You'll work in the smallest Natural Protected Area of Europe: a historical area with an archeological site with romans ruins in the borders of the city.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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