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: Kids 

SOS Children's Village Morosolo is part of SOS Kinderdorf International, based in Innsbruck, that is the third private organization in the world for the assistance of children in need. It has a permanent seat at UNESCO and it is located in 134 countries with 539 Villages and 1154 services targeted to families, kindergartens, schools, vocational and medical centers. The children that SOS Kinderdorf helped are 300,000 and there are 10 Emergency Programs active.

 

SOS Children's  - Village in Morosolo was founded in 1972 . It is a social cooperative operating in the field of Assistance and Prevention for Needy Families.

The SOS Village in Morosolo is composed by residential and daily services as follows:

  • 3 children’s residential homes where live children from 0 to 12 years old;
  • 2 residential communities for prepubescent and teenagers (female and male from 14 to 17 years old);; 
  • 2 residential houses for the autonomy of young people;
  • 1 residential house for Mom and Baby;
  • 1 residential Kindergarten (for children from 9 months to 3 years old);
  • A daily center where we offer pre-school, canteen assistance, homework, and school tutoring for minors between 6 and 14 years old.

We work for family reintegration, supporting the return of the children to the family of origin and keeping together groups of brothers. We take care of young pregnant women and/or mothers with their children (from 0 to 3 years old). Our preventive actions are implemented through projects and services in aid of families.

All the minors in the residential services are assigned to SOS Children's Village Morosolo by the governmental Social Services and independently from their religious, or ethnical background, since the Village S.O.S. considers Solidarity as a basic value, and one of the main aims to develop more widely, together with Tolerance, Respect, and Knowledge of the Others.

The SOS Children's Village also believes that hosting a volunteer all their aims and values can be reached through a process of approach to new and different people.

In fact, this experience provides for both the volunteer and the children the opportunity to enrich themselves personally. The Village believes this can be an important intercultural experience, providing an environment where the volunteer and the children can grow up and live together.

 

Conditions

VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES

According to their age volunteers will be engaged into different kind of activities. Volunteers from 18 up to 26 years old will be asked to volunteer in the kindergarten and their main tasks will be to help local staff in dealing with kids (1-3 years old).

Volunteers over 26 years old will be involved in activitie swith unaccompained minors. 

Herein we describe principal practical aspects:

Working hours and days off:
The volunteers will help and support the operators in the daily work. They will take the children/teenagers to school and help in the house chores in the morning; in the afternoon they will help the children/teenegers with their homework. They will work more or less from 9.00 to 13.00 in the morning, and then from 15.00 to 19.00 in the evening. Week ends are normally off.

Accommodation:
The volunteers will live in an apartment inside the project structure, and they will have a single room. The kitchen and bathroom are shared.

Language training:
Volunteers could be provided with an Italian language course in a local language center.

Food:
The volunteers can cook their own meals in the flat where they live. The Village provides the food.

Territory:
Casciago is a village with 4.000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by the Alps, and is by the Casciago Lake. From Casciago you can see the Monte Rosa. The economy of the region is based on the industry, mainly. The village is just 20 minutes away from the border with Switzerland, and one hour from Milan.

General Requirements:
Basic Italian Language knowledge is absolutely required
(at least A2 level upper than elementary). Volunteers must be able to understand given instructions at the hosting project and handle daily life situations.

 

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