WORK: The volunteers will support the local community in different renovational and environmental activities. Volunteers will be involved in the following tasks: Cleaning, maintaining and restoring walking paths. Social activities with the youth and elderly from the village (cooking together, playing cards, organizing game program and free time activity together).
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Volunteers will sleep in the gym with mattresses and sleeping bags. There are showers and toilets in the gym. Regarding the meals, they will be prepared with local and organic food respecting its seasonality and sustainability. Cooperative organization of meals and cleaning.
LEISURE AND LOCATION: Leisure: during their free time, volunteers could make some excursions (hiking, trekking, orienteering, night under the stars) ñ some workshops (cheese making, soap making, handmade pasta, bread and pizza etc…) – practice sports (swimming pool, climbing, low ropes, yoga) – and milking with local farmers to learn to work with mules. IMPORTANT: – Won’t be possible to visit Rome – The free time activity will be organized by the leads to allow participants to explore the village and surroundings.
Location: Roccantica(RI) Lazio, Central Italy. Approximately 40 kilometers northeast of Rome, the area called Sabina, where Roccantica is located, is a part of the Apennine chain. The landscape is made of hills covered with olives, which rise towards steeper mountains, with extensive oak woods and small medieval villages, castles and monasteries. It is a landscape that has remained substantially unchanged over time and little affected by modern building development. Roccantica is located on the slopes of the “Pizzuto”mountain at 454 meters. of height.
ALA-Associazione Liberi Artigiani is an NGO created in October 2009 and oriented to the creation of opportunities to support social inclusion, inter-cultural integration and employability for young people and adults from Italy and all over Europe. These projects involve individuals and communities as well as non-profit organizations active on a local, national and international level. In late 2014, ALA started the renovation of a mountain refuge located in the middle of the Sabine Mountains to organise youth training programs and initiatives, to host mountain lovers who want to discover the beauties of Sabina. From 2015, ALA works with different target groups up on the mountains and in collaboration withthe nearby village of Roccantica. The cooperation with the local community is based on supporting citizen to get in contact with youth from all over the word and get the benefit of multiculturality.
REQUIREMENTS: To be ready to walk and go for trekking, here the mountains are the most important natural heritage. To Come with proper equipments (trekking shoes, working clothes, etc…). To be ready to be in small village, no shops. To be open minded. To be ready to act in the middle age fest and show organized by the local community. To be ready to cooperate in any kind of preparation work ( cleaning, painting, cooking, serving meals and drinks, etc…) To be ready to live a group experience base on life in common, exchange, cooperation, teamwork. To live in an isolated village. To do an effort of communication, nobody in the village speaks English. A project related motivation letter is needed.
TERMINAL: Rome FCO, then direct train to Poggio Mirteto, or Rome CIA, connection with train and bus.
EXTRA FEE: 200 for international volunteers; 265 as extra for italian volunteers.