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: disabled people

GSH is composed by a staff of 58 people, 15 of them are volunteers. It offers a big amount of different social and educational services in its structures and in the local community, such as:

  • Residential centre,
  • support for disabled students,
  • individual professional trainings,
  • educational individual trainings,
  • working daily center,
  • socio-educational center,
  •  library, psychological support.

Volunteers will be in particular involved in the activities developed in the socio educational centers, in the residential community, in some activities implemented in the community and during summer and winter holidays. 

The Residential center is a residential service for disabled people, characterized by a familiar atmosphere. This service is opened to disabled people who have not the possibility to live in their own home, or who would like to acquire more independence in living in a community.

Finally, volunteers will be encouraged to give their contribution and suggestions for the organization of activities of promotion and consciousness of local community about issues linked to disability (local campaigns, special events..). Moreover, according to their skills, they will be invited to cooperate in the elaboration of different GSH editorial initiatives: Annual GSH Service Charter, The “Clessidra Project” and the scientific magazine “Spazi e modelli”.

Conditions

Accommodation:

At GSH volunteers will be hosted in an independent wing of the Residential center, in comfortable single or double rooms. The kitchen will be in common with residential center’s guests. We think that the Kitchen will be mostly used only for little snacks, because principal meals will be provided every day by the hosting organization

Food:

GSH will provide three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) which will be served directly in the Residential Center. During the weekly activities volunteers working at the daily center will share lunch time with guests and eventually support them during meals. Special attention will be paid to the information concerning “alimentary special needs” included in volunteers application forms. All efforts will be done to take this information into serious account in preparing meals. 

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