, we will attend many historic and music festivals like «Città Medioevo», which is an event about the Middle Ages, where the volunteers could participate.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a building in the center of Sant' Elpidio a Mare.

Location: Sant'Elpidio a Mare, province of Fermo, Marche region.
Sant'Elpidio a Mare is a medieval town, located in Marche region, near Fermo. It is on a ridge of Marche Apennine, 251 meters above sea level, between the lower river valleys of the river Tenna and Ete Morto, 9 km far from the Adriatic Sea.
The archive of Santa Croce basilica is full of ancient documents that were created by Augustinian monks. One of the most famous monks is Saint Nicola, the protector of children. Also the monuments in Sant' Elpidio a Mare are related to Santa Croce because this area was the ancient center of the town.

Terminal: Nearest airports: Rome airports and Falconara Airport; Nearest train stations: Civitanova Marche Train Station and Ancona Train Station.

Age range: 18 and over

Restoring the archaeological site of Old Camerata
Camerata Nuova, Lazio       July 26 - August 9, 2016

Volunteer project: Camerata Nuova is a small town in the province of Rome, located in the Park of Simbruini mountain. It is characterized by the presence of the ruins of the original and millenary country, called "Camorata", located at 1200 meters above sea level. The old town (also known as the Old Camerata) has been destroyed due to a fire in 1859. The ruins in addition to being a significant archaeological site are located in a pristine environment of great importance, in a natural landscape rich in indigenous flora and fauna.

The project aims to reveal the old ruins, located in the middle of the Simbruini Mountain Regional Park at 1200m altitude, clearing the trails from weeds.
The volunteers will have the task of clearing and maintaining the trails that lead to the ruins, in particular the original ancient trails shown on the Land Registry Gregorian.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the entire village of Camerata Nuova, surrounded by mountains. They will also be involved in local festivals and cultural visits, and get the chance to visit Rome at least once.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in the local school.

Location: Camerata Nuova, province of Rome, Lazio region. Camerata Nuova is located at 850 m above sea level in the Park of Simbruini mountains.

Terminal: Fiumicino Airport Station – Termini or Tiburtina Train Station. Local Train Station: Carsoli (Aq)

Age range: 20 and over

Maintenance of paths and grasslands in Campo Dei Fiori Park
Brinzio, Lombardy       August 1 - August 14, 2016

Volunteer project: Volunteers will work on a nature protection project in the Regional Park Campo dei Fiori, in a very beautiful environment at the feet of the Alps. The 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 preservation and improvement of an area called “Villaggio Cagnola”, which is important for promoting “green” tourism in the park.

The project activities will mainly take place in “Villaggio Cagnola” - a place of great historical and natural importance and the site of a center for environmental education and nature preservation. The volunteers will work on footpaths cleaning, maintenance and removing weeds from grassland at the top of the mountains. We'll have some activities with local volunteers and citizens on Saturday and Sunday.

Study part: Part of the time will be dedicated to studying the natural characteristics of the Park, with a special focus on the biodiversity and protection of water springs.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be able to ride a bicycle.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a common room with camp beds. We'll use bicycles for moving between the accommodation and the working place.

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

Renovating mountain trails in Madonie Regional Park
Petralia Sottana, Sicily       August 1 - August 15, 2016

Volunteer project: In the heart of Madonie Regional Park in Sicily, the volunteers will renovate and open mountain trails for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.
The workcamp is part of a wider project which aims at raising the natural and touristic value of the Madonie Regional Park, through the creation of educational and environmental facilities and activities. The seasonal tourism linked to winter sports will lead to the reduction and fragmentation of the natural areas with serious environmental damages. The purpose of the project is to divert this direction towards protection of the territory and valorization of the cultural and historic heritage as key to stimulate innovative quality and new economic trends, in respect to the mountain biodiversity.

The volunteers will work on the maintenance and creation of mountain trails inside the Regional park (also using GPS mapping), creation and installation of tourist signs and fences, removal of weed and fire monitoring. They will also do some renovation work in the mountain shelter and the surrounding area.

Study part: Biodiversity of the Madonie Park, sustainable tourism and ancient traditions of Sicily, Mediterranean genesis and geology, climate change.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers will explore the Park, also through sport activities, and will get to know the villages, with their traditions and community life.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a mountain shelter inside the Park, at 1500 meters above sea level.

Location: Petralia Sottana, province of Palermo, Sicilia region. The Regional Park of Madonie extends over 794 sq. km in the north-centre of Sicily and includes the highest and most ancient mountains in the region. The project will take place in Piano Battaglia which is the second highest Sicilian peak (1600 m), after Etna Vulcan. It is situated in a wonderful natural landscape: a wide karstic area in the heart of the Madonie mountains surrounded by an ancient beech forest.

Terminal: Nearest airport and train station are in Palermo

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
August 1 - August 15, 2016
August 17 - August 31, 2016

Environmental and historic preservation of the area of Lavino Hot Springs
Scafa, Abruzzo       August 8 - August 22, 2016

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 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 is 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; Pescara airports; Scafa train station

Age range: 18 and over

Renovating mountain trails in Madonie Regional Park
Petralia Sottana, Sicily       August 17 - August 31, 2016

Volunteer project: In the heart of Madonie Regional Park in Sicily, the volunteers will renovate and open mountain trails for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.
The workcamp is part of a wider project which aims at raising the natural and touristic value of the Madonie Regional Park, through the creation of educational and environmental facilities and activities. The seasonal tourism linked to winter sports will lead to the reduction and fragmentation of the natural areas with serious environmental damages. The purpose of the project is to divert this direction towards protection of the territory and valorization of the cultural and historic heritage as key to stimulate innovative quality and new economic trends, in respect to the mountain biodiversity.

The volunteers will work on the maintenance and creation of mountain trails inside the Regional park (also using GPS mapping), creation and installation of tourist signs and fences, removal of weed and fire monitoring. They will also do some renovation work in the mountain shelter and the surrounding area.

Study part: Biodiversity of the Madonie Park, sustainable tourism and ancient traditions of Sicily, Mediterranean genesis and geology, climate change.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers will explore the Park, also through sport activities, and will get to know the villages, with their traditions and community life.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a mountain shelter inside the Park, at 1500 meters above sea level.

Location: Petralia Sottana, province of Palermo, Sicilia region. The Regional Park of Madonie extends over 794 sq. km in the north-centre of Sicily and includes the highest and most ancient mountains in the region. The project will take place in Piano Battaglia which is the second highest Sicilian peak (1600 m), after Etna Vulcan. It is situated in a wonderful natural landscape: a wide karstic area in the heart of the Madonie mountains surrounded by an ancient beech forest.

Terminal: Nearest airport and train station are in Palermo

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
August 1 - August 15, 2016
August 17 - August 31, 2016

Family project: Enhancing the environment in Majella National Park
Pretoro, Abruzzo       August 19 - August 31, 2016

Volunteer project: Italian and foreign families will take part in this project.
Within the wonderful Majella National Park, we will work for the maintenance of the paths and, in particular, of the Faunal Area of Wolf and Roe Deer, renovating the trails along Valle del Foro.

The goal of the project is the restoration and maintenance of the Faunal Area of Wolf and Roe Deer of Serramonacesca, the valorization of Pretoro village and the maintenance of the Park trails near the Environmental Education Centre.
The volunteers will take part in trail arrangement, clearing invasive vegetation, placing and restoring signs along the paths and restoration of some significant places.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the Environmental Education Centre: 4 rooms will be available.

Location: Pretoro, province of Chieti, Abruzzo region.
The town of Pretoro, of Roman origins (Praetorium), has nowadays a typical medieval structure. Among the most interesting relics of the past are the cave mills, located in the valley, where the millers worked with ancient methods until a few decades ago. Within the walls of Pretoro, the art of wood carving is still alive, although very downsized compared to the past, which can be seen in valuable artifacts.
Overlooking the valley of the Forum and on the hills of Chieti, Pretoro is the northern gate of the Majella National Park. The environment is rich in ecological peculiarities and popular ancient and fascinating traditions, showing the harmony between man and nature.

Terminal: Nearest train stations are Pescara and Chieti; Nearest airports are Pescara and Rome.

Age range: 4 and over

Extra fee: 170 Euro (for 1 adult + 1 child); 230 Euro (for 1 adult + 2 children); 290 Euro (for 1 adult + 3 children); 300 Euro (for 2 adults + 1 child); 380 Euro (for 2 adults + 2 children); 440 Euro (for 2 adults + 3 children). No extra fee for children under 5.

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

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