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International Napoli Network

Migrants and Refugees Integration Support

Napoli, Italy

Help the refugee and migrant community gain a foothold in Europe by helping in shelters, educating, health care and activities tailored to their long-term integration.

The Volunteer's Role

Organisations that work specifically with migrants and refugees in Naples, generally have limited resources and rely heavily on local and international volunteer support to run their various initiatives. These organisations require volunteer support in a wide variety of activities such as administration, management skills and community workshops, supporting migrants with their daily activities and needs, cleaning, food distribution, event organisation, research, communication and outreach. Daily volunteer tasks vary as required by the organisation in which volunteers are placed and according to their current initiatives. Volunteers who have relevant experience may have the opportunity to become involved in counselling and legal support to migrants seeking humanitarian asylum.

Refugees and Migrants in Italy 

In the past few years an increasing number of refugees have arrived on the Italian shores escaping war and persecution. Many others have lost their lives in their attempt to reach Europe with the hope of finding safety and protection. Few can fully understand the reasons that drive these people to leave their home countries, or the difficulties they face and violence they suffer along their journey. The lack of knowledge and understanding leads to distorted views of this phenomenon which over time risks fuelling discriminatory attitudes toward asylum seekers and refugees. The organisations that are responsible for the integration of refugees and migrants in the territory also commit to raising awareness among local populations, in order to manage and prevent conflict and to create the best possible conditions to facilitate the integration process. 

Possible Tasks

The region of Campania, which includes the area of Naples, has a large number of immigration reception centres and is the third city in Italy for the number of asylum seekers and immigrants that it accommodates. 

The organisations that we work with ensure the following basic services in the various reception centres: 

  • Food, accommodation, medical and psychological assistance
  • Italian language lessons
  • Legal and bureaucratic assistance, specifically in regards to applying for asylum
  • Support in job seeking
  • Support in obtaining a compulsory school diploma (as required by the Italian law)
  • Training courses and workshops
  • Sports and recreational activities (academic support, socialising games)
  • English language lessons
  • Management of common spaces: cleaning, serving food
  • Workshops for different kind of competences (computer programmes, musical instruments, arts, languages, sports, crafts, health, CV writing) and to promote self-employment and microenterprise
  • Intercultural exchange, gathering information and support in verbalising stories and information in regards to their migration, that can be used for their asylum application and for finding work. 
Further support can be at an organisational level in the office, in particular report writing in English language, search for grants, communication and social media management, event planning, best practice research and networking. 

The organisations that operate on the territory host hundreds of refugees. Their primary job is to provide legal and psychological support to the asylum seekers during their application process and support them in obtaining documents, permits and access to public services. In particular, the organisations have to deal with the frequent long delays in the application process by the Territorial Commissions, delays that can last up to two years. Addressing this “limbo state” is the hardest and most complicated job for these organisations. Often they have to deal with financial difficulties (due to the inherent delays of payments by the P.A.) and the pressure to accommodate more guests due to the intensification of the migratory flow. As a results they find themselves with a significant amount of work whilst having to ensure services without having the necessary resources and adequate staff. The most effective impact would be in improving the services, helping the organisations build networks, researching best practice and planning new interventions. These are usually the most penalised activities in day-to-day management and in times of emergency.

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. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on - some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning free. You may therefore plan daily activities which could include sightseeing, shopping or taking Italian language lessons. 

Example of a typical day (Monday to Friday; weekends are usually free)

10:00 AM  Starting office hours at selected placement 

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

1:30 - 4:00 PM  Regular office hours

After 4:00 PM  Leisure time

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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date. Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Social Sciences, Human Rights, International Law, Politics at University level
Required Documents
Resume and Cover Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers who wish to join the Migrant and Refugee Support program must have relevant experience. This can be either linked to your university studies or past work 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 help others and learn. Knowledge of French or Italian is very useful, but not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Accommodation, basic breakfast, support and supervision by local team are included in the fee. Also a work insurance is provided by the organisation.
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 8 volunteers, a gendered bathroom, common kitchen or kitchenette and a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city. There are also double or single rooms with their own private bathroom that can be booked at an extra cost.


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

Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, biscuit bread). Meals are available on demand at an extra cost.


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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$725.00
5 weeks
$860.00
6 weeks
$995.00
7 weeks
$1,130.00
8 weeks
$1,265.00
9 weeks
$1,400.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,805.00
Average fees
$166.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Napoli/Italy between 4 weeks and 12 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.
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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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