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 and Farm 

Villa Villacolle is a house where lives a family that hosts small children (zero to five years old) abandoned by their families.

This is a unprofessional Casa Famiglia, on a voluntary basis. We are going to open an association during 2015, but right now there is only a family to manage the project. We are both educators with a long experience as social workers and we have two sons 12 and 13 years old.
 

Aims of the project: 
The idea is that the best thing for children is to live in their families, but when this is not possible, another family can give them something close to what they need. We host children for short period (1 year maximum) while the social service help their family to solve their problems, or to find the long term solution for the kids.

Conditions

Description of the tasks of the volunteer:
We look for volunteers that help in all the things that needs to be done in such a house:

  • taking care of children (when there are children in our house),
  • cleaning, 
  • cooking,
  • taking care of the garden,
  • preparing wood for the winter,
  • feeding the horse,
  • helping with honey bees.

PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS
Herein we describe principal practical aspects:

Working hours and days off:
We can arrange with the volunteers the best timetable for both us and them. We can be flexible, but usually we need help in the morning and in the afternoon, and sometimes in the evenings.

The volunteers could carry out the voluntary services from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 15:00 and then from 17.30 to 19.30. This timetable can change according to the needs of the children that we are hosting. 

Accomodation:
We will provide an independent apartment in the village (very close to the project).

Food:
The volunteers can have their meals with us, we are vegetarians, but they will also have a kitchen in the apartment, so sometimes they can also cook and eat their own food at home.

Language Course
The government of Sestri Levante usually provides free language course for foreigners and immigrants.

Local Transportations:
There are few buses that drive to the closest town (Varese Ligure), and others that go to the town where there is the train station (Sestri Levante).

Internet access:
We do have an internet key in our home.

Territory:
Campore
is a small village in the mountains (600 mt), 25 km from Sestri Levante on the sea side. There are very few people living here, and most of them are quite old. Varese Ligure is a more lively town and it is 10 km from here. This area is called the Biological Valley, there are no factories here, but a lot of nature.

General Requirements:
Since the village is small, calm and there are very few young people living hereby, we think it could be interesting to host two volunteers at the same time, and not only one. We look for volunteers who like a simple and quiet life and that want to join the daily life of an Italian family. 

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