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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



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




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


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





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