Projects Abroad Volunteer with Refugees project in Italy
90% Rating
(2 Reviews)

Projects Abroad Volunteer with Refugees project in Italy

Projects Abroad has partnered with local Italian organizations to work directly with refugees immigrants. Volunteers will get involved in 'second response' work, helping refugees integrate into life in Italy and teaching them valuable skills they need for adapting.

Visit Project's Abroad website for more details.

Locations
Europe » Italy
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Project Types
Language
English
Housing
Apartment
Host Family
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Other Locations
Calabria and surrounding towns

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Program Reviews (2)

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Nicole
Female
29 years old
British Columbia, Canada
Other

Unforgettable

10/10

I volunteered at the refugee project in Italy for my school's practicum for 4 weeks and it was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I went into the program not really having much of an idea of what would be expected of me or what my jobs would entail. I quickly found myself doing things I had no idea I could do, such as teach english and fitness classes (thank god for Google!) The project coordinators are really accommodating to make sure that you only have an amount of work that you are comfortable with and try to help you with any extra travel plans you may wish to do on the weekends. Many of these travel abroad projects you live with a host family, however in Camini you live in a communal house with other volunteers and all eat together in the dining hall at the office. Cosimina, my new Italian Nonna, cooked for us breakfast, lunch and dinner and never disappointed! The food was always amazing and she is very accommodating if you have food allergies/dislikes. My first week in Italy I got my bearings around town and my duties. The second week I began to make connections with the refugees and the locals alike. My third week I really deepened those connections, and my fourth week I began to see all my hard work come together as I saw some of the changes I had made in Camini and the people in it. Overall, the experience was an emotional rollercoaster with many highs and lows. But I'm so glad for the lows because the highs wouldn't have been as high. I made connections with people I never would have had an opportunity to make otherwise, not only with the refugees but with the locals and the other volunteers as well. Camini truly stole a place in my heart and I hope to go back one day.

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Melissa
Female
25 years old
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
California State University

Volunteering in Camini, Italy

8/10

My experience had its ups and down. The positive parts of this experience involve getting to know volunteers as good friends, meeting people from around the world, and learning new things about yourself through being in a complex environment. The downsides include possible bad roommates, bugs, and heatstroke.

Basically what happens is that the volunteers become good friends with you, almost to the point where you can bond with some of them as if you were family if you luck out and you both are there for similar amount of time. That doesn’t mean that everyone will get along with you, and like any other place out there in the world, there is the possibility of bad roommates. For me, it was just the age difference that showed maturity gaps because I was on average at least 6 years older than the other women in the house I was staying in. If I had been there longer with them in the room, I would’ve requested a room switch, but the universe made it so that I was in a room by myself for most of my trip. I had forgotten that I’m not 18 anymore when I applied for the project, and I think being aware of this stuff is something that is crucial for someone if they are to stay there for a month, for instance.

Depending on where you get placed (work wise), you can get to know the refugees quite well. I enjoyed this part the most because I got to dance with them, eat with them, meet women who spoke 7 languages fluently, and experience many other things. As a woman, I was encouraged heavily right off the bat to work with mostly children in daycare, and I knew right away that it would not be a good fit for me. The people who work in the project are very accommodating and are eager to help you make the most of your experience. Realizing I couldn’t work with the children too much for a number of reasons (attachment being the main reason), I found myself much happier with the adult refugees and when I worked within the library. You become very attached to people in this tiny town because you are around them all the time, and when I got heatstroke, I felt very cared for by everyone despite going through the very un-fun experience of getting sick in a foreign country. There’s also the bugs, which can be beaten with bug spray on at all times. The times I forgot, I regretted it deeply. I came home with around 20 bug bites due to forgetting to put on bug spray for 2 hours on my last day there.

Nevertheless, you really get to experience a community like no other when you go on this trip, and while it isn’t perfect, and by no means a vacation, you leave with memories that make you wonder when you’ll visit again to see how much the town has changed in a couple of years.

How can this program be improved?

Be aware of possible roommate issues. They tend to just organize the rooming situation solely by gender, and don't take into account age too.

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Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast variety of programs geared towards those

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