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

The Association “Insieme si può ONLUS” runs a hosting house community for disabled (18 persons with psyco disease) with social-rieducational-rehabilitating purposes and a group in an apartament 4 people living togheter to experience the daily life and gain indipendence. Professional social workers and national volunteers work in the community in order to help the guests in the rehabilitation and in social interaction.The aim is to make the guests achieve independence in daily life and to support the guests’ families. Actually the age of the hosts is between 26-59 and some of them have more then one handicap, with physical and psychical disabilities.

The volunteer will be mainly involved in these activities:

  • Activities connected with the development of the individual autonomy: the aim of all the centre activities is to improve and develop the autonomy of the hosts with regards to their autonomy in transport in the domestic activities, in the use of money in the interpersonal relations, in the determination of own choices and in the auto-determination in general;
  • Activities connected with the personal care of the hosts (teeth brushing atfer the meal, having a shower after the sporta activies etc.);
  • Activities connected to stimulate the physical  capacities (hippo therapy, swimming, psychomotor activities, manual laborations: orthographic laboratary to  development the linguistics skills and laboratary of foreigner languages to improve the knowleadge and the intergration with other cultures);
  • Activities connected with the eye-watching during breaks;
  • Activities connected with the house setting and with the planning of the daily timetable (volunteers will be involved in the staff meetings for the planning of the week activities and in the organiazation of the common space to be used with hosts);
  • Activities connected with the social activities run inside the centre and outside the centre (participate in the public meetings during exhibitions, participate in stage\theatre shows and in going out for movies or music concerts, trips to touristic places etc…);
  • Activities connected with the theatre and cultural laboratories (after being an educative path, in the occasion of specific holidays the association organizes theatre and music shows in which it is welcome the active participation of the volunteers).

At the beginning the volunteer  works with the supervision of the social workers, but volunteer will be also welcome to organize autonomously new activities, which can be proposed by the staff or by the volunteer itself. Moreover, the Association is open to the promotion of new activities and new projects connected  to the volunteers personal experience.

Conditions

Accommodation

The association provides the volunteers a room with bathroom, that will be shared with other volunteers, in a separate apartment but located in the same structure.

The room is at the school floor of the daily centre and next to the Gruppo Appartmento, the kitchen is in a common space and for common use with the hosts of the Gruppo Appartmento, so it is fundamental to respect the timetable when to use it and to keep it tidy. In this way it is possible to create a good and responsible cohabitation.

Food

The volunteers can cook their own food. 

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