CROCEVIA DEI POPOLI
minimum stay is 6 weeks (900 €), each extra week is 100€. Duration of stay : 4 to 16 weeks. Basic level of Italian knowledge required, open to female volunteers preferably.
- Code : AFSAI-02
- Dispo : / 3F (Total Part 3)
- Langue du Projet : ITA / ITA
- Age : 18 - 99
A.P.E.-Crocevia dei Popoli (Association to Educate- Encounters of peoples)- is a volunteering association inscribed in the Register of Volunteering Organizations of Tuscany since 1992. The association is based in a House called “House Crocevia dei Popoli”, that used to be an elementary school belonging to the Diocesan Caritas. The organization is located in Località Fiorentina, 5 kms far from the centre of the city of Piombino. — ACTIVTIES The volunteers will implement their service in A.P.E.-Crocevia dei Popoli. Currently APE-Crocevia dei Popoli’s main activities are run in close cooperation with the Diocesan Caritas. The most important activities we carry out are: ? Education in schools (October-June). We believe that education helps student develop their ability to continue learning about and applying principles for justice and peace. Our Education staff provide resources and presentations for schools, visit schools, introduce speakers, conduct leadership training days, and encourage action for a fair and just world. ? Training of Italian volunteers attending the Regional and National Civil Service for our organization and 12 for the municipality of Piombino: ? Training of social workers and volunteers of Caritas and of Catholic civic pastoral; ? We act also as the operating centre for the GREM (Regional Group for Education for Multiculturalism and New Lifestyles) ? Sometimes we host single mothers with their kids and/or families with social or economical problems. In the past we have also hosted young women victims of the human trafficking phenomena; ? We also support Caritas in social and educational projects carried in the local prisons. Currently our organization can host 2 volunteers at the same time who will be involved in the following activties 1) Educational activities in elementary and middle schools (students from 6 up to 14 years old) only from October till June. The education activities will be focused on several topics such as: Citizenship, Immigration, Peace, Respect for “The Other”, Environment protection ect 2) Organization of Youth leisure activities for local youngsters of the city of Piombino or other close cities; 3) Listening Centre for disadvantaged people (homeless, families with economic problems, youngsters coming for difficult urban areas or with difficult familiar background); 4) Dresses and food distribution to poor families or homeless people; 5) Any king of Support activities for disadvantaged people; 6) Joint activities with the Municipality of Piombino for youth activities organized by local volunteers. The volunteers will have the chance of being involved in some or all the mentioned activities, depending on the time of the year they arrive and their interests and personal attitudes. We will welcome also the volunteers’ own initiatives. Therefore if by any chance there will be volunteers who have any ideas for new activities we will try to give them the chances and the resources to implement them. The association APE Crocevia Dei Popoli, in close cooperation with the Caritas, have worked together for many years hosting foreign volunteers. We have also worked with the European Voluntary Service programme (EVS by hosting volunteers from Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Brasil and Japan. We believe that the foreign volunteers should be the real protagonists of their service with their doubts and their opinions. We wish they will be open to share their culture in order to establish positive human relationships with all those that they will meet during their experience in Italy.
Board and Lodging: The hosting House, Crocevia dei Popoli, is a nice building surrounded by a wide fenced garden, completely conceived to be used by groups of people The volunteers will share the spaces of the house with the others inhabitants of the house. The house is structured in this way: on the first floor there are one room for the volunteers, a bathroom, (possibility of a kitchenette), a large living room conceived for meetings and trainings, a small and discreet chapel, a shared kitchen and a laundry. Close to that flat there is another smaller flat who hosts form time to time a disadvantaged family.
Piombino is an Italian townand “comune” of nearly 35,000 inhabitants in the province of Livorno (Tuscany). It lies on the border between the Ligurian Sea and theTyrrhenian Sea, in front of Elba Island and at the Northern side of Maremma. Piombino has schools, gymnasia (middle schools), lyceums (high schools), churches, banks, parks and squares. In the locality of Punta Falcone is an astronomical observatory, created in 1976.
Volunteers will work 35 hours per week for all projects, usually 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. STARTING DATES Volunteers can arrive any day from Monday to Friday (possibly from 9 am till 8pm) except on Italian national holidays. — SPECIFIC Volunteers Profile : We would like to host volunteers (preferably girls, but this is not compulsory) who are open-minded, flexible, responsible, who are interested in social and/or education activities and like volunteering with disadvantaged people and like living in a familiar atmosphere. As stated above, APE-Crocevia dei Popoli works in very close cooperation with the Caritas organization (a Catholic organization), we will not ask volunteers to be catholic or to attend mass for example, but we wish the volunteers would be respectful towards religions in general. — Minimum stay is 6 weeks (900 €), each extra week is 100€. Duration of stay : 4 to 16 weeks. Basic level of Italian knowledge required, open to female volunteers preferably.