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Marine & Archaeological Preservation

You'll work in the smallest Natural Protected Area of Europe: a historical area with an archaeological site with roman ruins at the borders of the city.

Gaiola Island

Your placement will be at Gaiola Island, one of the minor islands of 

Naples, and gives its name to the Underwater Park of Gaiola (Parco Sommerso di Gaiola), a protected marine area.

The Gaiola Underwater Park is an area of great interest, archaeologically and naturally because it juxtaposes ancient remains and biological colonies of animal and plant life flourishing in and around structures that have stood here since roman times. There are many remains of an ancient roman villa that lie underwater because of bradyseism, a geological phenomenon. It causes the lowering and the rising of the earth and of the sea level. We can assert that the coast line has been lowered of 3 – 4 meters since roman times. For this reason in this area it is possible to observe the remains of a roman harbour and of the roman moray eels ponds in addition to many others ancient structures. 

The Volunteer's Role

Volunteers on the Environmental project have the opportunity to help preserve the protected marine area and the archaelogical site. 

We have a variety of activities that volunteers may work with and they will be placed in an Environmental NGO requiring assistance at the time of their chosen program. Volunteer work may focus on environmental preservation and awareness, preservation of archaeological ruins or protected marine life, as well as general support to the NGO in communication and fund raising, organizing and running community workshops, conferences, outreaches and research. Volunteer tasks will vary depending on their background. 

Volunteers can expect a long day of physically rewarding work, requiring high energy levels. Tasks can include litter collection, cleaning of monuments, protecting restricted areas of parks, gardening, help in renovation activities. 

Your work schedule depends on the current workload and the weather and will be discussed every day with the volunteer supervisor. 

To be considered to work within marine preservation volunteers are required to be strong swimmers, although diving is kept to a restricted depth so volunteers do not need to have scuba diving experience. ​

Possible Tasks

Depending on your skill the various activities and tasks may include:

Desk support in communication, marketing and fundraising with activities such as web editing, social media management, campaigning, content production and grant making activities

Support to keep the site clean and well-mantained. If you have skills in carpentry or in handicrafts, you are more tha welcome to use these during youir stay: the site needs some maintenance from time to time. 

Monitoring the area and preventing boat access, illegal fishing, protecting monumental areas.

If you have a biology and marine conservation background you could help in collecting datas and analysis and in scientific research. If you have an archelogical background you could support research and dissemination.

educate guests and local people on the importance of conservation and natural resources.

Suitable for


Typical day

After the initial orientation, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 4 to 6 hours per day.  You may therefore plan daily activities which could include sightseeing, shopping or taking Italian language lessons. 

Example of a typical day (Wednesday to Sunday; Monday and Tuesday are usually free):

10:00 AM  Starting placement 

1:00 PM  Lunch break (Lunch may be offered at selected locations)

1:30 - 4:00 PM  Volunteering at your choosen project

After 4:00 PM  Leisure time

Program 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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Italian (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Environment, Science, Biology, Archeology, Fund raising, Communication and marketing at High School / University level
Required Documents
Cv and Cover Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers who wish to join the program must have relevant experience. This can be either linked to your university studies or past work and volunteering experience. This project is well suited to volunteers who are highly motivated and self-driven and those who would like to gain work experience. Essential Skills include an open-minded attitude and the desire to learn. Volunteers are required to be strong swimmers although diving is kept to a restricted depth.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at International Napoli Network are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Volunteers have the weekends free. Italy is universally recognised 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 local staff.

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Services by International Napoli Network
Accommodation, basic breakfast, support and supervision by local team are included in the fee. Also a work insurance is provided by the organisation.

The cheapest option is a dormitory with 4 beds. There are also double or single rooms that can be rented at an extra cost. All the rooms have their own private bathroom. 

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, juice fruit). Meals are avalaible on demand at an extra cost.

Volunteers in Naples generally find US$ 100 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses. Food is cheap in Naples: you can get an entire pizza margherita for $3.5 - $4.5! 

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Napoli/Italy between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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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Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Italy. Please check the visa regulations for Italy.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Italy.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Capodichino (NAP) in Napoli. We assist you to find cheap flights to Italy.
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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.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Italy you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Italy.
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