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Italy is one of the most popular nations to visit in Europe, and it is rightly so. Italy is a nation full of amazing food, fashion, art and architecture. It is a nation with a rich history and unlimited attractions.

Though volunteer opportunities in Italy are little more sparse than tourist attractions, it's truly a unique and genuine way to experience Italian culture. If you want to volunteer in Italy on your next trip abroad, several programs offer placements with projects working in agriculture, education, and marine conservation.

Program Types

Agriculture/Farming:

Italy has extensive areas meant for farming. There are opportunities in Italy for volunteers to live on a farm with an Italian family. Volunteers help with harvesting, animal care, and selling produce in markets, among other tasks.

One of the best ways to look for volunteering opportunities with agriculture is through WWOOF or other work exchange websites like HelpStay.

Teaching

There are many opportunities for teaching in Italy as there is a need for competent teachers. As a teacher, you will mostly be working with children in schools. You will teach students everything from American songs and games to written and conversational English.

Marine Conversation

Italy is located on the Mediterranean Sea, a sea which contributes to the beauty of the nation. The Mediterranean Sea is known for its dolphins. Unfortunately however, the dolphin population has been rapidly declining in the last several years. As a volunteer, you will help in dolphin research and learn about photo identification and remote tracking.

Planning Your Trip

NGO/Nonprofits:

Italy, and its capital city of Rome in particular have a number of nonprofit organizations that work in diverse areas. They work in areas such as education, poverty, and human rights.

Best Places To Volunteer:

  • Rome: Italy’s capital and largest city, home to the most number of tourist attractions.
  • Sicily: largest Island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a very rich and unique culture.
  • Puglia: region in Southern city, known for its archaeological regions.

Health & Safety

No vaccinations are required for volunteers in Italy. However, if you plan on visiting the nation during November to April, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Influenza. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.

Italy is a safe nation and crime is rare. Whatever crime tourists will experience will be mostly limited to pickpocketing in large tourist attractions and big city centers.

Featured Volunteer Programs in Italy

Volunteer Programs in Italy

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General Volunteer Abroad Scholarships

GoEco Volunteer Scholarships

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$1,000 - $3,000

To assist prospective volunteers in taking part in one of their programs, GoEco, an eco-tourism company, awards one flight voucher of $1,000 and...

Omprakash Ethical Global Engagement Grants

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$500 - $1,500

Ethical Global Engagement Grants support travel, living, and EdGE tuition expenses for exceptional candidates. The expectation is that recipients join...

Operation Groundswell Financial Needs Grant

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$500 - $1,500

For those interested in an Operation Groundswell program, consider applying for financial assistance through the Operation Groundswell Financial Needs...

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Teach English in Sicily – Tax-Deductible Starting $2,972

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Teach English in Sicily – Tax-Deductible Starting $2,972

Loved being in one city -Castelvetrano - for a period of time, felt like home. The hospitality school I worked in gave me an insight to the high school system in Sicily - teachers change classes not...
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