Organising environmental workshops
and horseback riding school for children in Sicily
Calatabiano, Sicily March 19 - April 2, 2014
Volunteer project: The international
volunteers will work in cooperation with a local volunteer association
that works in the field of environmental protection and social service
for charity and solidarity in Sicily. They work with horses in the
• Social Field: in the work with socially disadvantaged and disabled people, where horses can help tear down barriers and facilitate social inclusion.
• Environmental protection: through surveillance of protected areas (parks, forest reserves, oasis), especially in areas non accessible by vehicles as well as for raising awareness among tourists on the issue of respect for forests and the environment.
• Educational programs in schools: teaching about safeguarding and conservation of biodiversity; reforestation to fight environmental decay.
• Civil protection: prevention of natural disasters (blazes, hydrogeological instability and other events caused by humans) and research.
One of the most important fields of action is the use of horses for the promotion of territorial and Sicilian identity for a better understanding, appreciation and conscious preservation of local forests. The Nebrodi national park in particular is one of the protected areas. With its great natural, cultural and environmental value, it represents an ideal site for trekking and horse-tourism lovers.
A team of international volunteers will support the
association in the implementation of a project that aims at fostering
the integration between disabled and non-disabled kids and youngsters
(6–15 years old) through environmental education workshops.
The volunteers will be involved in workshops and outdoor activities such as:
• Promoting reuse and recycling by making products from recycled materials
• Creative painting
• Recycled paper making from old newspapers
• Horseback riding school for kids and youngsters
• Planting new trees and plants at the workcamp site
We are looking for volunteers who are creative, able to work independently and in a team, and who show initiative spirit, good will and ability to adapt.
Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can visit the amazing Taormina (25 km), Catania (1 hour away) or have excursions to the Etna volcano.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the center, where the project activities will take place.
Location: The project is based in the wonderful landscape of Fiumefreddo di Sicilia. It is close to the Natural Reserve of Fiumefreddo (Cold River), 600 meters from the seaside (Marina di Cottone beach, Blue flag for crystalline water). The place is surrounded by uncontaminated nature with awesome views over giant palm groves and Etna Volcano, which can be seen from the balcony.
Terminal: Catania Airport
Age range: 18 - 35 years old
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."
Cadip volunteer 2009 and 2011
and Nicole C.,
Cadip volunteer 2011
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 makes the Park an extraordinary natural botanical garden.
Special remarks: Ability and predisposition to walk and work on mountain paths is required.
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 / Lecco railway station
Age range: 18 and over