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 Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto was built in 1898 aiming to support and host ill elders coming from other health care centers. Nowadays Rifugio is run by the Valdese church with the help of volunteers and staff members.

The Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto is made up by two main structures:

  • The main one, which hosts 84, most of them non-self sufficient elders or affecyed by dementia, some disabled adults;
  • The daily centre for 12 people affected by Alzheimer or dementia;
  • A third minor structure is the Caffè Alzheimer, in Pinerolo town.


The volunteer will be involved in the daily center and in the residential center. During the first period of adaptation, he/she will test each activity to understand which one is most suitable to his/her skills and attitudes. This phase is very important in order to implement the project’s goals and to overcome possible communication problems with the guests. According to this, any of the activities described below will be open to volunteer’s suggestions. 



The volunteer will have a single or double room with bathroom inside the project structure at the last floor which is an area reserved to the volunteers.


The volunteer will have breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the project with the guests. Having lunch or dinner with the other people is seen as a good way to share and live together.

The volunteer will be provided with a fridge in order to keep personal extra food and drinks.


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