Local NGOs provide services to an increasing refugee and migrant community such as shelter, food, 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.
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
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!