AFSAI accepts applicants from 18 to 35 years old, but exceptions for older applicants are possible. The volunteers usually have community placement and social work activities.
Placements in Italy are possible in alternative living situation (community). Placements in host families are very rare and possible only in very exceptional cases.  In Italy volunteers could be placed both in Northern, Central and Southern Italy as well as in the two main islands: Sardinia and Sicily.
Most of our placements are based in small villages, surrounded by nature and nice fileds. 

AFSAI HOSTING PROGRAMME OFFERS

  • Collection at airport or at the train station. The arrival airport change according to the placement;   
  • Placement in a local project;
  • Accommodation at the project and food 7 days per week;
  • Volunteers Orientation via skype with AFSAI staff.
  • Project orientation upon arrival and ongoing support from project mentor;
  • Ongoing support from AFSAI office;
  • Emergency support from AFSAI office (24/7);
  • Certificates (if required);
  • Visa support information (if necessary);
  • Invitation to any training organized by AFSAI with International Volunteers (usually 3 a year)

ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will work 35 hours per week for all projects FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY. The volunteering shifts might vary according to hosting project needs. Week-ends (Saturdays and Sundays) are usually free. If the participant is asked to volunteer on Saturdays and Sundays s/he can have 2 free days the following week. Only Farms ask the volunteers to volunteer also on Saturdays mornings, but volunteering hours are always 35 per week. 

Referente

Aurora Caruso
+39 06 5370332
steps@afsai.it 

FIELD: elderly people

The organization “ASILO VALDESE” is a member of the Valdese Church. It is a no profit organization which takes care of elderly people since more than 100 years. It is located in Luserna San Giovanni, near to Torino city.

Asilo Valdese hosts about 150 persons, 85 of them are no self sufficient. Asilo Valdese is authorized from the local sanitary organization – ASL (local health authority) and collaborates with it for not self –sufficient people’s assistance.

One of our projects’ aim is try to satisfy elders’ needs in the Pinerolo area, through:

  • Specialized centers fully equipped for the host of non-sufficient elder people;
  • Equipped residences for non-sufficient elder people;
  • Social assistance daily center;
  • Social canteen for disadvantaged people living in the area near the organization;
  • Laundry service  for the elder people living in closer villages.

In Asilo Valdese’s structures different persons like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, animators, kitchen and cleaning staff and administrative staff work together for the implementation of its services.

Asilo often benefits from the presence of some volunteers from local, national and international organizations.

Asilo Valdese is settled in Luserna San Giovanni, A village of  8.000 inhabitants, 462 meters high in the  pre-mountain area.  The village is settled in Valpellice area, an Alpine Valley in Torino’s province (The Valpellices  territory is a pre-alpine and alpine area and its name comes from its river called Pellice)

Volunteers will support the staff within the following areas: recreational lab, day centre, physiotherapy, basic assistance, as described as follows:

  • Recreational activities (with social workers’ supervision) : cooperation in the management of the group activities like music  activities, games, manual labs. During these activities the volunteer can help the hosts to improve their interactive capacities through the development of interpersonal relations. Volunteers will have the possibility to propose new ideas and activities connected with their skills and interest.
  • Physiotherapy (with the physiotherapists’ supervision): collaboration in the organization of the soft gym group activities, help the not self sufficient hosts during the walks and during the soft gym in order to improve their physical skills;
  • Daily centre (with the service managers supervision): collaboration in the different recreational activities (single or group ones) proposed in the daily centers. Going and come back with the hosts from their house to Asilo Valdese by a bus driven by a social worker.
  • Soft basic assistance (with the coordinator and the staff supervision). Cooperation during the meals and tea time for non-sufficient hosts. Help the staff in preparing some hosts and order their beds.
Conditions

The volunteers accommodation is located 800 m far from the centre.

The house consist  of 2 single bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower, 1 living room with TV and stereo. There is also a kitchen  where the volunteers can cook his/her own food but if they want it is possible to have meals in Asilo as well.

In the house there is a washing machine for the volunteers, clothes but the bed-sheets are usually washed in the Asilo Valdese’s laundry.

During the project, Asilo lands a bicycle for each volunteer who can use it for going to the centre and can use it also during his /her free time.

Additionally to a laundry services Asilo provides soaps for the cleaning of the house (but the volunteer has to clean the rooms in which he/she lives) and also soap for his/her personal care.

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