Urban Forest Conservation

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High­lights

Put all your energy into the conservation of an area that is of great historical and natural interest
Join a project very hands-on outdoor focused on the maintenance of an ecosystems with thousands animals
Meet other volunteers from all over the world
Benefit from the guidance of the local team regarding the planning of your free time
Discover the Italian culture with all its history, art, cuisine and natural beauty
You will work in a forest grown in the crater of a volcano. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50

International Napoli Network (INN) is a cooperative that partners with local public schools and NGOs to provides resources that support health and welfare, environmental conservation, education. Volunteers and interns are placed with partner NGOs and we support you and our partners during your placement.

INN is partnering with Oasi degli Astroni, a natural protected area between the city of Naples and the Phlygrean Fields.

The crater has an extension of about 250 hectares and a perimeter of about 6.5 km. The eruptive activity manifested itself in 7 different eruptions, which began about 4100 years ago and ended about a century later

The Oasis, with more than 600.000 trees (many of them grown over the centuries) is the home for many species of animals. Birds are among the most numerous animals and certainly among the easiest to observe with over 130 species populating the crater throughout the year: ducks, herons, birds of prey, woodpeckers and many small passerines. The crater is the nesting site of five majestic species of diurnal birds of prey: peregrine falcon, kestrel, sparrow hawk, buzzard and honey buzzard. There are many species of reptiles, anphibex and mammals and a huge number of invertebrates (about 55 different butterflies among the others). 

The Oasis therefore has a significant impact with its natural heritage on the city's ecosystem and makes a decisive contribution to purifying the atmosphere in the city's western districts. 

Volunteers have the opportunity to help preserve the natural protected area their tasks will vary depending on their background.  Volunteers can expect physically rewarding work.

Among the activties, in particular from Mid June to Mid August there's always to join activities of fire prevention with patroling of specific areas. 

Fires are one of the most important threats during the summer season in the Mediterranean area and a few years ago, this area was also affected by a large fire that affected a large number of trees.

Other activities are always outdoors and of a physical nature, such as path cleaning and vegetation care. The oasis also has a beehive, which is useful for educational activities for children, but also for the conservation of a species that is fundamental for regulating the balance of the ecosystem. Volunteers take part in beehive and bee care activities.

For those with additional skills, depending on the needs of the oasis, desk support for translations, communication activities among others can also be considered. 

Work schedule depends on the current workload and the weather and will be discussed with the Oasis staff. 


Typical day

After the initial orientation, volunteers will have a morning shift on placement and will work for approximately 3 to 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday.

Free-time activities

Italy is universally recognized for its history, art, culture, cuisine and natural beauty, so there is absolutely no shortage of things to see and do while in Naples or further afield in Italy! Naples has many UNESCO World Heritage sites and volunteers can fill their free time visiting the many historical sites and attractions, tasting the amazing cuisine, sipping espresso in the many café bars or simply exploring parts of Naples by wandering through the beautiful alleys. Rome, home to the Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel, is just an hour from Naples by train, and the ancient ruins of Pompeii or the gorgeous island of Capri are also just 45 minutes away. 

Nature lovers can hike the nearby Mt. Vesuvius and visit the beautiful Almalfi Coast to complete the “Walk of the Gods”. Volunteers staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their program, can visit areas further afield in Italy including; Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Milan, Pisa and so much more! Volunteers can make travel arrangements once in Naples, with the advice and guidance of our team.
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Resume and Cover Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project is well suited to volunteers who are highly motivated and self-driven and those who like to work outdoor and are fit for physical work. Essential Skills include an open-minded attitude and the desire to learn.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by International Napoli Network

Accommodation, self catered breakfast, support and supervision by local team are included in the fee. Also a work insurance is provided by the organisation. 

If you would prefer to arrange your own accomodation, we provide extra discount and a customized estimate.

Accommodation

The accommodation is located in the central area of the historical centre of Naples, close to all facilities, metro stations, restaurants, cafés and shops. It consists in dormitory style rooms for maximum 4 volunteers, a gendered bathroom, common kitchen or kitchenette and a garden. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, biscuit bread, cookies, fruit). 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP) in Naples. We assist you to find cheap flights to Italy.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Italy provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Italy you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Italy.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This program is not available during the period November - March.

When the program is open we suggest volunteers to join the program on Mondays. Volunteers who can't join the program in those days are still accepted.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$519
4 weeks
$653
5 weeks
$770
6 weeks
$888
7 weeks
$1,006
8 weeks
$1,124
9 weeks
$1,236
10 weeks
$1,348
11 weeks
$1,455
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,101
Average fees
$174 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. International Napoli Network will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with International Napoli Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Urban Forest Conservation

You will work in a forest grown in the crater of a volcano.

$163/week

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