Refugee Project in Italy
- Placement locations: Calabria, Camini
- Types of care projects: Refugee centres
- Role: To help refugees and migrants integrate into life in Italy
- Accommodation: Host family or apartment accommodation
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport,transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Requirements: Volunteers must be aged 18 or older
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Europe is facing a refugee and migrant crisis. Tens of thousands of desperate people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are crossing thousands of kilometres of dangerous terrain and braving the Mediterranean in appalling conditions, all for the chance for a better life for themselves and their families. Many die en route, often tragically in the last stretch of sea before they reach the European coastline.
For those that arrive safely, the struggle often doesn’t end. Government agencies and infrastructure have proven unable to cope with the sheer number of people arriving and needing help. It’s up to private individuals and organisations to take up the slack and help the many thousands of refugees and migrants already in Europe and who are arriving daily.
What does the Refugee Project involve?
Projects Abroad has partnered with local organisations operating in southern Italy to work directly with refugees and migrants.
Our main focus is on ‘second response’ work, helping refugees and migrants, particularly children, access services and support as they adjust to their new lives. We work in various locations in and around the city of Calabria and the village Camini, where refugees and migrants have been relocated and housed. A large variety of skills and expertise are needed at these placements.
There is also space on this project for volunteers to contribute their own ideas of how to help, based on the current needs of the placement. Due to the urgent and unpredictable nature of this project, there is room for volunteers to use their own initiative in collaboration with the local partners and staff.
Your role as a volunteer
We're looking for general volunteers to:
- Work in a reception centre to assist unaccompanied minors coming from Africa and the Middle East in their daily life and to promote their integration into a new culture.
- Organise and assist with language classes (especially English, Italian and French), computer classes, sport sessions (mainly football), acting classes, outings, general games and team building activities that can improve the children’s education and promote integration into life in Italy.
- Assist the local staff at reception centres with their daily tasks, house management and care of the children. This may include running cultural workshops that could incorporate discussions on religion, gender, working culture, and general life skills.
- Support the local community at the Help Centre or at the soup kitchen for migrants and homeless people, and help sort clothes in storage at the port.
- During their stay, volunteers may have the chance to assist the local “Coordinamento” at the port of Reggio Calabria when there are boats coming from Africa. If there is a need, volunteers will help with the distribution of first necessity items (such as food, water, blankets, shoes and clothing), organisation and cleaning of the spaces at the port, and providing general support to the new arrivals.
- Assist at or run a daycare centre for babies and children.
- Teach community English classes for children, teenagers, or adults.
- Support disabled members of the community (assisting them in their homes, making sure that they eat their meals, and helping them move around if needed).
- Plan and run workshops (the focus of the workshop depends on the volunteer. Previous volunteers have run woodwork and painting workshops, where they worked with skilled refugees and migrants or taught new skills).
- Plan and run social activities for the community (previous volunteers have organised walks, movie nights, and a beauty salon evening).
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.