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. 


  • 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)


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. 


Aurora Caruso
+39 06 5370332 

FIELD: elderly people

The Asilo dei vecchi di San Germano (also called simply the “Asilo”) is a residence for the elderly owned by the Diaconia Valdese (, the social national organisation of the Waldensian Church (, a reformed minority church in Italy.

The Asilo is located in a small village called San Germano Chisone, 1,800 inhabitants in Chisone valley. Torino (Turin), 800,000 inhabitants, is about 70 minutes away by bus. Pinerolo, 35,000 inhabitants, is 10 minutes away by bus.

The total hosting capacity of the Asilo consists of 94 elderly people, many of whom suffer from disabilities (non self-sufficient elderly and mentally disturbed people). 

Role and Tasks of the volunteers:

In Asilo dei Vecchi the volunteers have their own 'tutor' - a person who helps him/her with the integration process in the working place (task support). The tutor is one of the animators at the Asilo. Every volunteer has also his own “mentor” – a former volunteer helping him/her with the integration in the local community

Standard activities (coordinated by the staff)

  • Collaborating in preparing meals and, in the case of non-self-sufficient residents, helping to administer/distribute drinks and food;
  • Participating in existing entertainment and/or workshops (song, manual activities, photographs,  painting, reading, gardening, etc.) oriented towards the structure’s residents;
  • Collaborating in the rehabilitative and therapeutic program (soft gym, gymnastics for the elderly, physiotherapy);
  • Accompanying residents to external centers, and/or dispatching commissions (shopping);
  • Accompanying residents on holidays, local trips, and residential holidays by the sea or in the mountains (also extended);
  • Participating in team meetings;
  • Participating in formative and monitoring/supervisory meetings, geared either towards volunteers or staff.


Meals are generally taken at the canteen of the structure, together with the staff. Volunteers have fridge and microwave in their flat and in their free days / time can get the food from the canteen and heat it at home. 


International volunteers at Asilo dei Vecchi share an indipendent flat situated at a walking distance (5 minutes) from the centre, with one double room and a kitchen. The flat is located in the centre of San Germano, where the volunteers can find a post office, a bank and a bus station (10 minutes walk), with buses to Pinerolo (10 minutes) and Turin (70 minutes). In Pinerolo the volunteers can find cinemas, pubs and sport facilities (swimming-pool, tennis, etc.). The mountains around are wonderful and the volunteers can enjoy walks in the nature and trekking.

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